Dana Class Guides:
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
- The article is linked to full text in your database.
- Search IRIS, the Rutgers catalog.
Follow to search for the article in IRIS, the Rutgers catalog, automatically.
Consult the list of Electronic Journals
- 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.)
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.