Roberta Tipton
March 29, 2009
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Full Text Online

Not Everything Electronic Is Really Full Text

Watch the Publication Date
Usually older material is not full text
(A welcome exception to this is JSTOR, a backfiles database of selected scholarly journals that maintains a "moving wall" five years back.)
Levels of Electronic Text
Bibliographic Information
Table of Contents
Subject Headings or Descriptors
Text Only
Charts, Graphs, Typography

Not Everything Full Text Is Good

Popular Vs. Scholarly Articles
Harder to tell in electronic form; consult this page for further explanation
Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Literature vs. Popular Literature
Important vs. Unimportant or "Also Ran" Articles
Only a thorough knowledge of the subject will reveal this. However, if you concentrate on lengthy or feature articles from scholarly sources, you will be 'way ahead in most cases
Criteria for Judging Electronic Material (or any message)
Authority -- Who is the author, editor, publisher?
Accuracy -- How does it compare with other sources?
Bias, Hidden Agendas, Point of View -- Where is the writer "coming from"?
Currency or Date of Publication -- Is the age of the material appropriate to your subject?
Coverage -- What does it include? What does it leave out?
-- Adapted from Tate and Alexander, Widener University

Four Ways To Find Full-Text Articles At Rutgers

  1. The article is linked to full text in your database.
  2. Search IRIS, the Rutgers catalog.
    • Go to the Rutgers University Libraries Homepage
    • Click on Search IRIS and Other Catalogs to find the periodicals owned by the Rutgers Libraries. Search by the title of the periodical, often found in periodical indexes under "Source." Using PERIODICAL TITLE Begins with in the pull-down menu focuses your basic search.
    • Look at the periodical record. (The online record for a given periodical title may be separate from the print record, but is usually found within the non-microform record as electronic access.)
  3. Follow Article Linker to search for the article in IRIS, the Rutgers catalog, automatically.
  4. Consult the list of Electronic Journals

Full Text Databases: A Sampler

The following periodical indexes and databases purchased by the Rutgers University Libraries carry full text or partly full text items:

Academic Search Premier
Many subjects
Beilstein Cross Fire
Organic Chemistry
Business & Industry Database
Product and industry data
Business Source Premier
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Contemporary Women's Issues
Dissertations and Theses
Includes a 24-page excerpt from the most recent dissertations.
EEBO - Early English Books Online
Ethnic NewsWatch
Business and newspaper access
Backfiles (current year - 5)
LexisNexis Academic
Business and newspaper access
LexisNexis Statistical
Indexing for data from many sources
Library Literature & Information Science
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Mergent Online
Mergent (Moody's) Manual's Online
Project MUSE
Full text scholarly articles in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics
Over 1000 Journals from Elsevier
Social Science Electronic Data Library
Over 200 data sets
Data tables derived from business sources
Web of Science (selective links to ScienceDirect)
Science Citation Index, Social Science citation index, Arts and Humanities citation index
World News Connection
Information from the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service

Citing Electronic Resources

For information on citing electronic sources, please see our page on Style Manuals.
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