Q. I have a citation for a journal article. How do I find the full text?


Search by Article Title

You can always first try searching for the resource by article title using the Library’s Roadrunner Search. From the Library’s homepage type or copy and paste the article title (or partial title) into the central search box. Make sure to surround the article title with quotation marks. The quotation marks tell the search engine to search for this exact phrase. Change the drop-down box from Keyword to Title and click submit.

Screenshot of an example title search using the Roadrunner Basic Search box.

Search by Journal Title

If your search is unsuccessful in retrieving your article, the next step will be to determine whether the Library subscribes to this particular journal. You can check to see which journals the Library subscribes to by going to the Find a Resource tab on the Library home page and SEARCHING BY THE JOURNAL TITLE (not the article title).

For example, let’s say this is our citation:

Cheng-yen, W. (2010). Educational implications of blogs for enriching adult collaborative distance learning. International Journal Of Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning, 2(2), 59-71.

Screenshot of Find a Resource search results screen.

The search results tell us if the Library subscribes to the journal, what years the Library subscribes to, and what database(s) the full text is in. Clicking on the hyperlinked database name will take us directly to full-text access of the publication. From the publication record, we can browse by issue or search within the publication.

Screenshot of the publication details page for the International Journal of Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning.

If searching within the publication, we can try searching by the article title and/or author name.

Education Research Complete Advanced Search screen showing example search by journal.

Keep in mind that the interface may be different depending on which database the publication is available within. Most publication records will provide both options of browsing by issue or searching within the publication.

  • Last Updated Jan 23, 2019
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