Finding Full Text Articles

sarah_reandoBy Sarah Reando

Webster University Library has staff and tools devoted specifically to getting research materials to students who cannot access materials on the Main Campus. When searching the library databases, it can be discouraging to find articles that, based on the title, abstract, or other information about the article, would be relevant to your research but are not available through full text. Sometimes the articles are available in print at Emerson Library on the Main Campus, but those are (seemingly) inaccessible to students who do not attend face-to-face classes in St. Louis.  What is an online student to do?

By following the steps outlined in this post, students can more than likely access the materials they need in a business week or less.

Step 1: Check to make sure that the article you need is not available in another database. You can do this by using a tool called Article Linker, which checks all of our databases for a specific article, and will inform you if an article is not available or only available in print.


If either of the latter two are the case, click the blue Request it Here button.

Find out more about Article Linker

Step 2:By clicking the Request it Here button, you will enter the ILLiad Document Delivery System. This is where requests are placed, tracked, and accessed once they are delivered. You will log in (or register if you are a first time user) and make any necessary additions to the form that ILLiad has automatically filled with information about the article. When you submit the form, library staff receive it and begin the process of scanning material or requesting it from another university. This takes an average of 5-7 business days.

Note: While an article can almost always be requested, Webster University Library cannot guarantee that another institution will be able to lend the desired articles.

Find out more about ILLiad

Step 3: Log back into ILLiad to check on the status of your request, or access the article after it has been delivered. You will also see the date at which the article will no longer be available to you, and request an extension of this period.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems during this process, go to Ask a Librarian for help! Call, chat, or email our friendly Reference Librarians for help navigating these tools.

Sarah Reando is a Reference Librarian at the Emerson Library of Webster University.