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How can I find the full text to an article on Google Scholar without having to pay for it?

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2012  |  12 Views

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Whenever you find a citation to a journal article without the full text, you can always search all of our database simultaniously to see whether the full text is available through the link Online & Print Journals

The first thing you will need to do is to copy down the title of the article, the title of the journal and the volume, issue, month and year that the article was published, as seen in the example below.

      "Nonfinancial performance measures and strategy execution." Strategic Finance Vol. 93 Issue 2 (Aug. 2011)  

Next, go to the library homepage and click on the link Online & Print Journals towards the top of the screen.  This will bring up a new page with a window allowing you to search for full text access to the contents of the journal through our many databases.  Type in the title of the journal in the window and click on the Go button, as seen below.

A new screen will appear listing all the databases (if any) that provide full text access for the journal along with the range of coverage for that journal.  Our print holdings will be included as well.  Select the database that provides the needed range of coverage and click on the title appearing in blue.


The database record of the journal will appear on a new screen, listing all the years that full text is available. Click on the publication year you need and the volume(s), issues and months of publication for that year will appear.  Click on the correct issue (see below).


The listing of articles from that issue will appear.  Scroll down until you locate the article you are looking for and click on it to access the full text.

If the journal is not listed in Online & Print Journals with the necessary date range to retrieve your article, you may need to request the article through Interlibrary loan.   To do this, fill out the form for journal articles through the following link: Interlibrary Loan: Article Request Form.

Answered by Mark Ferguson

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