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Advanced Literature Search Guide for Health: STEP 9: Find full-text

Step 9: Finding the full text

This page will show you how to find the full text of articles, even if they are not immediately available in the database you are using. 

Finding full text journal articles

If you find a journal article citation with no direct link to full-text, try the following:

  • DOI - go into the article details and check if there is a DOI link towards the end (this may help you navigate to the full-text in another database). 
  • Copy and paste the article title into Discovery to check for full-text in another database (this should be the first result shown if available, so you should not need to search further).
  • Copy and paste the title of the article into Google Scholar - the article may be freely available on the web  in an open access journal or repository.
  • Check if you can access the article via your NHS Open Athens login if you have signed up for one.
  • Submit a resource request. If we do not have access to an article we will try to get it from another library for you via interlibrary loan. This service is available for students at level 5 and above. 

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