A starting point to help with your research and coursework in psychology.

Finding the Full Text of an Article

Finding the full text of an article can be challenging because the library may provide access in different ways:

Most of the time the library has an electronic subscription to the journal, or the article can be found in a database, or the article can be found for free online.

Sometimes the library provides a journal only in hard copy (usually for older years of a journal).*

If those options don't work, you can ask the library to get it via interlibrary loan.

Usually the full text is just a few clicks away. Follow the steps in the handout linked below.

If you have a DOI number, you can create a link to the article using the form below.  The link goes to the publisher page for the article. It might have free full text from the library. If you don't find free full text at the publisher page, the article can almost always be found using other methods from the handout.

If your article is only available in print at the EMU Library, you can request that staff in the Circulation Department scan the article for you.

Decoding the Full-Text Availability Screen

If you are presented with a screen listing options for retrieving an article's full-text rather than the full-text itself, follow these steps:

  1. Take note of the article's publication date. Screenshot of an article's detailed record with publication date highlighted.
  2. Take note of the article's availability (whether it is available online, in print, or both) Screenshot of an article's detailed record with availability information highlighted.
  3. Compare that date to the availability ranges listed for each option. Screenshot of an article's detailed record with full text availability options highlighted
  4. Select any option in which the range includes the article's publication date. Screenshot of an article's detailed record full-text availability options with cursor hovering over relevant link. If an item is not available online, but is available in print, proceed to the location indicated under the "Locations" heading. Magazines and journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title on the library's 2nd. floor. Screenshot of an article's detailed record showing physical locations of print journal.

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