The library subscribes to many online databases, electronic journals, and print magazines/journals. These subscriptions comes from different publishers and providers, so they can have different access to different titles. In one database you might only find an abstract for an article, but how are you supposed to know that we have a print copy on the shelves?
It can be confusion! But, there are some simple steps to follow to check to see if we have full text, and if nothing else, simply ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!
Below is a video outlining the steps to follow to find the full text of an article.
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1. If the database only has the abstract or a citation of an article, your first stop should be ALEX Discovery, the database can let you know whether we have electronic access through another source or even a print subscription. Some of our databases, have a link that will launch a search for the article in ALEX Discovery. Your search can either be by article title or by journal name.
*If you are searching online (like with Google or Google Scholar), you will want to find the article title on the webpage, and search for it in ALEX Discovery. Never pay money to access the full text of an article through the publisher's website.
2. If we have the full text in ALEX Discovery, you will see the article record with a link to the full text of the article.
3. If we do not have the full text of an article, a search in ALEX Discovery might result in a yellow box. Don't despair. Click on the "library's worldwide" link to start an interlibrary loan request.