Academic articles, those published in scholarly journals, are the bedrock of most academic disciplines. They provide an indepth analysis of narrow topics. Prior to publishing, articles are vetted through a process called peer-review. Most articles include footnotes or a bibliography which can lead you to other material on a topic.
If the fulltext of the article is not available directly in a database, then click on the purple Check for UW holdings button to find out if the UW has an electronic or print copy of the journal article you need. If there is no button, then search the UW Libraries Search for the title of the journal to determine if the UW owns a copy.
Articles from journals which the UW does not own can be requested via Interlibrary loan.