Answered By: Dave Harmeyer Last Updated: Apr 04, 2020 Views: 233
In order to search and find articles and their full text, as an LAPU student you are to begin at the University Library's main page at https://www.apu.edu/library/. When you see the Open Athens screen, click on the middle part of the white box and type in your full User ID (email@example.com) and your Password.
To find articles on your topic, type a few keywords in the All: Quick Search box and click Search.
You will likely get many many results, which is fine at the beginning. I suggest starting with large results and then narrowing.
You can narrow your results on the left side of your screen. First, click the box next to "Peer Reviewed" which narrows your results to scholarly articles. Then click the box next to "Academic Journals," which among other things, removes book reviews from your results.
Next, scroll down and click on "Language" and click English.
Then scroll down a few inches and below "Publication Date" in the date boxes type 2016 and 2020 (or how far back you can go with your searches) and click "apply." You now will have fewer items to look at.
The articles are automatically sorted by "relevance" which means the search tries to put the most useful items at the top. You may find exactly what you need in the top 5-10 items. Any record with a PDF icon, when clicked, will bring up the full text.
If there is no full text, click on "Full Text Finder" which checks to see if the full text is found in another APU databases It brings you to the Full Text Finder Results page. If they are there, click links that go to other databases near the top. If there are no links to other databases, try some of the other links below, such as Google Scholar.
If no full text is found, click on Request free copy of this article through ArticleReach. The next screen will display a form asking you to fill our your name, your University ID# which is the same as your LAPU ID # (not your username) and 3) your PIN, your PIN is exactly the same number as your LAPU ID #. The next screen will be the ArticleReach form populated with your article's information. Double-check that the red areas are filled in (Title of the Journal and the Date information; if not go back to find that information and fill it in). Then scroll down to the bottom and on the left click on the Submit button. You will receive your article in 48 hours or less into your LAPU email.
Please let me know if you need more help. Glad to do it.
Dave Harmeyer, LAPU Librarian
626-815-6000 ext. 3255