Let's say you've chosen a research topic (such as "choral music of Igor Stravinsky"), and now you need to find related journal articles. You can start by searching an online journal index. (An index contains citations to articles, providing author, title, and subject information, plus a listing of the journal's name and volume. You are also often given an abstract--a brief summary of the article.)
Three essential music index/abstract databases to which we subscribe are IIMP (International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text), Music Index, and RILM Abstracts.
In all three of these databases, you will find that many (but not all) of the search results will lead you to direct links where you can view the full-text of the article online. (If you can't access full-text online for the article you want, please proceed to Step 2.)
Another tip: you can also search your topic in Grove Music Online. The article you select will have a bibliography section, usually citing several related journal articles for further reading.
Once you know which journal contains the article you want, you can use the Periodical List database to see whether Texas State has the journal--either in print or electronic form--and it will provide you with a call number to the print journal or a link for electronic access. (Type in the title of the journal you want, not the article title.) This comprehensive, searchable list of periodical titles includes: