When you conduct a search in a database or the library catalog, the results are organized into records. In addition to information about the source (like author, title, publication date, abstract/summary), a record will indicate how to access your source in full text. When you search for an article in full text, there are a few possible scenarios that you might encounter. Below you'll find four ways you can access articles here at URI.
1. PDF or HTML Full Text Attachment
- Some records have a PDF or HTML file linked right with the record. Simply select the link, and you will be led to the full-text article.
- If you have a choice of either a PDF or HTML file, the PDF is often more useful because it is a scan of the original document. It will include page numbers, charts, graphs, and illustrations--features that may not be available in the HTML version.
2. Search @ URI Libraries
- If there is no PDF or HTML Full Text attached to the record, do not give up! Often you can still access the article through the URI Libraries.
- Look for the Search @ URI Libraries link, which may be located next to or below the record information.
- After selecting Search @ URI Libraries, a new window will open that provides link(s) to access the article in full text.
- Select the link that follows "View online" to access the full-text article.
3. Access in Print
- When searching for full-text articles, the Search @ URI Libraries link might bring you to a record that indicates a physical location in the URI Libraries. This indicates that your article is available in the library's bound volumes of periodicals.
- Identify the date, volume, and issue of the journal that your article is in, and match it against the dates listed in the record.
- If the catalog record indicates that the library has the appropriate date, volume, and issue, write down the call number of the journal and visit the Serials Stacks in the Lower Level of the Carothers Library.
- After you locate your article, you can copy it or scan and email it to yourself using the printers at the library. You cannot take the journal out of the library.
4. Access through Interlibrary Loan
- If you select the Search @ URI Libraries link and cannot access the article either electronically or in print, sign in using your eCampus username and Brightspace/Wireless/email password.
- Follow the links to request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
- Most requests are filled within 1-3 business days.