Answered By: Eliot Boden
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2019     Views: 646

  • A full-text article is an article that is available in a database where you have access to the entire text, or full text, of the article (instead of only part of the article, such as the “abstract”).
  • You will know whether or not you have access to the full text by checking the citation, or the icons on the left or right-hand side of the database.  
  • Some citations will have a link that says "HTML text" or "PDF text". If you see this, click on the words full text to read the article.


PDF icon and HTML icon for available full text articles in databases


Other articles may show the Article Linker button 

When you click on the Article Linker button, you will either be taken directly to the full text of the article or you'll be taken to a screen with the option to request it. Occasionally, you'll see that we have the article in print in the library building in St. Louis - if so, it will say Webster periodicals.

If you don't see an Article Linker link, you can check on the full-text availability of an article by using the Journal/Magazine/Newspaper list. See How Do I Find a Known Article for an explanation of this process.

If the library does not have the article in print or online, you may request a copy by visiting the Request books or articles page. Note that Webster/Eden patrons outside the St. Louis area may also request copies of articles that the library has in print but not online.

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