How do I find full-text articles?

After you conduct a search in a library database, you may notice that not every article listed is available in full-text. In order to get the full-text, you'll need to click on

  • "Search for Full-Text"
  • "Article Linker" or
  • "360 Link" (depending on the database).

After you click on the link, you'll be directed to one of three possible options. Choose the video below that matches the option you have encountered, or watch all three to discover all the possibilities.

Option 1: Full-text Available Online | Option 2: Article Available in Print | Option 3: Article Not Available Through Fairfield University

Option 1: Full-text Available Online

  1. The library subscribes to numerous databases that contain different journal articles. If an article isn't available in full-text in one database, chances are we have it in another one.
  2. We make it easy for you to find it in another database by clicking on the full-text linking option (either Search for Full-Text, Article Linker, or 360 Link).
  3. When you click on that link you will automatically be directed to the full-text of the article if it is available in another library database.
  4. If you run into trouble you can always click on the "Article not found?: Click here for more options" link at the top of the page to locate links to the article in other databases, report a problem, or request it through interlibrary loan.
  5. For additional information and assistance, ask a librarian.

 

Option 2: Article Available in Print

  1. While most journal articles are online these days, the library does still subscribe to some in print, and we also have older articles on microfilm and microfiche.
  2. When you click on Search for Full-Text, Article Linker, or 360 Link and see the message that the article is only available in print you will have to visit the library to locate it.
  3. To determine the location and format type of this article, click on the link that says "Go to Journal", and then click on the title of the print journal.
  4. You may notice the journal is also listed as an electronic resource, but you will not find your article in the online version because it doesn't cover the dates that you need.
  5. Once you click on the name of the print journal, you will see a list of the dates the library has, and the format of it.
  6. If the article is on microfilm or microfiche, please visit the reference or circulation desks where we will assist you with locating it.
  7. If it is available in print, visit the Journal and Magazine collection on the lower level of the library, where you must locate the journal your article is published in (they are organized alphabetically) and then the volume, issue and page numbers.
  8. For additional information and assistance, ask a librarian.

 

Option 3: Article Not Available Through Fairfield University

  1. Sometimes this happens: When you try to search for full-text articles, you can't find it anywhere.
  2. For example, in Academic OneFile, you're trying to find this article. When you click on the article linker it shows you the "article is not available through the library's print or electronic collections".
  3. It is frustrating, but you can still get the article by submitting an interlibrary loan request.
  4. We will get the article for you from another library in an average of 3-5 business days (often times it's less), and you'll be e-mailed a link to your article online when your requested item is ready.
  5. Simply click on the link in your e-mail, log-in with your NetID and password and go to "Electronically Received Articles" to view, save or print your article.
  6. For additional information and assistance, ask a librarian.