Many of the Library databases contain the full text of articles. Other databases contain article citations (title, author and publication information only) or abstracts (summaries). When you've done your search and have a results list of article titles, click on a title to see the entire article, or a citation and/or abstract to the article.

Using SFX

  • If the whole article isn't in the database, look for find text or the "No Text, try this" link. Click to initiate an automatic search in other Library databases for the full text of the article.
  • Sometimes you'll click directly to the article itself, or to a list of links to issues of the journal that leads you to the article.
  • Other times, the SFX menu of options appears. The menu usually contains one or more of the following options:
    1. A list of Library databases containing the full text of the journal where your full-text article appears. This list also shows the available dates of full-text coverage. Click on the database link that contains the date of your article.
    2. The Library owns a print copy of the journal, located in the periodical shelves.
    3. No full text available at the Library, which means that the Library does not have full-text coverage, so you will need to request the article from the Library's Interlibrary Loan Service .

No Full Text Available at the Library

  • If no full text is available and you are using the SFX menu, you will be directed to a link to fill out an ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form. If you are unable to find a journal in the CSUMB Journals List and are not using the SFX menu, you may link directly to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  • If you have any questions about this FAQ, please come to the Reference Desk or click Ask a Librarian.