Journal Articles for Distance Learners

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Journal Articles for Distance Learners
To Search for Useful Journal Articles: Research Guides by Subject
To Receive Articles From Penfield Library: E-Journals and Article Delivery
To Receive Articles From Other Libraries: ILL through Penfield or through your local public library

Research Databases for Journal Articles

These databases include searchable records for millions of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Several of them include additional types of materials. In many subject areas, these databases will be your primary access to the research materials you need.

At a bare minimum, a search in one of these databases can give you a list of articles relevant to your particular research interest.

You can explore the list by clicking on "Research Guides by Subject" under "Find Articles and More" on the library home page. From there you can select a general list or a subject related list of databases. Most of these databases will require you to login with your Oswego CTS account Laker NetID and password. If you need assistance, be sure to ask for help. If you have difficulty accessing our resources, please see our page on Web Site Technical Information and Help.

An added feature in most of the research databases is an abstract of each article. This abstract is a summary of the article so you can make a better decision about whether to obtain and read the full article. For a basic introduction to searching for articles, see section 4, Finding Journal Articles, in the Lake Effect Research Challenge.

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Electronic Full-Text of Journals

A growing number of the databases not only list the articles and summarize them, but also provide the full text of the articles online. In addition, we provide access to publishers' web sites that provide full text articles online. These services give you the same text that you would see in the print version. These articles can usually be printed out or saved to a disk.

Many of the databases provide a "LinkSource Link to Full Text," "See if in Penfield Library or Online," or "Find Text" link for articles that are not in the current database. A click on this link will search for the article in our other databases and in our library catalog, and usually take you straight to the article if it is available. You can also use our Journals list online to see if a particular journal title is available. Click on "Journals and Newspapers by Title" under "Find Articles and More" on the library home page, and select the option, "Search for a journal or newspaper title."

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Article Delivery

This service is available to our Distance Learners, who are taking most of their classes off-campus or on SUNY Learning Network. We do not, however, ship or transmit articles to addresses in Oswego's Zip Code, 13126. These articles will be delivered electronically through the ILLiad web service.

To receive articles electronically you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader (more information) installed on your computer.

Important Copyright Notice
The articles Penfield Library delivers to you are likely to be protected by copyright. Under Title 17 of the United States Code, we can supply these copies to you only for use in "private study, scholarship, or research." If you make a request for, or later use, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," you may be liable for copyright infringement.

You can submit a request for your articles by following links for Interlibrary Loan - Illiad from the "LinkSource Link to Full Text" results window or the Library homepage.

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Interlibrary Loan for Articles

If a magazine or journal article is not available online and not available in paper in Penfield Library, we can send you an electronic copy through Illiad, our interlibrary loan service. When we receive the article from the lending library, we will post the file for your personal use in Illiad.

You can submit a request for your article by following links for Interlibrary Loan (Illiad) on the "LinkSource Link to Full Text" results window or on the library homepage.

You are also welcome to use the ILL service at your local public library.

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You can ask us for help via email, phone, text or chat by visiting our Ask a Librarian page.  You can also schedule a Skype Xtreme Research appointment for one-on-one research assistance.