Part 2 - Finding the Full Text of the Article.
After you have reviewed the results of your database search, you may need to locate the full text of the article. Or you may have a specific citation you need to locate. You have the option of looking for an electronic copy or paper copy on the library shelf. See the details below.
I. Electronic Copy: Depending on the database used, you will see various links - either on the top line or the bottom line of the display of the article title and abstract. The links can help you locate the full text of the article.
The Most Direct Links are called HTML or PDF:
HTML Full Text Click on this link to bring you directly to the text of the article. This kind of link has the best results for most computers. Some graphs and pictures may not be included when you view the article.
PDF Full Text Click on this link to load the full text of the article as it appeared in print. Tables, charts, graphics, or pictures will be included in the PDF file. Beware, the pdf file may load slowly. Wait for the file to load before you try to print or save the file. Also beware, if you are not using a computer on campus, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer. You can download this for free from the Adobe web site.
Links called Linked Full Text can be helpful: The example below is from the database PsycInfo which makes frequent use of this kind of linking.
Linked Full Text This kind of link brings you to one of several different electronic sources for the article. Each source will have a different kind of screen.
1.. Before you click on linked full text, write down the citation.
This includes the title of the article, the name of the journal, the date and year, the volume
and issue #, and page numbers.
This table provides techniques and details about using specific providers to find specific articles.
Information about specific Linked Full Text Providers:
The Link - Search for Full Text - looks for electronic copy in several steps.
The Search for Full Text link does an automatic search for an electronic copy of the requested journal by checking the List of Full Text Electronic Journals for John Jay College. The example below demonstrates the multiple steps involved before you locate the full text of the article.
Example of search results from the PsycINFO database:
1. Click on Search for Full Text. The resulting report provides two possible sources: Health Reference Center Academic and EBSCOhost EJS (electronic journal service).
2. Click on Health Reference Center Academic and you will find a list of years for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Select 2004, then Jan. 2004
3. A list of the articles in Issue # 1 will appear. Select the article you need. Articles are listed in order of the starting page number. Click on the Text link and the full text will appear.
4. If the first source you try in Step 1 does not include the article, try the next source listed.
In our example, the next source is EBSCOhost EJS. Details about using EJS are listed below:
General hints about using Links to locate the Full Text of the article:
1. Checking the box Full Text on the search screen will let you limit your database search results to only those articles that have the full text by. Only some databases have this option. Note: You may miss some important articles on your subject by limiting your results to full text.
2. Clicking on the title of the article links to the full text in some of the databases, but not in all cases. Look for a full text symbol or a link that says Full-Text, HTML Full text, PDF Full Text, Linked Full Text, Search for Full Text, or Text
3. If you find the publisher url listed with the abstract, do not use the url to link to the full text of the article. In most cases you will not have free access through the url, because access depends on subscription fees. Use databases instead.
4. When the search screen you encounter is new to you, try clicking on Search Tips or Help buttons.
5. Even when you are able to locate a list of the years and volumes for a journal, you may discover that the particular year you want is still not available. This happens occasionally – especially for the most current issues of publications.
6. Linking to articles is a new use of computer technology. Problems will happen.
7. Keep trying the various links available. The last one you try may be successful!
8. Before you give up, ask for help from a librarian. You can email the librarian from the ASK a Librarian link on the library Web page. Or you may call the Library Reference Desk at (212) 237-8246 or (212) 237-8247
Using the List of Full Text Electronic Journals to find the text.
The List of Full Text Electronic Journals on the Library Web page can be searched directly when all other links have not found the article. Or you may start with this option when you already know the specific article you wish to locate.
1. First write down the article title, the name of the journal, the date and year, the volume and issue #, and the pages .
2. Go to library web site at http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu. Click on the List of Full Text Electronic Journals which is listed in the left column as shown below.
3. Search the name of the journal you need. This example is searching for New Scientist.
4. If electronic copy is available, a report will appear that lists the name of the Journal you need, the name of the Source (usually a library database) and the years of the journal that should be included in the database. Confirm that the date you need is included in the “Coverage” column. Then click on the Journal Name – in this case – New Scientist.
5. A list of years, volumes and issue numbers will appear. Select the appropriate year and issue number.
6. A list of articles in Issue 2415 will appear. Use the starting page number (p.40) to find the article in the list . (The list is in order by page numbers)
7. Click on the HTML link and the full text of the article will appear.
Trouble- shooting for the List of Full Text Electronic Journals
When the first link you try in Step 4 above does not link to the article, try the other links for the journal.
1. Click on another listing of the Journal Name. In this case – New Scientist.
2. If the Journal Name link does not work, try linking through the Source named in the column on the right. In this case, the link in the first line under the Journal Name (New Scientist) will not work. Instead use the link for the Source listed (Info Trac Business and Company).
Example from The List of Full Text Electronic Journals :
3. When the Info Trac Business screen appears, select the Articles option and then select the Advanced Search option.
4. Set your search terms to pull the article you want. If you are looking for the article The pursuit of happiness by Michael Bond in New Scientist 10/4/2003, set up your search in the following way:
a) Use the pull down menu to change the first empty search box to Title and type part of the title of the article - pursuit of happiness
b) Use the pull down menu to change the second empty search box to Author and type in the author’s last name – Bond
c) Use the Limit by journal name search box and type in the journal title – New Scientist
Example search screen from Info Trac Business and Company:
5. You will find the article in your results list. Click on the Text link and the article will appear.
When you are not able to find the full text, ask a librarian for help!
II. Paper Copies
When other links have not worked, use the link Search CUNY + Library Catalog.
This link performs an automatic look-up for subscriptions to the journal in CUNY+, the electronic catalog for all nineteen libraries of the CUNY system. The journal may be shown as available in paper, microfilm, or microfiche.
Example of PsycINFO search results:
To search for the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
1. Click on the link: Search CUNY + Library Catalog If a CUNY library owns the journal, then the link will automatically bring you to a screen which lists the libraries with subscriptions.
2. Look for John Jay College under the heading “Holdings.”
3. Since John Jay does not show in the list, follow the instructions to click on the title.
When you click on the title Journal of the American Academy… this link brings you to a page with information about the journal. Scroll to the bottom until you see Holdings. Click on John Jay College.
The list of holdings for John Jay will appear as shown below. The list refers to paper copy for the journal.
Look for the paper copy of the issue (Vol. 43, Issue 1) by using the call number (RJ499 .A1 A4)
Current year issues are shelved by call number in the Current Periodical section on the 2nd floor of the Library. Earlier years are shelved by call number in the Bound Periodicals section, also on the 2nd floor of the Library.
When No subscription is found for any of the CUNY Libraries, then a message will appear in red.
If this happens, Ask a Librarian for help in finding other sources.
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