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Advanced Library Research Techniques: Article and Journal Finder

This guide will help you improve your research skills and develop expertise in evaluating, comparing, and selecting reliable and credible sources of information.

2 Ways to Locate a Full-Text/PDF Copy of a Journal Article

1. Use Google Scholar to find a full-text/PDF copy of a journal article.

Keep in mind that if we don't have the journal you need online, just submit an interlibrary loan request to get a free PDF copy emailed to you by the library.

For example, if you have the following citation and want a full-text/PDF copy of the article, you can use Google Scholar to get it.

Note, if you are off-Campus, you will need to make sure you configure Google Scholar. You will find the configuration instructions below.

Hamre, B. K., & Pianta, R. C. (2001). Early teacher–child relationships and the trajectory of children's school outcomes through eighth grade. Child Development, 72(2), 625-638.

  a) Copy the title of the journal article in the citation above.
  b) Go to Google Scholar. and paste the title of the article into the search box.
  c) If NSU Library subscribes to this journal, you will see links to the right of the citation that displays in Google Scholar. Click on the link(s) to get the full text/PDF copy. If a link does not appear, NSU does NOT have a subscription to the journal.  However, you can submit an interlibrary loan request and obtain a free copy of the article.

To set your Google Scholar preferences:
  a) Go to Google Scholar and click on the Menu icon (3 bars that are usually in the upper left of the screen).
  b) Click on Settings.
  c) Click on Library Links.
  d) If you do not see NSU listed as your library, search for NSU in the search box.
  e) Select the Norfolk State University listing.
  f) Click Save preferences.
Now search results will have the Find@NSU link that will connect you to full text (online or in print) or an interlibrary loan form when we don't have any access.

You will need to configure the Google Scholar settings in each browser you use to search Google Scholar.

2. Use the  Virtual Library of Virginia Journal Locator (VIVA) to find the titles of online journals available to NSU Library.

and Search Virtual Library of Virginia and beyond to find full-text/PDF copy of a journal article.