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I can't find the whole article, just an abstract. How do I get to the full-text?

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Sometimes when you are searching for articles in the library's research databases all you can find is an abstract, not the full-text. If there is no link to the PDF or HTML of the full-text article, look for a button that says "Full Text Finder."It looks like this:full text finder logo

That button will bring you to a page where you can do a search for the item on Google Scholar. Sometimes Google Scholar will find an open access version of the article. Look to the right of the search results for link to full-text in Google Scholar.

If Google Scholar doesn't find the full-text, use the link on the Full Text Finder page to request the item via interlibrary loan. We'll request the article from a library that has it and send it to you as a PDF. This could take a few days, so if you need it right now this isn't a good option.

If you need full-text articles right away, you can go back to your search results and look on the left hand side to choose to limit your search to full-text. In an Ebsco database this shows up under "refine your results." In Gale databases, there is a box that says "only full-text."

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Ebsco full-text only Gale full-text only