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SPAN 3110: Advanced Conversation & Composition I

Finding Articles from Citations

Very often, especially for more recent articles, you will find either full-text links or the Full Text Finder link icon right in the database itself. Unfortunately, there are many times when this doesn't happen.

The video below covers the situation when you have a citation, but not a direct link to the full text. If you are unable to view this video, try accessing it in YouTube

Finding Articles When There's Nothing to Click On

Sample links for full text sourcesThe video above covers the process of finding articles that are online. 

On the other hand, though, there are many occasions when you don't have anything to click on to get the full text, such as:

  • the database you are using has neither full text nor Find It links;
  • your source for the journal information is not online, but is in printed form such as a bibliography in a book or list of sources in a printed journal article.

Assuming you've identified your citation as an article citation (see this three-part video on identifying citations), you need to do a Periodical Title search in ALICE and search for the title of the entire journal, newspaper, or magazine—NOT the title of the article.  

In many cases, especially for older issues, there may not be any online versions of the magazine, journal, or newspaper, but we may have the full text in print or microform. Below is an annotated sample screen of what you might find in ALICE for the non-electronic volumes of Newsweek.Screenshot of ALICE record for a magazine

These screens can be hard to interpret, so don't hesitate to ask for help if you get stuck!

If we don't have the article you need online, or in print or microform, you can almost always obtain it, for free, by making an Interlibrary Loan request.