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How Do I Use the FindText Button in a Database?

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When you see the Find Text button  it means that the database that you are searching doesn’t have the full text of the article you need. But the library might have access to that article through another electronic resource, or the library might have that article in print. And if the library doesn’t have the article online or in print, we can get it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Here’s how the button works:

When you click the Find Text button, a new browser window or tab pops up. If you can get the article online through another source, the window looks like this:

Click the link that says “Available online via Literature Resource Center” and you will be taken to the full text of the article you need.

If the library has the article in print, the window looks like this:

Click the link that says “Saint Mary’s Library Catalog” and the online catalog will search for the journal that the article was published in:

Click the link that says “Saint Mary's College Periodicals” to see which volumes and years the library has, and where they are located in the library.

If the library doesn’t have access to the article online or in print, you will see a message that says “request this article from Interlibrary Loan”:

When you click on the Interlibrary Loan link, you will go to the Interlibrary Loan form, which is already filled out with all the information about the article:

All you need to do is fill out the information about yourself, and submit the form!  You'll get an email confirmation for your request, and you'll get another email when your article arrives here on campus.

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