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What is Find It!

Find It! button simplifies getting to full text articles.  When searching in databases and an article of interest is located, click on Find It!  A new window opens providing a list of all the ways to access an article.  The options vary depending on the item:

  • Online full text article (click the Go button)
  • Link to a database where you must enter a search for the article you want (ex: Lexis Nexis, Web of Science)
  • Automatic search of the Stout Library Catalog for a print/microfiche/microfilm copy of the journal
  • An Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad form to request a copy from another library
  • Assistance from a Stout Librarian via Ask a Librarian online form

See example of Find It! in a database below.

Assistance is available at the Reference Desk on the library's 1st floor or via the Ask a Librarian online form.


Find It! FAQ

Q: Why isn't full text always available?
A: Either the item isn't available online or the Library does not subscribe to the title online.  So be sure to check the other options (either print in the library or requesting from another library)

Q: Why do some full text links take you to the journal's home page and not the full text of the specific article?
A: Find It! takes you as close as it can; however, sometimes you will need to navigate the publisher's site to get the full text either by selecting from dates or even entering a second search.

Q: Why do some articles have several links?
The Library has subscriptions with several vendors; some journals are included in more than one database.  These extra links can be useful when one database is temporarily unavailable.

Q: Why doesn't a full text link connect?
A: Some journals have an "embargo period" which means that according to the publisher/vendor agreement, the full text will not be available until after a certain amount of time.  For some it may be a month, for some a year, etc.

Q: I already have a citation for an article or book.  Can I use Find It! to locate it?
A: Yes.  Enter the information into the Citation Linker form.  Some common problems with this search:

  • The title of the journal or book (ISSN or ISBN number) must be filled in.  This is the most effective method.
  • Some standarized journal abbreviations work, but complete journal title is best.
  • Check for spelling and spacing.
  • The ampersand (&) does not work; spell out the word "and".

Assistance is available at the Reference Desk on the library's 1st floor or via the Ask a Librarian online form.


Example of Find it! in a ProQuest database

Example of Find it!

Some articles will not be available in full text in the database you are searching, nor will there be links to another full text database.  For these, you will see the following.  If you want to order it from another library, click on the ILLiad link.  The citation info will fill in the form automatically.

Options when no full text is available.

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