How to get the full text of an article, at no cost

One of the biggest problems that students, faculty, and staff seem to have when searching for articles is finding the complete full text version of that article. Often, databases provide the citation only, leaving users scratching their heads when it comes to getting the full text.

However, this is not as big a problem as it seems. The OU-Tulsa Library makes it easy to get full-text. In fact, we devote a section of our web page to solutions for this problem.

Here’s quick rundown of your full-text options:

The full text might be available through the database you’re using, but you may not have recognized it. Look for links that say “PDF Full-Text”  “HTML Full-text,” “Linked Full Text,”  or”Link to Article.”

Just because it’s not in the database you found that citation doesn’t mean it’s not in another database. Check the library’s e-journals for full text electronic access.

All three library catalogs – the Bizzell catalog, the Bird Library catalog, and the OU-Tulsa Library catalog – offer full-text links to many electronic resources. In the OU-Tulsa Library catalog, you’ll see links that say “View Online” or “Find E-Journals” that will lead you to full text.

Strangely enough, you’ll often find the article in the paper copies of the journals that are on our shelves. Don’t forget to check this important resource!

Finally, the OU-Tulsa Library’s interlibrary loan service, ILLiad, allows you to request copies of articles at no charge. It’s a fast and efficient way to get both books and articles, so be sure to use it!




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