Most library databases comprise journals and articles, which is why CSU Library calls them Journal Databases.
These databases vary in how much full-text material they contain:
Usually, if an article has full-text available, there will be a link somewhere close to the record. The database platforms and other databases and journal collections vary in how they display this link. Full-text can be available as a PDF, in HTML, or both:
In many databases, if the record does not have the full-text attached, you can click on the Find it at CSU link to search for the full article in other databases to which CSU subscribes:
A panel will open, indicating if the article is held or not, and if it is, you will get a link to the database(s) where it's available:
You can follow the prompts to go to the article record in the new database, with a link to the full-text.
Primo Search is the Library’s main search tool, and it searches across most of the online journal databases to which the Library subscribes. You can use Primo Search to find the articles, and then follow the prompts to access the full articles in databases.
When you get article results in Primo Search, it should be that the full-text is available online. You need to:
Please note: If you come across an article record in Primo Search where the link to full-text does not work, please contact the Library, to report this and get help in locating the full article.
Finding full-text from Google Scholar
In the same way that you can use Primo Search to find journal articles, you can also use Google Scholar. Again, you can use Google Scholar to find the articles, and then follow the links to access the full articles in databases.
BUT ... you should EITHER:
If you do this, your Google Scholar results list will show which articles are held by CSU Library, and there will be a Find it at CSU link to the article in the database where it is held:
As mentioned at left, many databases contain a combination of citation-only records, and records with full-text attached. Very often, a database will have some citation-only records, and some full-text items, from the same journal. This is because CSU’s online subscription might be for only a certain date-range of the journal.
The citation-only items often appear to be available, but when you try to get the full item, you are asked to pay for it. The item is referred to as being “behind a paywall”.
If you come across an item in a database that does not seem to be available in full-text, you can:
If in any doubt, please contact the Library for assistance in tracking down the full-text of the item you require.