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Finding Full Text Articles

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

What is A Citation

A citation is the information needed to locate an article, a book,or other information resource. A complete citation of an article generally includes the following information. 

  • Author's name
  • Title of the article
  • Name of the journal where the article appears
  • Volume number and issue number of the journal
  • Page numbers
  • Publication date

When you cite a resource in your research paper, you must format your citation in a certain style. The two most used citation styles at Kirkwood are the APA (American Psychological Association) style and the MLA (Modern Language Association) style. For more information on citation styles, see the Citation Guides.

Below is an exmaple of a ciation of an article in APA style.
Hanna, K., & Decker, C. (2010). A concept analysis: assuming responsibility for self-care among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15(2), 99-110.

Using Journal Search to Find Full Text

Below are the steps to find the full text of an article when you start with a citation.

We'll use this example citation:
Hanna, K., & Decker, C. (2010). A concept analysis: assuming responsibility for self-care among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15(2), 99-110

1. On the Library Services homepage, click on Journal Search in the lower right corner of the screen. 

2. Type in, or copy & paste the journal title to the search box. In this example the journal title is Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.

3. The results screen shows that this journal is available in two databases for a specific range of time. Click on either of the Journal links to access articles in this journal. For articles outside of this time period, contact library staff for assistance with interlibrary loan. 

4. Browse and locate the issue you need.
Under All Issues on the right of your screen, click on the appropriate year and then the appropriate volume and issue for the article you want. If the journal you need is available through a source other than EBSCOhost, the way you browse and locate the issue may be different.

5. Browse the content of this issue and locate the article you need.
Click on the PDF Full Text link to download the full text of the article. I
f the journal you need is available through a source other than EBSCOhost, the way you look for the full text icon may be different.

Frequently Used Databases


Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA