Q. I need full-text journal articles about a particular topic. What's the easiest way to find relevant articles?
The easiest way to get to full-text articles on a particular topic is to search one of our literature databases and then use the UNMC library full-text links or buttons for the articles of interest.
1. Go to the library's homepage http://www.unmc.edu/library
2. Click on "Literature Databases"
3. Pick the best database for your topic. MEDLINE, EMBASE, or Scopus will work well for most topics. CINAHL is often useful for nursing or allied health topics. PsycINFO is useful for topics with psychosocial, psychiatric or cognitive science aspects. ERIC may be useful for education-related topics, although it is most heavily focused on k-12 and undergraduate education.
4. Search for the topic of interest.
5. When the search results appear, look for the library's full-text buttons or links.
- In CINAHL, MEDLINE via EBSCOhost, PsycINFO and ERIC, use the "check for full-text" icons that appear next to a bookshelf icon under each search result.
- In PubMed, and EMBASE; look for the "GetIt!@UNMC" buttons. To find these buttons in PubMed, you will need to either use the "Format" drop-down to change to the abstract view or click on an article title to see the detailed article record that contains the full-text buttons.
- In Scopus, click on the "Locate full-text" link
6. If our Library licenses the article, the journal content vendor's website will appear on the left-hand side of the page and a side bar with information about the article will appear in a right-hand side bar.
a. Usually, the webpage for the specific article of interest will appear on the left. In the screenshot below, compare title in side-bar to title on webpage (dotted black arrow).
- When this happens, just look around for the pdf or full-text link or icon (see red arrow in the figure).
- If you can't find the full-text/pdf link, try collapsing the right-hand side bar (blue arrow in figure) to see if the needed full-text/pdf link is hidden behind the sidebar.
b. Sometimes, the journal's website or content vendor's website will appear rather than the specific article's webpage. In these cases:
- look for a journal search box and search for the journal article's title (available with the other article information in the sidebar, see blue box in screenshot).
- If a journal search box isn't immediately visible, look for a "previous issues," "back issues," or "archives" link. Use the volume, issue and page number information in the side bar to find the article you need.
- If you have trouble finding a search box or past issues link, try collapsing the side bar (red arrow in screenshot).
- If you can't find the article, you can always order it using the "Order item through Interlibrary Loan" link (blue arrow in screenshot).
7. If the McGoogan Library doesn't license the journal article of interest, a page similar to the screenshot below will appear.
a. You may want to try the "Search Google Scholar By Title" link first. Authors sometimes make their articles freely available on the web.
b. You may order the articles using the "Order item through Interlibrary Loan" button.
- A Interlibrary Loan login box will appear. If you haven't used Interlibrary Loan before, click on the "Create an account" link below the login boxes and follow the instructions to create your account. Return to the page with the "Order Item through Interlibrary Loan" button and click the button again. The request form will be filled out for you.
- Review the information in the request form.
- Click the "Submit" button.
- 90% of requests are filled within two weekdays (M-F).
- The library can only post articles for 30 days. So check your e-mail for an e-mail from the library and access your account to access the article before the 30 days is up.