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Access and Request Current Full-Text Articles with these Tips

by Amanda Andrews on 2019-07-22T12:53:00-03:00 in Research, Searching, Citation | Comments

Whether you are looking for a complete reference in a particular citation style, full-text access to one or more articles, or a variety of articles on a specific topic, Library Services has you covered. Not sure how to go about getting the information you need? This post is for you!

 Locating the Complete Citation of an Article

 A complete citation usually includes the author, article title, journal title, volume and issue numbers, publication date, and page numbers of the article. A complete citation will look something like this: 

Woodhouse, M., Worsley, P. R., Voegeli, D., Schoonhoven, L., & Bader, D. L. (2019). How consistent and effective are current repositioning strategies for pressure ulcer prevention? Applied Nursing Research, 48, 58-62. 

Citations may differ in the order that information is presented. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the components. Library and information professionals know how to fill in the gaps and get the right article for you. The more information you provide, however, the better chance of locating the item you want. For information on building citations, check out our RefWorks & Citation subject guide.

Locating the PMID number of an article is a great way to make sure you’ve got the elements of a complete citation. PMID numbers can be found at the bottom left of the abstract in PubMed. Check this one out.

You can also get citation information about an individual item in Google Scholar. Try searching for the Woodhouse, et al. (2019) article above in Google Scholar. Noticebelow the relevant citation. Clicking this icon presents the Cite box. It lists citations across a range of styles (APA, Vancouver, etc.) that you can copy and reuse as needed.

 Checking for Full-Text in Google Scholar and PubMed

Check for full-text in Google Scholar by running a search and looking for Full Text from NSHA to the right-hand side of each result.

You can find full-text articles in PubMed, too. Run a search in PubMed. Click on the title of the article you are interested in to present the full article view and note the icons to the right under Full text links. Follow the Nova Scotia Health Authority icon to view access options available to staff and physicians.

 Submitting a Request for Article Access (aka Interlibrary Loan) 

If the full-text isn’t available for free or through Library Services subscriptions, you may encounter the Request a document option when searching PubMed or Google Scholar. Clicking this option will help you fill out a request for an article, a service referred to as interlibrary loan. Try this link. Click Request document via Local Document Delivery System. A form will appear that is pre-populated with the article details. Simply fill in the Patron Information fields and we’ll do our best to locate a copy of the article for you.

You can also submit a request for article access using this Interlibrary Loan form. This form can be found under the Request option of the banner at the top of the web page you are reading right now. Remember to include as much citation info as possible in your request. Doing so will allow library staff to find what you need more quickly.  

 Finding More Relevant Articles with the Literature Search Request Service

Submit a request for a literature search when you want to find a variety of articles on a particular subject across a range of databases. You’ll find the Literature Search request form under the Request option of the banner at the top of this web page.

To help library staff understand your request and find more relevant articles for you, include complete citation details of articles you’ve already identified as relevant when submitting your request.

You can try citation matching techniques on your own by looking for article matching tools in the databases you search. In PubMed, navigate to full citation view and look to the right of the screen. Under Similar articles notice a short list of articles similar to the one you’ve found. Click See all… to see the full list.

Using any or all of the tips above will help you be more efficient with accessing, organizing and creating information at work. Get more tips and support from our team by booking a one-on-one consultation with a library team member.

Amanda Andrews

Health Sciences Librarian
Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Eastern Zone


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