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Accessing Articles

Once you've found articles, accessing them is the easy part. 

  • If you searched Our Collections (the search box on the library homepage), look for links that says Available online or Full text available, like in the image below:

  • Each database company does things slightly differently, but usually, they'll use one ore more of the following words: PDF, Download, and Full text. Here are a few examples.

    Proquest is a company - we subscribe to a few different databases through them. In their databases, look for the phrase Full text, like in the image below:

    JSTOR is one database. They use the words Download PDF - see the image below.

If you see a link that says 'Available at Penfield Library Journal Collection...'

If you see a link that says Available at Penfield Library Journal Collection, 2nd Floor like in the image below:

  1. Click on the link to see which years or issues the Library has in it's physical collection. These will be listed after any database collections:

  2. In this example, Penfield Library has volume 33, Issue 210 (2000) to volume 46, issue 29 (2013) in the physical journal collection on the 2nd floor.

If you see a link that says Available at Penfield Library Periodical Storage, Lower Level like in the image below:

  1. You can place a request to have an article scanned using a tool called ILLiad. If you're not familiar with this tool, you can follow these instructions on how to request an article. A library employee will then collect this item from the basement for you, scan the article, and upload a PDF to the ILLiad site. You'll receive an email notification that it's available, and you can download it.

If you see the phrase 'Full Text Finder.'..

You will probably see the phrase Full Text Finder in your search results. This just means that we have the article in another database. Just click on the link - it will take you straight to the article or the journal's homepage.  

If it takes you to the homepage for the journal, like in the image below, you can either "Search within publication" (2b in the image below) or browse by date to find your article (2a in the image below). Some databases may only let you browse by date, but several should have both options. 


If you see the phrase 'Request through interlibrary loan'...

If you see Request through interlibrary loan, like in the image below, that means we do not have access to the article. However, we can get it for you from another library! It usually takes us a few days to get the article, and we'll email you once it's arrived. 

Check out our instructions on how to request an article you found in a database.

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