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Full-Text   Tags: article_linker, full-text, interlibrary_loan  

In this tutorial and guide learn how to find the full-text of an item using Article Linker within many of Rice Library's databases.
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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PDF vs. HTML Full-Text?

PDF (Portable Document Format)
When used within a database, the PDF Full-Text option will allow users to see an article or resource as it originally appeared on the page.  This makes documenting a resource easier as one can easily identify page numbers and sections.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
When used in databases as HTML-Full-Text, the user will receive the text of an article or resource as a block of text.  Paragraphs will usually be defined; however, many times pages will not be indicated and images will not be included.
The Verdict:
When you have a choice, choose the PDF format as it will make citing the resource easier.

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Why Reference Sources?

Reference sources can provide you with valuable information such as:
  • Background information
  • Important figures
  • Dates, places, and people
  • Definitions and key terms
  • Lists of additional sources (articles, books, etc.)
They are an excellent way to begin your research by allowing you to become familiar with the topic in preparation to choose the best articles, books, and additional resources. 

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Need the Full-Text ASAP:

Most databases provide a way to limit your results to only those records that provide access to the full-text of the document.  These full-text limiters can be very useful especially when you only need one or two resources.
However, you must remember that if you use this option you will be eliminating those items that could be found in other Rice Library databases or in print format.  This can be especially troublesome when you need a large number of sources.
To avoid these problems, if possible, start your research early in case you need to request articles through Interlibrary Loan.

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