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Epidemiology HSC4500

A guide to epidemiology resources from the EFSC Libraries.

How to Find a Full-Text Article Using a Citation

Step 1: Determine if your article has a hyperlinked cited references list.

In CINAHL, the search results list will show if an article includes Cited References.

NOTE: MEDLINE does not offer this feature.

Example result with hyperlinked Cited References

Click on the hyperlink to see a list of the references for this article. If a reference is available in full-text in the database, a link to the PDF will appear.

CINAHL Cited References Result List

If you are looking for a cited reference that is not available in full-text, proceed to Step 2...

NOTE: Be sure to configure your settings in Google Scholar so you can link to EFSC online resources. See the handout below to set up Full Text @ EFSC.

Google Scholar Search

Find the article DOI and search Google Scholar for the full-text. To find the DOI look at the detailed record of the article in CINAHL, MEDLINE or PubMed.

If there is no DOI, try searching for the article's title.

Find your citation in the Google Scholar result list and then click on All versions . This will bring up all locations of your citation.

Google Scholar search for article title

Next look for a html OR PDF OR Full Text @ EFSC link on the right side. Not every version will have a link.


Google Scholar result with Full Text link

Click the link to try to view the full-text of the article.

Note: Not all articles are free on the internet. Never pay to view the full-text of an article. The Library can often get the full text article for free.

If the free full-text of the article is not available, go to Step 3...

All credible research articles should have a references list. Here is an article found in MEDLINE and the references list.

Medline result list citation

References list from Medline citation

Step 1: To determine if an article on a References list is available in full-text, find the journal title....not the title of the article.

Example: in #4 above, the journal title is: Am J Crit Care

This is an abbreviation of a journal title.

If you are not familiar with an abbreviation, a helpful site for looking up journal title abbreviations is All that JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources.

The abbreviation Am J Crit Care stands for the American Journal of Critical Care.

Step 2: Next, search for the full journal title in the Journal Search.

This will determine what online resources contain your journal title in full-text and which years are included

Journal Search Screen Example

             Journal Search Result Example

Step 3: In the example above, you are looking for an article in this journal from 2015. It looks like that year is contained in CINAHL Complete. Click the link to go to the journal listing in CINAHL Complete.

Journal Search Online Options Example

Step 4: Drill down until you find the volume, issue and page numbers for the cited article.

In this case, you need 2015, volume 24, number 3, pages 216 - 224. Click through until you find your article and the full-text.

American Journal of Critical Care holdings in the CINAHL database: 2002 - present

If your journal title or journal year is not available in the Journal Search, then you need to request a copy of the article via Interlibrary Loan. Proceed to Step 4...

If a cited reference is not available in the Journal Search, then Interlibrary Loan is available. Interlibrary Loan is a free service for EFSC faculty, staff and students which provides access to full text articles not available in EFSC collections. Requests are made online via an ILLiad account.

To request an article via ILLiad...

Step 1: From the Interlibrary Loan website click on the Log on to Illiad icon icon to create an account and submit a request.

Illiad log on screen

First time users must create an account. Click the link and follow the prompts. This will be your account while you are an EFSC student.

Step 2: Next submit a request for an article.

Use the citation information you have from the cited references list. Include as much information as you have. Leave blank any information you don't have.

Illiad New Request screen

Step 3: You will receive an email when the article you requested is available.

Log in to ILLiad and retrieve your article under the Electronically Received Articles section.