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How to Search the Literature (Advanced)

This guide offers an eight step approach from identifying your topic to managing your search strategy and results

Find the Full Text

After you have performed your search(es), combined and removed the duplicate records, and screened the titles and abstracts, the next step will be to locate the full texts.

The full texts might be contained in books, journals, or conference proceedings. This section will show you how to find the full texts within the McMaster Libraries' collection and free online, or how to request the item from another library via Interlibrary Loans.

In order to find the full text, it is important to know how to read a citation as each database may use a different citation format, such as APA, MLA, or Chicago.


How to Read a Citation

Click on the article title to see the full record with additional information.

To find the full journal title, click on the abbreviated title, and view the record in the NLM catalog.

This will show the full journal record, including the full journal title, ISSN, and a link to the journal website.