Answered By: Kim Read
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019     Views: 142

There are different strategies you can use to locate a resource that will work for you, today. 

•    Choose another database: Our article databases (there are many!) each provide access to different journals. 

•    Search our catalog: Use OneSearch to search many databases at once. This video (the last 45 seconds, from 1:30-2:12) shows you how: 

•    Check your search terms: the words you use in your search determine your results. Maybe your search needs different keywords? See this Search Tips page for ideas or try searching for terms in ERIC's online thesaurus (for education topics).

•    Ask a librarian: we help students with their searches (what words to use, where to search, etc.) all day long and we can help you find full text articles.

•    Limit your search to full text only: more info below.

Most of our databases provide full text access to articles—but not every article. Sometimes you’ll find citation-only or abstract-only entries. Whether an article is available in full text for immediate access depends on the database you are searching and the journal in which the article is published.  

You can limit the results of your search to include only documents with full text, thus eliminating any citation-only and abstract-only articles. Each database vendor (EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Gale, etc.) has a different appearance, but the option to limit to “full text” is usually present on the advanced search page (see image below). If you click it, and perform a search, the only citations returned will include a link to the article in full text.  

Keep in mind that there is a downside to limiting searches to include only full text articles. If you do this you won’t see any citations for content that might be available in other databases. That means you’ll have to search each database individually to find the most content in full text.

ProQuest advanced search with arrow pointing to full text box

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