There are 2 main ways to find journal articles:
1. If you already know the journal article you want and have the reference details, then you can search directly for that article through the library catalogue Articles search and link to the PDF file or use the WebBridge button to link to the article. (The library catalogue Articles search is automatically searching many library databases). Or you can search for the journal on the Library Catalogue or the E-Journal Gateway then link to the journal web site and browse to the correct volume, issue and pages for your article.
2. If instead you don't know the reference details of a particular journal article but wish to search for articles on a topic, then it is best to search the library databases.
If you are looking for a basic explanation of what a journal article is and how to start a search, the publisher Taylor and Francis have made this short video.
A database is an electronic index to help you find journal articles on your topic of interest. Use the A-Z list of online resources to link to a database that covers the subject area you are interested in. If you don't know which databases to use, choose your subject from the list of Library Subject Guides. If you are not sure where to start the library catalogue article search may be useful - from one simple search box it allows you to search across many of the library’s electronic resources.
Before you start your search read our successful search techniques advice. These hints and tips should help you retrieve relevant results quickly.
The library databases often only provide the brief details and a summary of journal articles, or if they do provide the full text it may only be for some of the articles.
To find the full text of articles:
Jones, A (2012) ‘A very interesting article’, Journal of interesting stuff, 45(3): 564-569
Search the catalogue for: Journal of interesting stuff
Remember to check in the catalogue whether we have the correct year and volume for the article you are looking for.
Simply look for the WebBridge button when searching in many of the databases offered by the library.
Whenever you see the Check WebBridge button, click on the button and a menu of options will open in a new browser window. You may then:
WebBridge creates a shortcut link between a reference and the full-text. When you click on the WebBridge button, information about the article is transmitted to the WebBridge server. The server analyses the information, determines if and where the full text is available and creates the menu options.
While using WebBridge, you may encounter some problems or surprising results. Below are some situations you might come across.
Q Why do some links to full text not work?
A There are many possible reasons why a full text link would return a "not found" or other error message. WebBridge might not able to construct a valid link because of incorrect or insufficient information is sent from the library database.
If the link to full text doesn't work or is absent, we may still have the item - see "I can't find an article using WebBridge - what do I do next?"
Q There is no full text link in the menu. Does that mean the article is not available?
A There are a number of reasons why there might not be a full text link. So it is always worth checking the library catalogue separately if you have had no luck with WebBridge. Use the link to the library catalogue in the WebBridge window to double check if the library has a copy in print or electronic format.
Q Sometimes the full text link will take me to the article, but other times only to the journal. Why?
A WebBridge gets you as close as it can to the full text of the article. However, how close it can get depends on the journal's web site. When this happens, refer to the reference details in WebBridge, then on the journal site browse the issues until you reach the full text of the article.
Q Why are there multiple links to full text?
A There is overlap among the library's electronic journal collections and databases. That's why sometimes you will find that the full text is available from more than one source.
A If you can't find a journal article, book chapter or book via WebBridge, there are number of steps to try next:
Q How can I stop the WebBridge window getting blocked by my pop-up blocker?
A When you use WebBridge it opens a new pop-up window in your web browser. Some software automatically blocks pop-up windows (this is to stop many annoying adverts that appear this way). You may need to temporarily disable the pop-up blocker so that the WebBridge window can open.
To switch off the Internet Explorer pop-up blocker:
Alternatively to allow pop-ups for a particular site you need to add that site to a list:
ArticleRequest is a free service for students and staff to obtain journal articles that are not held electronically by Stirling University Library. Requests are sent to an international consortium of libraries that shares articles. If available, the article is emailed to you.
If you wish, before you make a request, you can check if the item will be available by searching the ArticleReach Catalogue. If it is available then choose 'Request Article' in the ArticleReach catalogue.
When using the Check WebBridge button in Library databases
– if no electronic version of the article is found at our Library, then the ArticleRequest link will appear in the WebBridge window.
If you have any questions about ArticleRequest, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If the book you want isn't available in Stirling's Library:
Alternatively, you may be able to find the book or journal you require in another library.
You can also check other libraries catalogues for books.
When you find it difficult to find many articles:
If you have any questions or comments about any of these services please contact us.