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Bio 1B Research Skills Guide: Getting Articles and Books: Getting full text

Getting articles and e-books

Getting the Full Text of Articles and E-books

If you need to find resources on your research topic, see Searching for Articles or Finding books. If you've found a resource but need to get the full text, read on!

Article databases and UC Library Search contain citations to resources, but often don't include the full text.

If the full text is available you should see a Full Text icon: Full text icon

From databases: If no full text icon is immediately visible, to get to the full text of an article or e-book click the Get it at UC button.

From UC Library Search: Click available links under View Online: Full text availability.

  • You may be taken directly to the article or e-book, or to a menu:

View online link

Click on the View Online link to access the full text if it is available.

If there are multiple links available, it's recommended to choose the journal publisher link first from the alphabetical list.

Get it at UC: multiple links

The publisher's site will contain the most information about the article and the journal. If this link doesn't take you to the full text, try one of the other links.

To see if UC Berkeley has online access to a specific life sciences journal, you can enter the title in Journal Search:

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Elliott Smith
Bioscience, Natural Resources &
Public Health Library