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Tips for Article Searches

Other helpful tips:

  • Use Library databases to locate articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Academic Search Complete database can be used to find articles on just about any topic
  • Specialized databases cover a specific subject. Use these to find articles by researchers and experts, published in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals
  • Search for keywords or phrases that describe your topic. A keyword search finds more records, but not all will be relevant.
  • To retrieve more relevant results, search for Subjects. Subjects are words or phrases that describe the main ideas of the article. 
  • To search for a specific author, journal title or article title, enter the exact name or title in the search menu and select the appropriate field from the drop-down menu next to the search box.
  • Use AND between search terms to retrieve records containing all your search terms.
  • Use OR between search terms to retrieve records containing one or more of your search terms
  • Use the Search Options and Refine Results features to set limits, narrow results, and retrieve more relevant results.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Librarian to learn more about finding journal articles

Finding Full Text Articles

Wondering if an article is full text?  Follow these tips when searching databases:

  1. Look for “PDF full text” or “HTML full text.” PDF full text means that a PDF file, a scan of how the article originally appeared in print, is available to open, download, or save.  HTML full text means that the article’s text is available but only in the format of a web page.

    shows PDF & HTML icons in database
  2. Use the “Full Text Finder” link within databases.  This is a tool that utilizes EBSCO’s Full Text Publications Finder, which will help you determine if the article is full text in another subscription database or open access online.

    Example of full text finder link within a database.
  3. If the article is NOT available as full text, look for the “Request this item through interlibrary loan” link. This will transfer the article’s citation information into a request form. Complete the form with your contact information and submit.

    Example of ILL link.
  4. In instances where you have found a citation for a journal article, but you cannot determine its status, try searching for the journal title using EBSCO’s Full Text Publications Finder.
    Full Text Finder logo.
  5. If you’ve tried all of these tips and still cannot find an article’s full text, please complete an Interlibrary Loan Request by filling out our online request form.
    ILL form header

Permanent Links for Database Records

What is a permanent link?
A permanent link is a URL that links to a specific record within a database. Permanent links give a specific Web address to each item record, allowing records to be bookmarked by searchers or linked to from other websites. Use permanent links to access journal articles, e-books, and catalog records in library databases.

Search a database for a topic or an article citation. At the search results page, click on an item to see the detailed record display. At the individual record display look for the permanent link. It can usually be found at the top or side of the page, or sometimes within the record details. The permanent link may be called a permalink, persistent link, jumpstart, or stable URL. Copy and paste the permanent link into your Blackboard course site, email, reading list, etc.  

What is a proxy prefix?
The proxy prefix: allows Mount St. Joseph students, faculty and staff to access subscription databases from off campus. In order to use a permanent link from off campus, make sure the proxy prefix is at the beginning of the permanent link. For example:

Do permanent links ever expire?
Yes, permanent links do occasionally expire when vendors make changes to URLs in their databases. If faculty are using permanent links in their Blackboard courses, they should check the links each semester prior to teaching their courses to make sure the links are still working. If a link has stopped working, faculty can use EBSCO's Full Text Publications Finder to locate the article and find a new link. If you are having trouble fixing the link or finding the article, please contact the library for assistance.

Cochrane Library

The DOI, Digital Object Identifier, is the permanent link. You’ll need to add the proxy prefix for off campus access.


EBSCO DatabasesThe permanent link, called permalink, is accessed under the Tools column at the Detailed Record display. Click on the Permalink icon to open a box above the article title. In EBSCO eBook Collection database, use permalinks to link to specific pages within an electronic book. The proxy prefix is already included as part of the EBSCO permanent linkebscoNursing & Allied Health Source (ProQuest)
Click on Abstract/Details; the Document URL is the permanent link. You’ll need to add the proxy prefix to enable off campus access.

proquestOhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)
The permanent link, or permalink, is listed with the article description. Add the proxy prefix for off campus accessejcOVID database (Wolters Kluwer)
The permanent link is called a jumpstart. Under the Tools column, click on the Email Jumpstart link or the Email PDF Jumpstart. You will see a pop-up window with the jumpstart URL for the article. You can either copy and paste the link, or send it to yourself in an email. The proxy prefix is part of the OVID permanent link. 

The permanent link is the URL with the word stable