Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2021     Views: 1346

Many articles in library databases are available full-text, meaning you can open the full article on your computer, then read, print, 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. Visit our FAQ on how to limit to full text in a database for more help.

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. Visit our FAQ on using the Find it Button to learn more.

While you cannot print or save the articles that are not available in 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 Discover. Use the tools on the right hand side to save information about the article.

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

For more help, ask a librarian.


Reviewed 8/19/2021 bgw

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