Limit to full text
In the research databases, you can limit your search results to only full text by checking a box or choosing other options. Some are set to automatically default to full text.
EBSCO: Limited to full text by default.
ProQuest: Limited to full text by default.
SAGE: In Advanced Search, check Only content to which I have full access under Access Type.
You can find examples of full text limiters on the Basic Search Limiters of the Database Search Skills Guide:
Get the full text
Once you do a search, click the full text link in the search results by the article you want. Depending on the database, the links might look different or be in different places such as beneath the article information, to the side, or above the article.
Some articles have only one full text option. Others will have more than one. For example, in the EBSCO company databases you may see the following options below the article information in the search results:
- HTML Full Text: displays the article as regular web text. This might omit the original page numbers and graphics like photos and charts
- PDF Full Text: shows the article exactly as it appears when published in print, with the same formatting, page numbers, charts, graphs, etc.
You may also see the Find @ Walden button which checks for full text availability at Walden Library:
The Find @ Walden service may not always successfully find full text when full text is available. If the Find @ Walden service is unsuccessful, you can confirm if full text is available by looking for the article using the journal title.
Save and print
Databases have different options to save and print full text. Read carefully after clicking an option! You may be saving or printing only the article information and not the full text.
A surefire way to save or print an article is to view the PDF in your internet browser first. If you're using the latest version of Adobe Reader, a toolbar will appear when you mouse over the top of the open PDF which will allow you to save or print a PDF.
Chrome is an exception. If you're using the Chrome browser, right-click your mouse to save and print.
We strongly recommend using the latest version of Adobe Reader. Downloading and installing the most up-to-date version often solves most PDF issues you may experience.
See the PDF Help guide for more PDF troubleshooting tips.
Document Delivery Service (DDS)
If you're working on your dissertation or doctoral study, you can request articles through DDS. We will try to find the item at another library and e-mail it to you for free (restrictions apply).
Need search tips?
This guide covers getting full text for an item you've already found or know about. To learn about search strategies, see these guides:
Subject Terms & Index Searches
by Susan Stekel Last Updated Aug 31, 2023 261 views this year