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HELP: Specific Resources: Full Text Finder

Help topics about specific library resources.

Overview of Full Text Finder

What Does Full Text Finder Do?

Full Text Finder (FTF) will help you find out if the full text of an article you have found is available. It can tell you which journals are available:

  • Online in the databases available to Cal U patrons, or
  • In the library's print or microfilm collections of journals.

Use FTF when you already know the citation information (journal, date, pages) for the article you are trying to find.

Do not use this tool if you are trying to find articles. Use one of our research resources for that kind of search.

Time for Interlibrary Loan?

Is it time to use Interlibrary Loan?

If the library does not have your article online or in print, you can request a copy by using our Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form. You will know that we don't have your article, and that it is time to use Interlibrary Loan when:

  • FTF finds "0 records" when you searched for the journal title, OR
  • FTF finds your journal title, but your article is outside of the available dates.

Do you have time for Interlibrary Loan?

  • Articles take 3-5 days
  • Books take 4-7 days

These are averages! Since other libraries are involved, we cannot guarantee how long the process will take. To be safe, you should allow at least a week.

Example: HOW DO I USE Full Text Finder

Suppose you have a citation for an article published in the July 2010 Philosophy of Science journal. Can you get this article online in full-text, or find a print version in the library's Periodical Collection?

  • To answer your question, go to the Full Text Finder and enter the journal title in the search box.
  • After you click search, you will see a list of results that contain all of the words you searched for. Depending on your search, this could include a few or many results. Usually, your title will be among the top results. Philosophy of Science is the first item.
    • Tip: For a more precise search, put quotation marks around your title, like this: "philosophy of science".
    • If you still have a lot of results, you can "Limit your results" (on the left) to "Peer Reviewed Journals."
  • Click on the "Full Text Access" link under "Philosophy of Science."
  • You will see that Philosophy of Science is available in four online databases:
    • Academic Search Complete from 1993 to the present (Full Text Delay: 1 year)
      Note: "Full Text Delay means that an article published within the past year is not yet available in full text. After a year, it will be available.
    • Humanities Source from 1993 to the present (Full Text Delay: 1 year)
    • JSTOR from 1934 to the present (Full Text Delay: 4 years)
    • Sociological Collection from 1993 to the present (Full Text Delay: 1 year)
  • Clicking on the database name, for example: Academic Search Complete, takes you to a list of all available years for the journal.
  • Our example article is from July 2010, so you would click on 2010, then select the July issue.
  • You will see a list of ALL of the articles from this issue of the journal.
  • Find your article in the list, and you will have full-text access.

Note: Sometimes the article you want will not fall in the range of available years. This means that we do not have online, full text access to it. If FTF gives a link to the library's print collection, you can see if we have the issue in print (see below).

Finding Journals in the Library's Print or Microfilm Holdings

There are some publications that are not available online, but are available in the library in print or on microfilm. Full Text Finder can tell you where to find these publications. When you click on "Full Text Access" under the journal title in FTF, you might see either:

  • Cal U Print Collection - Click Here for Location
  • Cal U Microfilm Collection - Click Here for Location

These links will take you into the Library Catalog. Scroll down the record and you will see entries describing the years that are available in print and/or microfilm. Look at the date ranges. If the date of your article falls into the range of dates in our collection, then the library has your article in one of these formats.

Example: If you search for the journal Nature in FTF, you will see that it is available in both print and microfilm formats (depending on the year)--plus several online databases.

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