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Finding Full-Text Articles

When you are searching in the Library's databases look first for a link to a PDF filePDF file.

If no PDF link is available look for the Get it button.
This button allows you to:

  1. See if the article is available online in ANY of the Library's databases, not just the one you are using.
  2. Search the Library's Catalog to see if the article is available in the library (if it is not online).
  3. Automatically do an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available online or in the library.

Recommended Databases

  • PsycINFO  
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    Indexes journal articles, technical reports, monographic series, dissertations, and other materials relating to psychology. Articles are selected from more than 1,500 journals published in 35 languages.
  • PsycARTICLES  
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    Offers the full text to the complete runs of more than 70 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA). For comprehensive searching of psychology journals (beyond just the APA titles) use PsycINFO.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection  
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    Has nearly 470 online full-text titles. Comprehensive searches are better done in PsycINFO which includes linking to these titles.
  • Annual Review of Psychology  
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    Analyzes and synthesizes the top research done in Psychology for any given year.
  • Films on Demand - Psychology  
    Is a collection of streaming video.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook  
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    Contains information about English-language standardized tests. Each record contains the full text of one or more reviews of the test which the record describes. The tests themselves are not accessible through the database.
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    Produced by the National Library of Medicine and covers journal literature published internationally in all areas of medicine.
  • JSTOR  
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    Is an online archive of scholarly journals which contains high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.
  • PILOTS  
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    Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress attempts to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.
  • Academic Search Complete  
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    This is a largest multi-disciplinary database to which an academic library can subscribe. It contains 9,000 full-text journals (with 7,850 of them peer-reviewed). Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
  • Sociological Abstracts  
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    Indexes and abstracts articles in 1,500 journals in sociology, social work, and other social and behavioral sciences.
  • Sociological Collection  
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    Includes nearly 560 online full-text titles (most of which are peer-reviewed). For comprehensive searching of sociology journals (including these) use Sociological Abstracts.

Other Databases

  • Book Review Digest  
    Cites and excerpts reviews appearing in periodicals published in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. which cover English-language fiction and non-fiction. Children's books are included, but excluded are: textbooks, government publications, and technical books in law and the sciences.
  • Career & Technical Education  
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    Is a source of vocational information. Keeping current with journals in a field is easily accomplished with e-mail alerting or RSS feeds.
  • CINAHL {Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature}  
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    CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) indexes and abstracts more than 900 nursing, allied health, biomedical, and consumer health journals. It includes healthcare books, nursing dissertations, standards of professional practice, nurse practice acts, and educational software.
  • ERIC  
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    Indexes and abstracts thousands of education-related materials. It includes journal articles, books, theses, curriculi, conference papers, and standards and guidelines.
  • GPO Federal Digital System  
    Contains records for most non-technical, unclassified government documents. It evolved from the printed Monthly Catalog (MoCat) of the Government Printing Office.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic  
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    Offers numerous databases for law, news, and business.
  • Lexington Herald-Leader  
    Contains all of the news, features, sports and entertainment articles written by the staff at the Lexington Herald-Leader and provided by the major wire services.
  • Newspaper Source  
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    Provides complete full text for more than 40 U.S. and international newspapers and selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are included.
  • Project Muse  
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    Is an online archive of scholarly journals. Articles are searchable in a number of ways and may be viewed as web pages and in some cases as PDF files.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight  
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    Draws upon multiple sources to offer a database of authoritative statistics that cover a range of topics.
  • Public Affairs Information Service {PAIS International}  
    Indexes the literature relating to public administration and public policy. Coverage is selective and international.
  • PubMed Central  
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    Is a digital archive of peer-reviewed life sciences journal literature written in English that was created and is maintained by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • ScienceDirect  
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    Is an online collection of mostly scientific scholarly journals and reference books.

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Peer Review

What is Peer Review?

It is the quality control system for scholarship.  It means that articles in a peer-reviewed journal must be scrutinized by experts before they are published.  SYNONYMS = 'academic', 'juried', 'refereed', 'scholarly'.

How can you tell when something is peer-reviewed?

1) When you are looking at a print copy, of an entire issue of a journal, the editorial board of scholars with academic credentials and institutional affiliations will be listed somewhere.  These are the 'peers' that review each published article.

2) Use a check box limit in your database search (when available).

3) Consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. (Search on the source title NOT the article title.)  An icon of a referee's jersey will indicate that the journal is peer-reviewed.


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