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Locating Articles: Online (full-text) or Print

Explains the steps to find an article online (full text) or in print when you are in a database, or have a citation.


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This guide explains how to find the full text of an article two different ways:

1) When you are in a database (during your search), or

2) When you have a citation (and not in a database)

There is no single answer because of publisher and database restrictions, so the steps you need to follow will depend upon what you encounter during your search.

Select from the main menu to continue.

Refer to A Place to Get Started or the Library Research Tutorial for help on using databases to identify articles and other research strategies.




At any point if you see either of the graphics below, PDF or HTML, click on the link and the article should open.

HTML: Best for online viewing
PDF: Best for printing

If We Don't Have An Article You Need

You can reqeust a copy from the InterLibrary Loan Dept. It's free and fast.


Interpreting a Citation

The links below explain the pieces of a citation, for a bibliography or for in the paper. Understanding this will make writing your papers easier, regardless of the format style you are using.