Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2018     Views: 857

Many articles in library databases are available full-text, meaning you can open the full article on your computer, then read, print, or save it or generate a citation for the article.  Other articles are only indexed, meaning there is information about the article -- the title, author, publication date, abstract (summary), etc. -- but not the article itself.

Most searches allow you to narrow your results to show only full text items by simply checking the "full text" box in the search limiters.  There is not an option to search only articles that are not full text.

To access indexed (not full text) articles, you can use the "Find It" button to see if the article is available electronically in another location, look for a copy in a print journal at the library, or place an interlibrary loan request. Click here for more information about using the Find it Button.

While you cannot print or save the articles that are not available full text, you can print and save the information about the article.  To do this, pull up the information about the article, then choose the desired option to print, save, or format the citation. The example below shows a result in GALILEO Discover.  Follow the instructions on the page to make additional options.

Options to find, save, print, or cite article information

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