Journal databases, reference lists, or reading lists can alert you to articles that you may want to read. These may be in the form of citations or references.
What is a citation?
A citation or reference is information that is used to identify material. A journal article citation usually contains the author(s) of the article, the title of the article, the title of the journal, the volume and issue number, the publication year and the page numbers. Look at the citation below. Hover your mouse over the citation to identify the different parts.
Fleming, J. Author (2007). Year Media literacy in higher education. Article Title
International Journal of Learning, Journal Title 13 Volume (11), Issue 137-141. Pages
Once you have identified an article that you want to read, you will then need to check and see if the library subscribes to the journal in which the article is located. Your article may be held electronically or it may be in a print journal. There are different ways of finding the full text of your article. Remember, the library does not necessarily subscribe to all the articles or journals that you may find citations for.
Finding full text in a database
If an article that you find in a database is held in full text, you will see a link near to the citation that alerts you to this. However, some articles may only have a citation or abstract. An article that is not held in full text in one database may be held in full text in another.
Clicking on the link on a citation will allow you to check if the article you want is available either electronically or in print.
For more information, see: Using SFX.
Finding full text using Article Finder
Article Finder is located under "Find Information" on the library homepage. If you have a known citation, such as one from a reading list, enter the article details and click on go. Any full text options will then be displayed, and you will also be given the option of checking the catalogue for print holdings.
Finding full text using Primo Search
If you have a full citation- that is, you know the details of the article and the journal it is printed in, then:
Go to the library homepage.
Enter the article title into Primo Search and click on Search.
Around 90% of the time, this will bring up the article that you are searching for in the results, and you can click on the links under View Online to read the article.
If this method does not find the article, you may need to search for the journal title, rather than the article title. Enter the journal title into the Primo Search box and limit your search to Books, journals, DVDs & more
If the journal is held in print, open the Availability tab to find the call number for the journal eg CSU - Bathurst - P618.202313 This number is where you will find the journal on the library shelves.
If the journal is held electronically, open the View Online tab to see which journal databases the journal is held in, and what years/volumes/issues are available. If the holdings cover the issue that your article is published in, you can enter the citation details in the appropriate fields and click on Go. Alternatively you can leave the fields empty and browse through all of the journal articles available.