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What if I can't access the full text of the article I've found?

If you've found an article in the Discovery Search, a Library database, or Google Scholar, but cannot access the full text (How do I find the full text of an article?), you can use the following services:

  1. Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO)

    Request the article through Interlibrary Loans (COLOMBO). This free service allows you to obtain books or articles from other libraries. In most cases, articles will be delivered to you as a PDF. Learn how to request an article.

  2. Ask a Librarian

    Contact a librarian, online or in person, to see if they can help you locate the article.

  3. Visit other libraries

    If you need your article in a hurry and cannot wait to get it through Interlibrary Loans, you can search other libraries to see if they might have the journal that contains your article. If you find a library that owns the journal, you will need to physically go to that library to make a copy of the article.

  4. Choose another article

    If you cannot wait to get your article through Interlibrary Loans, and you do not want to go to other libraries, you may have to search journal article databases for other similar articles on the same topic.

page last updated on: Friday 13 October 2017
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