Journal articles can help you delve deeper into your topic than books and encyclopedias. Review articles will give you an overview of the state of a field over a period of time (pay attention to the publication date; they go out-of-date quickly). Research articles tell you exactly how a scientist performed his or her experiments and interpreted the results.
These resources help you find journal articles in various fields related to your projects.
So, you've found an article in a database and now you want to read the full text. Look for the PennText link or button in the article's detailed record.
Click on PennText to open a page with options for obtaining the full-text (see below for a screen capture).