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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 on a Journal's Website

Some journal websites are accessible through the literature databases.

Example 1: Ovid Embase

  • Click on the article title to view the full record. You will see the following screen after clicking on the article title:

Example 2: PubMed

  • You can access information about the journal by right clicking on the abbreviated title and then select NLM catalogue:



You can identify a journal's URL by searching Ulrichsweb. Ulrichsweb is a source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,00 periodicals of all types academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters and more from around the world.

  • You can search this database by the journal's title or ISSN

More detailed information below can be expanded to show publisher contact information (helpful if no libraries can supply an interlibrary loan and if it is not free online); past journal titles; and years of online availability 

  • Search Google by using the journal title or “ISSN” + issn number
    • You can try to search Google by the article title, but the results may include bibliographies that contain the citation and not a link to the article full text.
  • Choose the link to the journal's website. Avoid selecting link to other library sites or database portals.