Once you've conducted your search and found relevant articles, you're ready to find the full text of each citation. Often, this step is easy—simply search for the article title on the library homepage, Google Scholar, or in the database of your choice. If you're searching using the library catalog and are signed in with your UTORid and password, you can download the article PDF directly from the record by clicking "Download PDF."
Researchers conducting systematic/scoping reviews may also use an automatic full-text finder in their reference manager. These full-text finders rely on open-link resolvers much like the Get it! UTL button and are similarly reliable. The full-text finder is available in Endnote Desktop.
In some cases, finding full text is more complicated than just searching for the article title. While many people's first response to the landing page above is to request the article through Interlibrary Loan (RACER), this is often unnecessary if we have the item at U of T! There are a few steps you can take to locate the article you need before requesting it on RACER. This page will show you multiple methods to locate full text in the library catalog.
Watch videos to familiarize yourself with searching using the library catalog, or follow the steps below.
There are a few different ways you can access full text through the library. Follow the steps below before resorting to the Interlibrary Loan service:
Before requesting an item from another institution, check to see if it is available in the U of T library catalog. You can do this by searching for the journal name.
A journal record that is available online will have the text "Available Online" in the description of the result. Click "Available Online" to reach a page with web links that provide access to the online version of the journal.
If the journal is not available online—or the electronic resource does not include the specific year you need—you may still be able to access it in print! Catalog records will indicate, below the text "Locations," which libraries have the journal. Note that copies listed at hospital libraries are accessible to hospital employees only.
There are multiple ways to access an article in a print journal.
If the library does not have the journal you need electronically or in print, you can request a specific article from another institution through our interlibrary loan service, RACER. Note that you should only request an article through RACER if it is not available electronically or in print through U of T.
There are two ways to request an article through RACER, but before you can request items, you must register for a RACER account.
If you have already tried to locate the item in the U of T catalog with no luck, you can make an Interlibrary Loan request directly through LibrarySearch. Click "Expand your results beyond Library collection," and select the article you would like to access. Follow the link on the individual catalogue record to submit your request through RACER. This should auto-populate the request form with the article information. Double check to make sure the information is correct, and that the ISSN number is included. You can locate the ISSN number of a journal by searching for the title in Ulrich's Web. For more information, see the FAQ on submitting Interlibrary Loan requests.
If you navigated away from the Get it! UTL landing page, you can still request the article by filling out a Blank Request Form on RACER.
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