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Database Basics

Databases are searching tools designed to help researchers FIND information, whereas OU Libraries is responsible for ACCESS to articles.  We subscribe to both databases (paying for the indexing that the databases do) and to journals (to pay for full text access).  Every database is different; if you don't see a full text in the database, look for OU Link to Article or take the article name or journal name back to the Libraries' catalog to search manually.

OU Link to Article will connect you to other full-text options or provide a link to Interlibrary Loan to obtain the article if we don't subscribe to it.  Need help using our full text options?  Try our full text tutorial to learn about the options for access or see our Interlibrary Loan video or handout.

The Lean Library browser extension can make accessing full text easier and will even direct you to Interlibrary Loan where needed.

Some databases cover only scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, whereas others cover all types of materials.

General Science

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

This page discusses articles that are not available online, but the libraries have physical copies as well as articles that must be requested through interlibrary loan because the libraries does not subscribe to the journal.

How will I know if OU Libraries does not own the article?

Articles that are not available in the database you are searching or in another OU Libraries' database will be indicated with a Check for Full Text Link. After you open the Check for Full Text Link, look to see if OU Libraries has a physical copy of the article in a journal that you will be able to check out at the Circulation Desk. If there are no physical copies of the article, then you'll be able to request a copy from interlibrary loan

Screenshot of an article that is not available in the database you are searching, and is indicated by a Check for Full Text Link.

Screenshot of the Check for Full Text page that is directing you to check the libraries' physical holdings to see if the libraries' has a physical copy of the article.

Biomedical Sciences

Social Sciences

Web of Science Help

This video demos basis Web of Science usage.  However, we do not have access to their Kopernio plugin to access pdfs.  Please use the "OU Article Linker" instead.