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English 201

Steps to get the full text of an article

Understand three ways to get your hands on full articles

A. The 3 methods:

1. Find a Journal -- gets you to all of the journals to which the Library subscribes. We pay for the journal access and you get access for free.

  • The link to Find a Journal can be found on the Library home page.
  • You searched by journal title in order to find a journal. Once you arrived at the journal, you then located the specific article that was needed.

2. Google Scholar - gets you to journal articles that are available without subscription on the Internet (and may get some subscription material via methods too complicated to explain here).

  • When searching Google Scholar, search for the specific item (e.g. article) you need. You do not search by journal title.
  • You search with an author's name combined with keywords in the article title. Or you might do an exact search for the article title by putting quote marks around the title.

3. Interlibrary Loan - is a solution for getting full articles that you cannot find for free using Journal Finder or Google Scholar.

  • Interlibrary loan allows you to request items which we will get from another library for you.
  • This is a free service although the time to get the item varies.

B. Employing the three methods

When you have a citation for an article, but not the full article, you can start by searching either Journal Finder or Google Scholar.

1. If you don't find what you need in Find a Journal, then try Google Scholar.

2. If you start with Google Scholar and don't find the full article, then try Find a Journal.

3. If you cannot find the full text of the article, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request form.


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