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NFS 4943: Trends & Controversies in NFS

Finding & Accessing Articles

General Search Tips

  • Keep your first search very simple. Start with only 1-3 search words. 
  • After your first search, start using filters or adding search words one at a time to slowly narrow your results down to what you want.
  • Many times, you won't get what you want on your first search. Searching is about trial and error, so you may have to attempt several searches using different combinations of search words in order to find what you need.
  • If you have tried multiple searches in multiple databases and still cannot find what you need, contact Suzi ( for searching suggestions or for an appointment.


Searching in PubMed

Always access PubMed through the library website so it knows you are a TWU student and gives you access to more articles.

View the three short videos below to learn how to search PubMed more effectively.

Accessing Articles

Find PDF Link

Most databases only show a description of each article. To view the full article, you must locate the PDF. The location and appearance of the PDF link is different in each database. Below are some examples:

In EBSCOhost databases

PDF Full Text

In ScienceDirect


In SciTech Premium Collection

PDF link example


No PDF Link?

Sometimes an article is discoverable in a database but doesn't "live" in that database. If you don't see a PDF link, look for a link that says something like "Find Full Text.." This link will either take you to the database where the article lives, or it will prompt you to submit an "Article Delivery Request."

In Web of Science

Full Text from Publisher

In PubMed

Label called "Full text links" with a button beneath is labeled as "FIND IT @ TWU"