Answered By: Lisa Sotak
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2019     Views: 206

Most databases offer a check box that allows you to limit your search to full-text articles only. Look for an area of the database search screen called "Refine Search" or "Search Options." However, here are three good reasons why it may not be advisable to limit your search to full text articles only.

1. Some journal articles are still not available online. The perfect article for your topic may be sitting on a shelf in Library Services or another library. Librarians are happy to work with you to find the best information for your topic and help you locate it as quickly as possible--just Ask the Library.

2. Library Services offers a service called Get it. Get it appears as a white and maroon icon next to your database search results: Get It. Clicking the icon will launch a search of all of  Library Services' resources to find a full-text copy of an article (if it is available). By limiting your search to full text in one database, you may screen out articles that are available full-text in other databases, which Get it would have led you to.

3. If Library Services does not own the desired article, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). A link to the ILL form is also available on the Get it page. There is no cost for this service, but it usually takes 4-7 days to get the article (sometimes less, sometimes more; items will take longer for regional campuses).

Using a full-text limiter in a database can prevent you from finding great articles for your topic, so think hard before doing so!

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