What If the Full-text is Not Online?
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- Facts About Full-text
- Checking Other Library Databases for Full-text
- Obtaining Articles from the Library's Print Periodicals
- Checking Local Academic Libraries for Print Publications
Let's say you've searched a database and you find the citation for an article which is perfect for your research project! Congratulations! The only problem is that the full-text of the article is not available in the database. Don't despair. You still have options:
- Re-evaluate the other articles you have found. Another may be as good or better. Beware, however, of selecting articles simply because the full-text is online; this is not good research practice.
- See if the full-text of your article is available in another database
- See if it can be obtained from the Webster-Eden Library System (may take 2-10 days)
- See if a library in your local area subscribes to the print periodical
Webster/Eden students, faculty, and staff may check our comprehensive Journal/Magazine/Newspaper list to see the titles either available full-text in our online databases or in paper/microform at the library. If a periodical is available online, you will see a link directly to the database which has the full-text. Once you log in with your I.D. number, the database will take you either to a list of articles for that title or to the main search screen where you can often search by periodical title. Check the "Help" available within the database if you have questions about how to proceed.
Before you get too involved in this process, be aware that some publishers do not allow the full-text of articles from their periodicals to be carried online. Also, the older the publication date, the less likely it will be available online. As a general rule, most databases do not carry full-text prior to the mid-1980's and many databases only carry full-text beginning in the 1990's. If the article you're trying to find is not available online, you should obtain the article from the Webster-Eden Library System or from a local library.
If the full-text is not online, you may check to see if the Webster-Eden Library System subscribes to the periodical. The Webster-Eden Library System includes the Emerson Library at Webster University and the Luhr Reading & Reference Library at Eden Theological Seminary. If either library has the journal, St. Louis area students, faculty and staff may visit that library and copy the article for themselves. Extended campus students may request a copy from the library (see below).
|Does Webster-Eden Library Own the Periodical?|
Students, faculty and staff in the greater St. Louis area are encouraged to use the Emerson Library of Webster University or the Luhr Reading & Reference Library of Eden Theological Seminary, where you may photocopy articles from the print periodicals to which the library subscribes. You may request articles not owned by either library through Interlibrary Loan.
Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of Eden and Webster who are outside the greater St. Louis area may order articles through the St. Louis Document Delivery Office. Check the library catalog (see above) first. Articles owned by the Webster-Eden Library System will be e-mailed within 48 hours. Articles which need to be obtained from another library may take 7 to 10 days. Use the Document Delivery form for all your requests.
Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of Webster University at the international campuses may request articles from the Webster and Eden libraries. Check the library catalog (see above) first. Articles owned by either library will be e-mailed within 48 hours. Articles that need to be obtained from another library may take 7 to 10 days. Use the Document Delivery request form for all of these requests. (Books and videos are not sent overseas due to shipping and time constraints.)
When time is a factor, check with an academic library in your area to see if they carry a print copy of a periodical. You may be able to visit that library and make a copy. Extended campus students may wish to check our Local Library Information pages to learn about libraries in your area. Most libraries have a web-based catalog which will allow you to search by periodical title to see if the library subscribes to it and which issues they have available.