of the Libraries' subscription databases provide access to full-text articles,
but other databases only provide access to article citations. Some databases
may include a mixture, with some articles available full-text and not others.
When full-text of an article is not available from the database you are
currently searching, the Find It! tool can help you try to locate the article
It! is a specialized search engine that searches across all of the University
Libraries' subscription databases to try to locate another source for an
article or periodical. Clicking the Find It! button opens a new window with
several possible results.
- If Find It! locates a full-text
version of the article in one or more databases, the link(s) to those
other databases will appear in the Find It! window. Sometimes a link will
take you directly to the full-text of the article. Other times, a link
will take you to a search screen or table of contents page in another
database and you will have to do a search to retrieve the full-text of the
- If Find It! determines that USM
Libraries does not have access to the full-text of the article in any of
its databases, you will then
be presented with other options for trying to find the article.
following options are available if full-text of the article is not found in any
of the databases.
- "Check the library catalog
for holdings by ISSN or by periodical title." Clicking on either of these options will search the library catalog for the periodical
in which the article in question appears. If the
search finds the periodical, you will see a list of matching records in
the catalog. It is possible
that USM Libraries will have some issues of the periodical but not have
the specific issue where your article was published, so check the full
details of the record to make sure the library has the volume you need.
For more information on how to do this, refer to the FAQ "How do I find an article if I already have the citation?" If USM Libraries does not
have the periodical, you will see the message "found no matches in
the library you searched." Close this catalog window and return to
the Find It! window for other options.
- "Request this item through
interlibrary loan." Often
articles may be ordered and delivered to you through this service. Instructions about registering and
using Document Delivery (ILLiad) are provided on the Document Delivery
Services Web page.
- "Search Google for related
information." Clicking on
this option will scan Google for the title of the article being sought.