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Library DIY

Self-help Guide for Navigating the Library

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In a database if there is no link to the full text, look for the Article Linker link, which searches further for the item and often takes you to the full text. 

If the Article Linker link does not take you to the full text:

  • Check Google Scholar. If it's unavailable in full text there, go to the next step.
  • Search in Library Search, the library catalog, for the journal title in which the article appears. (Do not search for the article title.)  

    • There may be multiple versions of the journal - some may be available electronically, and others may be available only in print. The catalog record will indicate where the journal is located. (For electronic journals you will see a link; for print journals look for the library location listed at the end of the catalog record.) 
    • When you locate the journal title, look in the catalog record for the publication dates for which the journal is available. Be sure the publication date of your article matches with the publication years listed in Library Search. 
    • Access the relevant journal issue and navigate to the article you need. 
      • For electronic journals: After you've accessed the journal through the catalog link, if you don't see the full text immediately, use the main search box to search by title.  
      • For print journals: Items available in print journals will be on the periodical shelves on the main level of the Berntsen Library. If you are unable to come to campus but need an article from a print journal, contact the library and a staff person can scan the article and email it to you.


  • If we do not have the article in our online or print collections, request it through interlibrary loan. Do not pay for individual articles - you are already paying for access with your tuition!
  • If you need help, Ask a Librarian!