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Finding Article Text - PsycInfo

This guide will walk ou through getting to the full text of an article from PsycInfo.

1. Below are three article results from PsycInfo. Each shows one scenario for finding full text of articles. 

a. Article 6, the middle one, is the most straightforward. If your article offers a HTML or PDF link, clicking on either one of those will take you to the full text of the article. 

b. Article 5 has a "Click Here to Check for Full Text" link. Click on that link. It will open a new tab. Jump to 2 for additional instructions. 

c. Article 7 shows an article the database doesn't think the library has. Repeat the steps in 1b first. If there are no results, click Request through Interlibrary Loan to get the item from another library. There is no charge for students, staff, or faculty.

List of article results, with red arrows by the means of finding full text

2. Article results will open in the main library interface, like below. Click on either the database name or the symbol next to it (both highlighted with green arrows). There may be multiple options under View Online. The content is the same; the formatting may be different.

NOTE: Sometimes database links will take you to the journal rather than the individual article. If that happens, you can use the citation to find the article. Look at the year, volume and issue in the citation, and use them to navigate to the article for which you're looking.

Library catalogue entry with green arrows pointing to the database title and the symbol

3. Download the article. This option will look different, and be in different places depending on the database. 

Finding Article Text - Library Catalogue

This guide will walk you through finding the full text of an article, starting from the main library search. 

1. From search results, first make sure what you're interested in is an article. It will be indicated by "Article" before the title - where the green check is in the picture. Then click on the article title, indicated by the red arrow in the image. 

Library catalogue results with a green checkmark pointing to article, and a red arrow next to the article's title. There is a red X next to a book result

2. Click "Available Online", indicated by the red arrow. This will show you the options for accessing the full article. This article has three options - highlighted by the red bracket. Pay attention to the dates listed under the title - you want to pick a source that includes the date of your article. All three options here are fine. Click any of the areas at which the green arrows point (titles and symbols). This will take you to the full article.

NOTE: Sometimes database links will take you to the journal rather than the individual article. If that happens, you can use the citation to find the article. Look at the year, volume and issue in the citation, and use them to navigate to the article for which you're looking.

Catalogue record for Cranes. Red arrow by "available online" and green arrows by the database names

3. Download the article. The download option will look a bit different in different databases. JSTOR, where the below pic is from, has the download button at the top, above the PDF viewer. 

Cranes in a PDF viewer, with a citation + download and save option