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Finding full-text articles

Describes what full-text links or information within Summon or library databases mean

Understanding Full-Text Links

Finding articles in Full-Text with search results from Summon or a library database:


The full-text instructions below also apply to any library database where you see the

 ArticleLinker icon (ArticleLinker)

icon or any other full-text links.


With  Summon  search results, clicking the links for Full Text Online will:

  • Find the article in ANOTHER library database. Summon does this by providing you with a direct link to that article.
  • Often, for technical reasons, the Full Text Online option cannot provide a direct link to the article itself.  So, you will be presented with a link to the database. You will then have to search for the article in the database by plugging-in keywords from the title, author, etc.

If you see Citation Online in Summon:

  • You might be taken to a link for the libraries’ catalog.  You will then copy down the journal’s call number and location and find the article on the Libraries’ shelves or in microfilm to photocopy. Most journals will be on the 5th Floor (Level 5) of the Thomas Jefferson Library.
  • If  an article is not available at UMSL you will be given a link to Submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request.  The article will be sent to you electronically as a PDF.  You can also go to the ILL service directly from the Libraries’ Homepage by selecting:

  Library Services Tab    ——————►  Interlibrary Loan Link

Finding an article with just a citation

If all that you have is a citation to an article and you want to gain access to it you can:

  1. Search for the article in Summon by inputting keywords from the citation, such as words from the article's title, author(s) and other such information.
  2. You can also attempt to locate an article by following the below flow chart: