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  1. Finding Full-Text Articles Locating journal articles in the Swedish environment Presented to Swedish Investigator Forum February 28, 2012 Mike Scully, Library Services

  2. Goals • This presentation will illustrate: • Locating a full-text article from an article citation using the journal title • Locating a full-text article from an article citation using the specific citation • Accessing a full-text article from a literature search (Ovid is mentioned, PubMed is featured) • What to do if Swedish lacks access to the article you want

  3. Approaches to finding a cited article • By journal title (“A-Z” journal list) • By the specific citation (Ovid “Find Citation”, PubMed “Single Citation Matcher”) Each will be discussed

  4. Find the article by the journal title • On Swedish On-Line… • Select the “Library” tab • Select “Books & Journals”

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  6. Scroll down to “Books & Journals Column; click on “Finding Specific Journals”

  7. “A-Z” journal list • The “A-Z” journal list will display • Enter the journal title • Click the right-pointing arrow, or press “Enter”

  8. Enter journal title • Click arrow or press “Enter”

  9. Search results appear • Click the appropriate link to expand the entry

  10. Click the link to expand the entry

  11. Links to Swedish print- or microfiche holdings may also appear. Click a full-text link.

  12. Each vendor is different, so… • Look for a list of journal issues (select it), locate the volume (or year), then issue, then pages • Or, a “search” function may be available. Some allow searching author and title words, or the volume and page numbers (as: 352 459 for “volume 352, page 459”). • An “advanced” search may offer a series of blanks to fill in, for author, article title, volume- and page numbers • In any event, because of the variations, experiment and explore

  13. Search box

  14. Search…and results Link to full text

  15. Article-specific method… Thus far, searches have been for the journal title, then one “drills down” to the specific article as a second step. The second method discussed is article-specific right from the start. The vendors offering this article-specific searching capability are Ovid and PubMed. Of the two, PubMed offers links to more journal titles via more journal vendors than Ovid. PubMed will be demonstrated.

  16. Locating full-text articles: PubMed • Other access method to full-text articles: • Start PubMed (from the “Databases” library page) • Choose the “Single Citation Matcher” • Alternately, a link specifically to the Single Citation Manager is included in the PubMed description on the “Databases” library page

  17. The second approach is more direct

  18. The blank “Single Citation Matcher” form

  19. Enter the article data… • Enter the article data in the appropriate boxes • The “Single Citation Matcher” will offer suggestions for the author- and journal title- blanks

  20. “Suggested” journal titles based on what has been typed so far…

  21. Select journal-title or author when you see it displayed • Click on the appropriate journal-title or author when you see it displayed • The Single-Citation Matcher will fill in the blank with the full journal-title or author

  22. The journal title blank, filled-in

  23. Fill in other blanks • Fill in other blanks with the data you have • As it does for the journal-title, the Single-Citation Manager will fill in the author

  24. Click “Go” • When you have filled in the article data you know, click “Go”

  25. Form filled in? Click “Go”!

  26. Voila! • PubMed displays the results • If there are multiple articles, they will be displayed in a summary, “list” format. Locate the desired article from the list, and click on the title “hot link” to display the fuller, “abstract” format • If there is only one article, it will be displayed automatically in the “abstract” format • Once at the “abstract” format display, if full text access is available to Swedish, an SMC “Online Access”icon is included

  27. List of articles Title link for desired article

  28. Custom SMC icons:“Journal Holdings” links to print or microfiche holdings; “Online Access” links to full text

  29. Full-text! Get Yer Full-text! • Click the “Online Access” icon to display the full-text article. • As with the “by journal” method, the link may lead to a summary-, or abstract- page, a “web-page”-formatted version of the full text, or an Adobe Acrobat “PDF” version. Be ready for any possibility – a little “exploring” may be required

  30. Note the “PDF” link

  31. Article as a “web page”

  32. Scrolling necessary in this example to display article text, and links to full text

  33. A word about “pop-ups” • When linking to the full-text of another vendor, Ovid uses “pop-ups”, smaller web-page windows displaying messages, links, or instructions. The default SMC configuration for Internet Explorer blocks all pop-ups (they can be used maliciously), but this defeats the full-text linking feature just described. • Internet Explorer can be set up to allow pop-ups from specific vendors to be displayed. • This may not be a concern with home/office access

  34. “Too Much Information” (TMI) for Ovid or PubMed? • Sometimes you may have what seems like all the citation information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages, date, PubMed Unique Identifier, and something called a “DOI”. Yet, if you enter all that, PubMed or Ovid reports “no results”. • This may be the result of “too much information”: either something you entered, or the information you were given, isn’t quite a match – page numbers in supplements are especially prone – thus it isn’t found

  35. The ‘cure’ for TMI? • The fix for this may be to use only selected elements of the citation. • Library Services suggests combining an author and the starting page number; add the year (if known) if the author name is very common (Smith, Johnson, Cheng, Rodriguez, etc.) • The PubMed Unique Identifier and especially the “DOI” (Digital Object Identifier) are prone to being mis-transcribed - avoid them, if convenient

  36. What? No full text? No citation? • Full-text: Only so much full-text content is even available on the Web. Also, much of that content is not free, so much of what is available to Swedish, Library Services pays to access. Finally, more recent articles – the past 10 to 20 years – are more likely to be available online. For any or all of these reasons, the full text may not be available online. • Citation: Neither Ovid nor PubMed are indexes to every journal in the world. As a result, the journal you want may not be indexed, and thus, no citation is present, much less findable.

  37. No full-text/citation: What to do • If full-text is not available (whether there is no full-text access, or there is no citation online), Library Services is available to obtain articles for you. • You may: • Call: 206-386-2484 (x62484) • Fax: 206-860-6582 • E-mail: • Use our online form:

  38. Happy Searching!