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Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles can be located in several different ways:

  • By using an online database (most common)
  • From bibliographies in books, chapters, or other articles
  • By word of mouth (be careful;  this may be inaccurate.  Ask a librarian if you need help)


Using an online database:

All of the databases available from the library’s website contain links to article full text when the content is subscribed by the library.  The exact mechanism differs from database to database.

  • PubMed – you MUST use the Quicklink on the library’s home page.  After you complete your search, click on the article title to view the abstract.  Every abstract view in PubMed has the following icon: Click here to read.  Ignore any other icons that might be present.  Click on that icon to determine availability of full text.


  • Ebscohost databases (CINAHL, Academic Search Elite, Health Source Nursing/Academic, Business Source Elite):  When viewing search results, all articles will have either a link to full text or this icon: Click here to read


  • When looking at your search results in Ovid databases (Medline and PsycInfo) and Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Source, the Click here to read icon will appear next to every citation in the list.  You may have to scroll far to the right side of the page to see them.
  • Google Scholar also has links to our full text.  Articles in subscribed journals contain the text link Full-Text @ C Drew U  Be sure to select Charles Drew University in Google Scholar Preferences.  You can also turn on the capability to save references to EndNote from the preferences page.


What happens when you click on the icon or full text link:  You will go to a screen that has all of the article information, and one of these two messages:


A.  This one is good news.  The article is available online from two sources.  Just click on one of the article links and you will be taken to the article.  There may be some intermediate steps.  In rare cases, the journal may not be set up to point directly to the article.  In that case, click on the Journal link, then follow the year, volume, issue and pages to get to the article.  The message may also indicate that the article is only available in the print collection.  You will have to come to the library to retrieve it.

B.  This message is not so good.  It means that the library currently doesn’t have access to the article.
However, all is not lost.  You may request a copy of the article from another library by clicking on the “Request and interlibrary loan” link.  You will get a form with all of the article information already filled in.  You fill in ALL of your information and submit the request.  ILL staff will try to get the article for you, but expect a delay.  The length of the delay depends on another library’s workflow.