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Reference Guide: Locating Full Text

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If you’re looking for a periodical article (from a journal, magazine, or newspaper), these tips will help you determine whether Lewis Library has access to the full text.

Locating a Periodical on the Shelf

If we don’t have full text in any of our databases, we may have a “hard copy” on the shelf.  You can either ask the librarian at the Reference desk, or check the Periodical Holdings notebook at the circulation desk,

Note the dates owned and the location (Upper Level, Lower Level, Microfilm, etc.), for example:


V. 30-46, 1995-2011

V. 48-   , 2013-     


Again, ask a librarian if you need help.

If we don’t have the article you need either in a database or on the shelf, you can request it on Interlibrary Loan.




Locating Full-Text Articles Online

To determine whether any of the library's databases have full text for a periodical article for which you already have a citation, use the JOURNAL LOCATOR database, available through GALILEO.  (If you don't have a citation and need help finding articles on a topic, please see a librarian.)

STEP 1: Access GALILEO (go to http://www.lagrange.edu, click on "Library," then GALILEO)

STEP 2: Click on "Databases A-Z," then on "All databases"

STEP 3: Click on "Journal Locator" (the first option)

STEP 4: Type the title of the periodical in the "Find" box

STEP 5: The Journal Locator will show you whether we have full text in any of our databases, and for what years.

Note: "Embargo: 1 year" means we don't have any full test for the most recent 12 months.

STEP 6: Follow the links to the full text of the article. Ask a librarian if you have questions.

Note: If you're in a database and a citation doesn't have full text but has a link saying "check LinkSource for more information," you can click on this link (or "Look in local Journal Locator") to see if we have full text.

Reference & ILL Librarian

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Arthur Robinson
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Ref. Desk 706-880-8957
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