After reviewing this information, you will be able to:
To find an article, look for these characteristics:
You can use the tutorials above or the written directions below to find your article. If you're concerned you might be looking like a book or a book chapter, check out more library resources here:
Find a Specific Article or Journal
Sometimes you'll be on the hunt for one very specific article or Journal. Memorial Library has a lot of sources and there are many ways to track down those specific articles and journals. Use the information below to help you.
Find Specific Journal
If you're looking for a journal or magazine, first, click on the "Journals List" tab above the search bar in the middle of the Library Home page.
Then search for your journal or magazine. You can do this in a variety of ways. First, you can search for the journal or magazine by the title or title words. There's also a search option for seeing journals by topic. Lastly, there's an alphabetical list where journals and magazines can be found, based on their first letter.
Once you've found your journal, take a closer look at the entry. You'll want to find the location of the year of the journal you need. To the right of the year will be a link where you can find the journal. It will usually be found in one of two places. It will be either here at Memorial Library, or in a database.
Make sure to check the dates of your publication to see what we have access to. We may not have access to all issues of a given journal.
Scenario 1: Found in a online library
If the link you need has a different name than Memorial Library, chances are that the journal can be found in an online database.
Next to the year of the journal you need, click the link to the database.
WARNING: When you click on the links, they will open a new window!
Digital copies of the journal will be in this database. Find the issue you need and there's your source!
Scenario 2: Found at "Memorial Library Print Holdings"
If your journal says it's in "MSU Print holdings," it means we have it at Memorial Library at MSU!
Click on the "Memorial Library Print Holdings" button. Look for and find the call number.
Find a Specific Article
In order to find a specific article, start at the Library Services Home Page. Search for your article in the MavScholar search box. It is best to search by article title.
MavScholar will have a lot of different resources. Scroll through the search results to find your article.
To make it easier to find your article, consider adding more information in an advanced search, like an author name
Try narrowing the publication date to help you find the article earlier.
Once you find your article, one of the following things will happen.
Scenario 1: Get Full Text
Once you find your article, click on the title.
2. It will re-route you to a different site like a database. Look for "Full Text" or "Download PDF" buttons to find and access the full article.
Viola! An article! Make sure to download it or save the citation so you have the information later.
Scenario 2: The Purple Screen
If you click on your article name and it doesn't bring you directly to a database, you might have an extra step to go through. You will probably end up with purple screen with a lot of information. From this page, you'll need to look for the "Full Text" button. Find it and click it.
This should bring you to a database where you can read the entire article. Sometimes you will need to find yet another "Full Text" or "PDF" button to get the whole article.
Then you should have your article! Make sure to download it or save the citation so you have the information later.
Can't Find the Article?
If you don't see your article, follow the extra steps below:
At the top of the MavScholar search, check the box that says "Add results beyond your library's collection."
After that, search for the article like you did before, narrowing by author, publication title, or date.
Once you find it, click on the title.
Can't Access Full Article
If you found your article, but it doesn't say "full text" online, chances are you will need to request the article. The link next to the article will often it will say "Citation Online." Click this.
It will bring you to a new MSU screen where you will have to click "Interlibrary Loan and/or Request"
Next, login using the barcode from the back of your MavCard as your Username, and your last name as your password.
The request should auto-fill with all the information you need. You'll just need to check the box in order to agree to the copyright, and then click the "Go" button to submit your request. The Library will email you when your article is ready. You will likely access the item online using instructions provided in the email.
For more information about this process, check out our guide on requesting articles from other libraries.
If you have any trouble, please talk to a librarian.
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