Full text means that the actual content of articles, statistics, book chapters, business information, etc. is available online.
Many web-based library databases and indexes help you find out about information, but they do not include the actual information online. They often find citations (just enough information to find articles elsewhere) and/or abstracts (short descriptions of articles).
The library web site contains numerous links to databases including the Subject Resources pages and the complete Database List. Many of these databases include full text, many do not. Look for database descriptions that include the open book icon, which denotes full text.
Very few full text resources have everything online. They usually include some full text and some citations/abstracts only.
That's where Find It! comes in. If an article does not seem to be obviously full text, click the orange Find It! button. It will lead you to more options for locating the full text of the article.
Yes, but fewer research articles are available than popular articles.
Some databases provide pieces of information that are considered to be full text. For example, a database that finds you addresses and phone numbers of businesses would be considered full text. An online encyclopedia would also be considered full text.
Yes, if you can see it on the screen, you can print it. Look for a print icon or button in the database and use it instead of using your web browser’s print button. This way the article will be better formatted for printing.
Yes. Almost all library databases are available from home. You’ll need your UW-L email username and password to log on. Complete instructions can be found at the library home page or here: Off Campus Access Instructions.