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VM 830: Food Safety Research Methods: Getting to the Full-text Article

A guide to MSU Library resouces and services.

4 (Easy) Steps

I've found the citation to the article in a database, now how do I get the actual article so I can read it?

1. Within the database, click on the link to the full-text of the article or report, if there is one.

2. No direct link? Click the Find Text@MSU link to bring up a page that will 1) show any full-text links and/or 2) facilitate an InterLibrary Loan request.

3. If there is an electronic version available, be sure to note whether it covers the year/volume/issue you need. If not, you will need to see if a print version is available by searching the Catalog for the title of the journal using the Books & Media link under the Libraries' main search box. 

4. If the journal article you want is unavailable in the MSU Libraries, we can request the articles you need from another library. This is a free service, but can take anywhere from 3-5 business days to a couple weeks. So plan accordingly and don’t put off your research until the last minute! It's always a good idea to do your literature search early, identify the resources that the Library does not own and submit your requests for the things you want. That way you'll have them when it's time to write your paper.

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