Periodical Databases consist of records.
Each record describes one specific article.
It gives you information about and/or from periodical articles:
Citation Although the database may not contain the full-text of the article, the citation includes all the pieces of information you will need to find the article. Citations of articles often include the author, title, magazine or journal name, page numbers and publication information.
Abstract Besides the citation, a database record may also include an abstract or summary of the article's content. Reading the abstract you learn more precisely what an article discusses. Abstracts can save you time by helping you identify the best articles on your topic.
Full text In many cases the database record will include the complete text of the article and even graphics or illustrations. If not, you can use the Journal Locator to check which database has the full text, or if the Library carries that periodical in print.