Finding the full text if an article depends on what information you currently have:
Use the Citation Linker when you have a complete citation, including the journal title or ISSN, the volume/issue/number, page numbers and publication date. Enter all of your citation information in the Citation Linker form (the numerical parts of your citation, including the date, are most important). You will see a link to the article online, a link to the print journal record, or a link to request the article through interlibrary loan.
When you have an incomplete citation, such as just an article title, and therefore do not have sufficient information to find the full text, here are some strategies to use to find a more complete citation.
Many resources will not allow searching by abbreviated journal title. Common abbreviated titles, such as JAMA for the Journal of the American Medical Association, have been added to Addison and Summon; most abbreviated titles required by citation style guides, such as J. Amer. Chem. Soc., are not searchable in Addison or databases. You will need to find the full title to look up these citations.
Millions of articles are published in newspapers, magazines and journals every year. The Virginia Tech Libraries purchase access to databases to help find articles on your research topics. Some articles will be available online, while others only available in print. You may need to use Interlibrary Loan to obtain some articles.
You will need to choose from among over 700 databases the Virginia Tech Libraries provides, including the new Summon database, to search for articles on your research topic. Here are a few strategies for choosing a database.
Sometimes you want to search for an article within a particular journal, magazine or newspaper; perhaps because your instructor requires you use that journal or you remember seeing the article earlier and now want to find that full text. (Note that if these example are not the case, you should not limit yourself to a single journal; the databases listed above can find articles on a topic from among many journals.)