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Finding Full Text Articles

Step-by-step instructions on how to find full-text articles at Kirkwood Library.

Looking for Full Text Icon

Many of the articles in EBSCOHost databases are available in full text (which means the complete article is immediately available online) in either PDF format, HTML format or both. The full-text option is automatically checked for you. To search for citations of additional articles, click on the box to remove the checkmark. Resources not available in full-text in EBSCOHost databases may be requested through interlibrary loan.

PDF Full Text Icon

  • The "PDF Full Text" icon shown in the citation below indicates full text is available.
    When you're viewing a list of articles, this icon is located at the end of each article record. When you're viewing a single article record, this icon is located on the left of your screen. 
  • Click on PDF Full Text to view, save, or print the full text of the article.
  • PDF files are usually a scanned image of the original print version of the article, so include any images, graphs and charts from the original.

HTML Full Text Icon

  • Sometimes the text full of an article is available in HTML format. The image below shows the "HTML Full Text" icon.
  • In HTML format images, charts and graphs from the original may or may not be available.

Others: Full Text from Eric

  • Sometimes you may not see the PDF Full Text icon or the HTML Full Text icon. Other options may be available.
  • You may see a link entitled "Full Text from Eric" in an article record, which will also link you you the PDF full text.

Others: Find Full Text

  • You may see a link entitled "Find Full Text" in an article record, which will link you to the Journal Finder page. The Journal Finder will eventually link you to the full text either because the library has subscription to this journal (in paper or online) or because this journal is freely available to everyone. 
  • Note that if you limit your search to full text, the "Find Full Text" will not appear.  

Limit Your Search to Full Text

There are two ways to limit your search in EBSCOHost databases. Note that if you do so, the "Find Full Text" mentioned above will not appear. 

1. On the first page you see in an EBSCOHost database, the check box for "Full Text" is located in the left column under the "Limit your results” section. This box is automatically checked for you. If you are doing an extensive search, you may wish to click off the full text limit to determine if there are other citations that relate to your topic. The full text of these articles may be requested through interlibrary loan. Ask library staff for assistance.


2. On the search result page, the check box for "Full Text" is located under "Refine your results" on the left of your screen.


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