Module 3 – How do I find a full-text article ?

TOPIC:   How do I find a full-text article (by topic or with a citation and in specific database searching and Discover)?

Learning Outcome: Students will access Discover and/or a specific GALILEO database to locate articles by topic and to locate articles by citation.


It is important for you to know how to find full-text articles for your various scholarly projects.

This module will:

  • Discuss the difference in GALILEO and Discover
  • Provide tips on  how to locate articles by topic/keyword
  • Provide tips on how to locate articles by using the complete citation

Task List:

This task list is a checklist of activities the students need to do. The list concisely and explicitly names the documents and tools that support the teaching and learning activities in each module.

Please complete the following tasks in this module:

  • Read M3 Lecture
  • Complete M3—How to a find full text article-Quiz
  • Provide feedback on your learning experience using the Module Feedback link
  • Proceed to the next learning module



Finding articles for your research is one of the most common research activities of scholars.  Professors often require students to use journal literature to complete research assignments throughout their studies. Often you will have a research topic on which you need to find articles. Other times you may have a reading list of articles or will have complete references (also called citations) to articles that you want to find full text. In this tutorial you will learn about the two main access points to locating articles and how to locate articles by topic and how to locate the full text of an article when  you have a complete citation to an article.

Locating articles: What’s the difference in GALILEO and Discover?

 GALILEO stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Board of Regents provides funding for subscriptions to databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals, with more than 2,000 journal titles provided in full-text. Other resources include films, encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications. The Henderson Library provides access to databases in addition to those provided by the GALILEO initiative. All databases are listed under the GALILEO menu of resources. Generally speaking, researchers locating articles on a topic when using GALILEO must select a specific database, such as ERIC, CINAHL, or PsycINFO. Currently, there are more than 500 databases included in Georgia Southern University’s GALILEO menu. Librarians are happy to suggest one or more databases to search for a topic or your professors may suggest specific databases to search. A link to GALILEO is provided within your FOLIO account. Once you are logged in with your My.GeorgiaSouthern Username and Password, you should be able to access any GALILEO database from off campus.

What if you want to search across all databases AND locate books and other types of resources on a topic? The Discover service will allow you to do just that.

Discover Service, launched Fall of 2012, is a single search option for all databases, the online catalog, Digital Library of Georgia, and more. In the video tutorials, the narrator refers to the Discover Service as EbscoHost Discover Service (EDS).

Here are a few highlights of the service:

  • Provides a Google-like search experience. The search box is available on the library web page.
  • It differs from Google in that it searches only library resources & selected scholarly web sites.
  • Search results include journal articles as well as books and other materials.
  • Many of the results are full-text with direct links from the results list.
  • The initial search defaults to resources available on campus, both print and online.
  • To search for materials beyond Georgia Southern, remove the check from the default checkbox.
  • A mobile app is available for download in addition to the library access.

Discover Service is a great way to explore the literature on a topic across multiple disciplines and to quickly survey the literature available on any topic. You may restrict you results to items available in full text (both electronic and in print) at the Henderson Library.

Watch this video tutorial on using the Discover Service. Although this tutorial features the Discover Service of a different university, the instructions and tips are the same as the Discover Service provided by this university.

Finding the full text of an article when you have the citation:

If you already have the citation to an article for which you want to find the full text, follow these directions:

[Author]    [Year]       [Title of article]
Begley, A. (2008). Guilty but good: Defending voluntary active euthanasia from a virtue

                       [Title of journal]       [Vol:Number] [Page numbers]
perspective.   Nursing Ethics
,        15(4),               434-445.

Step one: Determine if the Henderson Library has access to the issues of the journal, Nursing Ethics, for the year 2008 by using the E-Journals tab on the library’s home page.

Step Two: If the title appears in the alphabetical list, click on the title for more information about exact years of access and link to the database(s) which provides access. Use the year, volume, issue number, and the rest of the citation to locate the full text of the article.




If the title you need isn’t listed in the E-jounals list, check the GIL Catalog for the journal title. The Library may have a print subscription to it for the year(s) you need.  If the journal title is not available in either print or in electronic format, you may request it via ILLiad, the system used for borrowing items through Interlibrary Loan.

See the ILLiad tutorial for more information.

Finding articles by topic:

Frequently, your search for information will begin with a specific topic on which you need articles. In addition to using Discover Service, scholars will often choose one or more specific databases and perform a search. GALILEO provides access to over 500 different databases, and knowing specific databases which index journals that are relevant to you topic can be a challenge.  Occasionally, your professor may suggest or require the use of particular database, but please remember that the Information Services Librarians or your Library Liaison will be happy to suggest relevant databases. You may get personalized instruction in the use of any of the resources provided by the library.

EbscoHost is one of the main providers of periodical databases.

Please watch this video on conducting a basic search using an EbscoHost database.

Please watch this video on conducting an advanced search using an EbscoHost database:

In general, the following steps will provide a starting point for locating relevant articles on a topic.

Step 1: Choose the specific database, such as ERIC, PsychInfo, Academic Search Complete. Databases, such as the ones listed, index key journals in a particular field of study or as in the case of Academic Search Complete, are multi-disciplinary.

Step 2: Develop a search strategy using keywords to that describe you topic. Consider ways to limit you results, such as date, type of article, etc.

Step 3: Review the search results and revise the search as necessary.

Step 4: At any time, ask a librarian for instruction in order to locate the best information. Determining the availability of journals, especially electronic journals, is not always straightforward. The librarians are happy to help you.



Select the best answer for the following multiple choice questions. Some questions address topics discussed in the video tutorials linked in this module:


  1. The Discover Service allows the researcher to do which of the following?
    1. Locate books on a topic
    2. Locate articles on topic
    3. Both a & b [Correct]
    4. Integrates websites by performing a Google® search and incorporating popular websites into the search results.
  2. GALILEO, an initiative by the Board of Regents, provides students access to which types of information sources?
    1. Access to thousands of full text journals
    2. Access to hundreds of periodical databases
    3. Access to encyclopedias, directories, and films
    4. All the above [Correct]
  3. When locating the full text of an article by using the citation (or reference) to the article, you should do which of the following steps first?
    1. Check the E-Journals List on the Library’s Homepage to verify we have a subscription to a particular journal. [Correct]
    2. Search for the journal title in the Discover Service.
    3. Request to borrow the article from another library.
    4. Check the GIL-Catalog by subject
  4. When using the Discover Service, you can limit your search results by using which of the following?
    1. By using the limiters, such as date and source type, found on the left side of the results screen
    2. By combining terms in your search, using the word AND.
    3. By searching only a single keyword
    4. Both a & b
  5. Which of the following are of benefit to performing an Advanced Search in an EbscoHost database available through GALILEO?
    1. Advanced Search provides guided search features allows you to choose particular search fields, such as journal title or author.
    2. Advanced Search offers many search limiters for increase search refinement.
    3. Advanced Search allows the researcher to limit results by type of source.
    4. All the above


Last updated: 10/29/2014

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