How to Find a Specific Journal Article

When you have a citation for a specific article and need to find the full text, follow this procedure:

  1. From the Library homepage, go to E-Resources > Full Text Journals.
  2. Under Journal Title Search, and in the blank search box next to "Title begins with" type in the name of the journal you are looking for and click Search. Journal title abbreviations are usually recognized.
    Note: a common mistake is to enter the article title – make sure to use the journal title.

    For example, a search for "Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation" gives this result:

    Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation  (0003-9993)
    from 1983 to 1994 in Biddeford Campus Print Journals
    from 01/01/1995 to present in
    ScienceDirect Journals
    from 01/01/1995 to 1 year ago in Freely Accessible Science Journals

    The first line indicates print journals physically located at the Biddeford Campus, the second and third are links to the online journal.

    Be sure to consider the dates available to make sure they include the issue you need.
  3. Click on an appropriate link to find your journal article in full text. There may be several ways to get to the article. If you are accessing electronic journals from off-campus, you will be prompted for your username and password. This is the same one you use to log in to Blackboard, myUNE, U-Online, etc.
  4. At the ejournal site, look for a list of dates, or a link to “Past Issues” or “Archives” to navigate to the issue you need. Go to the year, volume, and issue you need. Once in the issue, navigate to the article you need by page number. Some sites have a search function to search for the article by title or author.

    When retrieving an online article, often there is a choice of “Full Text” or “PDF.” Full Text is usually an HTML document that contains hyperlinks and interactive features. PDF is an actual copy of the journal pages and is sometimes preferable as it is easier to cite than an HTML document.

If UNE Library Services does not provide access to the journal issue you need, use interlibrary loan to request a copy of the article. From the Library Services homepage click Borrowing, then ILLiad. Log in to your account, or click First Time Users if you need to create an account, then complete and submit the Article Request form. You will get an email when the electronic article is available to pick up in your account.

For a short, step-by-step video tutorial of this process, see Finding a Specific Journal Article. For this tutorial and more, from Library homepage click Get Help, then Library Tutorials.

For help, call Reference Services at (207) 602-2363 for the Biddeford Campus, or (207) 221.4333 for the Portland Campus, or use the Ask a Librarian link from the Library home page.