Answered By: Lorin Flores
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016     Views: 105

Use the following steps to locate an article in full-text if you only have a citation or abstract.

Do you see a link that looks like the one to the left?

Step 1. Check for Full-text via LinkSource

Clicking on this link will take you to an intermediate page that attempts to direct you to any online content that might be available.  Sometimes there are multiple online copies listed.  If there are no links to the full text displayed, there are two reasons why:

Scenario One: We only have print copies available


Scenario Two: We don't have a subscription to that particular journal

We may very well have print copies of the article you need, so it is worth your while to check first for print in the Library Catalog.

Step 2. Check for Print Issues in the Catalog

Simply type in the title of the Journal (not the article title) using the Journal search tab in the Library Catalog.  It will look like this:

The catalog will indicate where the journal is located as well as its call number, and any links to full-text (if available).

3. How to Obtain Articles Not in the Library Collections

You have two options for obtaining articles we don't have, and both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Option One: InterLibrary Loan allows you to order articles, books, and more from other institutions.  Simply login to ILL with your NetID and complete the form.  You may check the status of your orders and access electronic articles from the ILL system.  Print items will be available for pick up at the Circulation desk, and you will get an email notifying you when your items arrive.  Processing time takes 3-10 days on average.

Option Two: Get a Texshare card at the Circulation desk, and use WorldCat to find other Texas libraries that have the journal you need.  Texshare cards are good for a semester and allow you borrowing privileges at other Texas libraries.