Answered By: Dave Harmeyer
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2020     Views: 17

Follow these steps to get at full text, peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on your topic:

1) Go to

Topic example: The high costs of healthcare premiums

2) Scroll down to the blue box, in the All: Quick Search single box copy and paste the following search: high cost* healthcare premium*  The asterisk is called a truncation symbol. It helps you get better results. In this case it searches for the words cost (singular) and costs (plural) as well as the words premium (singular) and premiums (plural).

3) Click on Search. You should get the following screen with 3,675 results. 

4) Next is to narrow these results by the three red arrows. Click on the box next to Peer Reviewed, Academic Journals, and English. Each time you click a box, the screen will change and your results will get smaller.

5) Your results will now be 871. Next, narrow by Publication Date. Scroll down and on the left, click on the left Publication Date box and type 2019, click in the right box and type 2021 (because we are nearing the end of 2020, some articles could have a 2021 publication date). Click the word "apply" .

Now you should have 91 results, which is a good number. 

Notice a couple of things - the sorted by is "Relevance" which means the most useful articles should be at the top of the results list.

6) Begin by reading the titles of the articles. If one looks interesting, click on the title which opens another window of the FULL RECORD of the article (not the full text). In the full record you can read the Abstract (a summary of the article) and determine further if it's a good article for you. 

7) FULL TEXT. Once you find one or more articles you like -- to get the full text is one of two choices:


Choice 2, if there is no PDF icon, then click on Full Text Finder.Example is the article titled Impacts of shifting responsibility for high-cost individuals on Health Insurance Exchange plan premiums and cost-sharing provisions.

If you clicked on that "Full Text Finder" link you'll next see what's called the Full Text Finder Results page:

8) In this example, there are three ways to get full text. If there are links at the very top (red arrow 1), then begin by clicking on the first link. In this case, these are links to the full text of this article in other databases we own. This is the reason you DO NOT want to click the box next to "Full Text" to narrow your results by full text, because you will loose articles like this one, that doesn't have the full text for this record, but does in other databases we own. 

If there are no links to other databases at the top, your next choice to get full text is click Google Scholar by DOI (red arrow 2). This takes you to the Google Scholar record of this article. If there is a link to the right of the Google Scholar record, clicking that link will bring up the article's full text. 

Finally, if there are no links at the top to other databases, and if when you click Google Scholar by DOI there is no link to the right of the record, then click the link "Request free copy of this article through ArticleReach" This is a wonderful service called ArticleReach. It goes to a form all filled out with information from the article. You scroll down and click on Submit. The full text of the article will come to your APU email in 48 hours or less. This means you will never have to pay for an article as long as you are a student at APU. 

If you need more assistance please send me an email, or leave a message on my office phone. Or we could met in my Zoom office. 

Dave Harmeyer

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