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4 c. Locate full-text articles

Full Text Articles

What does full-text mean?

The full-text of an online article is the complete printable article. Databases provide full-text articles in different formats including:

  • HTML only 
  • PDF only 
  • Both HTML and PDF

Do all article databases provide full-text?

No. Article databases differ in the amount of full-text articles they provide:

  • Some databases include full-text for ALL the articles indexed in a database collection.
  • Some databases include full-text for only a PORTION of the articles indexed in a database collection. For articles that are not available in full-text, a citation (reference) and abstract (summary) or citation only is provided.
  • Some databases provide NO full text. These databases provide a citation (reference) and abstract (summary) or citation only for all the articles indexed. 

If I found an article citation in a database and the full-text article is not available in this database, what options do I have for finding the full-text article?

  1. Search the the title of the journal, magazine, or newspaper using our Journal Finder tool to find out if the full-text is available online through any of Reynolds Libraies databases - OR - if it’s available in print in the library. Make sure you search for the periodical title (e.g., American Journal of Psychology, Newsweek) and not the article title
  2. Alternatively, you can fill out our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request form to request items that are not available through Reynolds Libraries.