Answered By: Jessica Tipton Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017 Views: 112
Before you get started, make sure you have a full citation for your article. Without it, you may have trouble finding the exact article you need. You will need at least the full article title and journal, magazine or newspaper title. Information about the author, issue and year will help verify that you have the right item.
Often, you can just type your full article title into Summon, the research portal on the library's front page, and a link to the full text will come up.
Enter your article title, and click on the Search button.
Choose the correct article from the list and click on the title to get to the full text.
If the above doesn't take you to your article, you'll have to determine if the library has access to the journal you need.
Click on the link on the left side of the library's home page - Find Specific Journal.
Type the name of the journal in the search box and click on the Search button.
This screen is only to help you figure out where a specific journal is located. It cannot search for specific journal articles. You will be able to search for articles later.
Once you have searched, you will see a screen that shows where the Billington library has access to the journal you have searched for, and how much of it we have access to.
This results screen shows several details:
- The name of the journal in bold type.
- The names of databases where the journal can be found in blue underlined type
- The years of the journal available in each database
- The years of the journal available in print in Billington Library
First, check through the list to see if your journal is included. Sometimes there are several journals with similar names, so if you are not sure which you need, try to locate the ISSN for that journal. Once you have found your journal in the list, look at the databases it is available in. Note that not every database has the same years, so make sure that the issue you need is available from the database you select. When you have found a database that has the year you need access to, simply click the blue underlined text that shows the name of the database (e.g. Academic Search Premier).
After you click the database name, you will be redirect to one of the following two pages:
- A screen asking you to log in using your MyJCCC username and password
- The journal's home page in the database you selected
Once you have logged in to most databases, you will see the home page for the journal in that particular database. Unfortunately, each database provider (EBSCO, JSTOR, Project Muse, etc.) formats their journal home pages slightly differently. Some do not have journal home pages, but will simply enter the journal name in the default search screen. However, in most cases, you should see the following information regardless of which database you have selected:
- A list of issues by year
- Publication about the journal (ISSN, Publisher, etc.)
- Years of the journal that we have access to through this database
- An area that allows you to search just this specific journal for articles
If you cannot find your article either of these two ways, we may not have access. Fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request and we'd be happy to borrow a copy of the article from another library for you.