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What is "Get Full Text"?

"Get Full Text" is a linking service that creates links from Booth Library's databases to the full text of articles and to related sources and services.
  • If a database does not provide access to the full text of an article, "Get Full Text" will indicate if it is available in another database. If so, "Get Full Text" will link you to the full text in just one click (in most cases).

  • If the article full text is not available online, "Get Full Text" will help you locate the journal in the library Catalog.

  • If Booth Library doesn't own the journal in print, "Get Full Text" will point you to a request form to retrieve the article via the interlibrary loan service (ILL).

How do I find it?

Most of Booth's databases work seamlessly with "Get Full Text".  This means that "Get Full Text" links will appear in your search results.
Click on the Get Full Text icon icon to retrieve the entire article or to display a menu that will help you find or request the item.

As an example, when you search in Academic Search Complete or any other EBSCO database, a "Get Full Text" icon will appear in the list of search results.  It will also appear on the detailed display for the article (when you click on the article title to view the abstract).

EBSCO link to Get Full Text

Other electronic databases may be set up slightly differently.  Within Article 1st you will find the "Get Full Text" icon on the detailed display for an item, with the label "External Resources."  Some databases do not allow us to display the "Get Full Text" icon.  In these cases, look for a text link labeled "Get Full Text" or a small gray "Get Full Text @ EIU" button.

How does "Get Full Text" work?

After you click on the Get Full Text icon icon, you will be taken immediately to the article as in this example.

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If the article is not available, a new window of menu options will pop up, as follows.

Get Full Text link menu graphic

The citation (title of the item, publication name, ISSN, date, volume, issue, and pages) will appear towards the top of the screen.  They will be labeled Title and Source.  Below the citation, "Get Full Text" will give you a link to request the article through interlibrary loan. The article citation information will already be filled in to the form. Fill out the rest of the form as completely as possible.  You will be need your library ID number (14-digit number on the lower right of your Panther card), and EIU email address.
Before requesting an article via interlibrary loan, please check the EIU Online Catalog to make sure that Booth Library doesn't already own the journal issue you need.

"Save citation information" will provide a citation of your article in MLA, APA, Chicago, or CSE style formats. (If the format you want isn't provided here, please contact a reference librarian for assistance.)

How do I get more help?

Please contact a reference librarian if you need help with "Get Full Text", searching Booth Library's databases, or any other library resource or service.  See our Ask-a-Librarian page for details on you can chat, email, call, or set up an appointment to reach us.