These directions will walk you through how to access the full-text of journal
articles from a library database and what to do when an article is not available
from the library.
• When using a library database – for example Seeker, Academic Search
Complete, or ERIC--some results will have the full-text attached (appearing
as links below a result), and others will not.
• If you see a .PDF or HTML link underneath a result, click on that link
to open the article. [PDFs of an article look exactly like the print version,
have page numbers, and are easier to save.]
• If there's no .PDF or HTML link, click on the button. Clicking on this
button will launch a search for the full-text of the article. If the article
is available through another database, it will usually open automatically. [Note:
If at any time it seems that the article is available but it doesn't open or
if you are asked for a password, call the Reference Desk for help. Never pay
for an article if you are prompted to do so!]
• When you click on the button and you get a page with links to the Library
Catalog and Interlibrary Loan, this means that the article is not available
electronically. But the article might be available in print.
• Click on the link for the Library Catalog to see if the library owns
a print copy of that journal. Once in the catalog, check to see if the journal
is A) owned by Loyola Notre Dame Library and B) available for the year you need.
If the library has a print version of the journal, write down the citation information
for the article [Article title, journal, volume, issue, page numbers] and go
to the library's third floor. Journals are shelved alphabetically.
• You can photocopy the article in the library's copy room on the first
floor. It costs 15 cents a page to photocopy in the library. You can also scan
articles for free. If you are on the Columbia or Timonium campuses, you can
request the article through Interlibrary Loan and it will be delivered to your
• If an article is not available electronically or in print, you can request
it through Interlibrary Loan by clicking on the “ Request this item through
interlibrary loan” link. [
Click here for a quick ILL tutorial] Once you've
requested the article, you will be notified by email when the article arrives
(usually in one to two weeks). If the library receives the article electronically,
it will be emailed to you or you can retrieve it through your Interlibrary Loan
account. If we receive a paper copy, you will be able to pick it up at the library
circulation desk. [Note: Graduate students may request that print articles be
sent to an off-campus center. Check with the receptionist at the center to pick
up the article. ]
If you need help with any of the topics covered in this document, contact the
Research Assistance desk (410-617-6802).