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How do I find full text of an article?

If you currently have a citation and you need the full text of the journal article, there are several ways you can do this. 

If you need help beginning your search or how to search for a specific topic, please visit our Evidence-Based Practice guide


We recommend you begin your search for full text journal articles within a database: Ex: PubMed, CINAHL, etc.

Nearly all health sciences databases contain a “Find It! @OSU” button. Clicking on this button will route you directly to where the full text pdf is located if we have access to it. 

  1. Go to hsl.osu.edu to access top health sciences databases. It is recommended you bookmark or accesss databases from the links provided on our website to ensure the Find It! @OSU icon appears.
  2. Begin your search in a database by typing in a known journal article title, DOI, or PMID. You will get a list of results based on what you searched. This is where you will look for the article title that best matches your terms.
  3. Once you have found the matching journal article, generally you are able to select the hyperlinked journal article title to get to the abstract page where the “Find It! @ OSU” icon is located.
  4. Click on this icon to get directed to the full text journal article pdf. 

More about using Find It! links in databases is available in this pdf handout.

You can also search for a journal articles in full text with a full citation: Citation Finder

This method allows you to use components of your citation such as Journal Title, DOI or PMID to find the article you are looking for. Again, simply type that information into its corresponding search box. If access to the full text is available, once you select “Find It” your page will be directed to where the full text article is located.

Need help locating that information within a citation? Please refer to this page.

Another alternative is to search on Google Scholar for available full text journal article titles: Google Scholar

This method of searching for an available full text of a journal article is done very similarly to using Google itself. Simply type in any known information from your journal citation and select the result that best matches your citation information. For help including library links in your Google Scholar results, please see these instructions.


What to do when the full text journal article is not available? Use Interlibrary Services.

Interlibrary services provides assistance with interlibrary loans and document delivery of journal articles, books, book chapters and more that are not in our library catalog. If you need a journal article but you do not have access to the full text,  please complete an interlibrary loan request to obtain a PDF. For more information on their services and how to place a request, please visit Interlibrary Services.  


If you would like to search more broadly for available journal titles in the library catalog: Please visit our Online Journals and eBooks List

Simply type the first few words of the journal title into the search box to determine the electronic availability of the journal. If available, choose the link that contains the date of the article you need. You will then need to locate the issue, then the article itself.