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Off-Campus Library Services: Finding Articles

This guide is designed to assist Distance Education with accessing materials for their research.

Accessing Journal Articles

Once you are in a database, and have identified articles related to your topic, you can then try to locate the article. 

  • If the database says the article is in PDF or Full-text, click on the link and the article will appear on your computer screen - or take you to a publisher site where you will need to click on PDF / Full-Text. You have located your article(s).
  • If the database does not link to a PDF / Full Text article, then print out /save /place in folder  the citation for the article you like.  As you do so make sure you include the:
    • Article Title
    • Journal Title / Book Title (for articles in books)
    • Author
    • Volume, Issue Number, Page Numbers and Date

Next, using the citation information, see if the journal is in our hardcover or electronic library by going to the library's Journal Title List and entering in the title of the JOURNAL into the Search Box.  The Journal Title List will tell you if we own the journal, for which years and you can compare it to the specific volume (aka years) you need. 

  • If the list says a journal is available online for the years you want, just click on the title of the Journal, then select the year / issue / article title and then tell it to print out the PDF (preferably) or Full Text article.  You will then have the journal article on your screen.
  • If it is not in our library but you really need it, you can then request it via Inter-Library Loans.(i.e. have the library get the item from another library and deliver it to you.)   (NOTE: Inter-Library Loans can take time to so give the library at least two weeks before you receive the article. )