How to find the fulltext of a journal article

  • This is a tool to help you find a specific journal article that you have a reference for. Follow the steps below to see whether you can obtain the journal article through Oxford Brookes library services. If you are looking for information on a topic but you don't know what is available then this page isn't for you - you should use a database instead, which you can find through your subject page.
    • Journal articles are in-depth and highly specialized investigations, discussions, or reports on a very specific topic.
    • Several articles will be published in a single issue of a journal - the articles in an issue are usually all by different authors and don't necessarily have to be about the same thing or even closely related things.
    • Several issues (often 4 or 12) are published every year and all the issues from a single year are referred to as being part of a volume of the journal.
    • At the top level is the journal itself, whose name will indicate the kind of thing you could expect to read about in the articles that appear in the volumes and issues of that journal.
  • 1. Identify the journal title in the reference

    To find a specific journal article we must first find out what access we have to the journal that the article was published in - we do this by searching for the journal title. The journal title is often (but not always) something like Journal of... or International Journal of... or something similar, for example Journal of the ACM.


     

    2. See if we have electronic access to the journal

    The A-to-Z e-journals service has details of all the electronic journal subscriptions that we have access to.

     

    Did you find the journal title?

    • Underneath the journal title will be at least one hyperlink to the journal title you are looking for. Next to each hyperlink it will say which years of the journal title that you can access through that hyperlink. For example, for the Journal of the ACM we have access to 1954 to the present from the hyperlink 'ACM Digital Library' and to 2004 to the present from the hyperlink 'Business Source Complete'.
    Does the electronic access we have include the year of the journal article that you are trying to find?
    • Yes: click a hyperlink that includes the year of the specific journal article you are looking for. The way the website looks will vary depending on the hyperlink you have clicked but normally you will first have to select the year or volume that contains the journal article you are looking for and then you will have to select the issue that contains the journal article you are looking for. Eventually you will get to a list of journal articles - read through the list for the author and title you are looking for and you should then be able to click a link to "full-text", "PDF", "html", or something similar to read the full journal article. If you can't find the journal article and you think you should have access, contact your subject librarian or ask for help at a library enquiry desk.
    • No: we don't have electronic access to the journal article you are looking for. Move to step 3.
    • That means we don't have electronic access to the journal article you are searching for. Move to step 3.
  • 3. See if we have a print copy on the library shelves

    The Library catalogue has details of all the journal holdings that we have in print (and a few of our electronic journals as well). Search the Library catalogue for a journal title (not the article title) and answer the following question:


    • Open the library record for that journal and then click the grey bar that gives the name of the library (e.g. Wheatley) and then says "Available in..."
    • Under Holdings you will see the years and volumes that we have on the shelves of the library for that particular journal. For example, for the Journal of the ACM we have volume 20, 1973 all the way up to the present day in print on the shelves of Wheatley library.
    Do the library holdings include the year and volume of the journal article that you are trying to find?
    • Yes: you will be able to find the article you are looking for at the Shelfmark given in the library record - ask for help if you can't find it.
    • No: we don't have the journal article you are looking for in print. Move to step 4.
    • That means we don't have the journal article you are searching for in print. Move to step 4.
  • 4. Apply for an Inter Library Loan

    This is often the last resort for finding a specific journal article.

    • An Inter Library Loan is where we ask the British Library to send us a photocopy of the journal article which you then get to keep. This service isn't free - you have to pay for each journal article you request and how much you pay depends on what level of student you are. For more details and to download an Inter Library Loan request form, go to the Interlibrary Loans Service page
    • If the British Library can't provide the journal article you want then move to step 5.
    • If we don't have electronic access to the journal article that you want, we don't have it in print, and you don't want to apply for an Inter Library Loan then you won't be able to get hold of the journal article through us. Sorry about that! Move to step 5.
  • 5. Beyond Brookes

    For when you can't get the full-text of the article you want through Oxford Brookes.

    Bodleian Library

    If you are a postgraduate student or an undergraduate working on a final year dissertation or project then you might also be able to obtain the journal article from the Bodleian Library of Oxford University - for more details please see our access to other libraries page