Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 2417

When you have access to the full text of an article through a database at Western you will usually see a link to a PDF or HTML version of the article. In some cases, such as with the ERIC database, the links to full text will be somewhere else. Just because the database you are looking in does not have access to an article does not mean that Western does not have access through another source! Use the blue Findit! button to see if we have access to the article through another database when the one you are in does not provide direct access.

Full text basically means that you will be able to get the entire article you are looking for. Databases, on their most basic level, are indexes that help you find sources of information. But, that does not necessarily mean that you will be able to get the entire article you are looking for in a particular database. The database you are using may only provide information such as the citation, abstract, and keywords.

If you have questions about full text access don't hesitate to contact us.

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