Google Scholar can be a great place to begin your research, especially if the topic is new to you and you're uncertain of what kinds of keywords you should be using to find articles in library databases.
If you're on campus, the books and articles at the SMSU Library are automatically linked up to your Google Scholar results. Never fear, however-- you can connect Google Scholar to the SMSU Library from wherever you are.
Here's what you do:
If you have a Google account, as long as you're logged in, Google will remember that you are searching SMSU. If you don't have an account, you'll need to repeat this process every time you open a new browser window or search on a new computer.
Full-text journal articles, as well as citations and abstracts of articles that are not full-text, are available in databases. If you know the name of a database that you want to search, find the A-Z List of Databases on the SMSU Library main page. Once you get into a database, you can begin searching for articles addressing your topic. For suggestions on which databases to use for your topic, check out our Topic Guides.
Most databases contain the full text of some of the articles they contain; look for the "limit to full text" checkmark on your results page. You can also use the "search for full text" link when you don't see a PDF or HTML version of an article to search other SMSU Library databases for a given article.
Check out this video for a demonstration of how to find a full-text article. (This is video only-- no audio.)
If you have a citation (an article title, journal title, author, year, page number) that you want to find the full-text for, you can more quickly find it by using the Journals A-Z tab behind "One Search" on the Library's main page. Start by typing in the journal (not the article) title, for instance, Drug and Alcohol Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, or New York Times).
You'll then see a list of the databases that contain the journal you're looking for, as well as the range of dates that the database covers, and whether or not you will find full-text articles or just citations. Check the date of your citation and click into an appropriate database (there may be more than one).
Once you've selected a database, you'll likely need to look at the right side of the screen to find the correct year, volume and issue.
If you don't see links to HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text beneath the citation information of the article you want to read, click on the Search for full text link that appears. Then, take the following steps: