Journal Articles

How to access full text

I have a reference for an article

If you have a reference for an article, e.g.

K. J. Donnelly, Tracking British Television: Pop Music as Stock Soundtrack to the Small Screen. Popular Music Vol. 21, No. 3 (Oct., 2002), pp. 331-343

Option 1:

  • Type the title of the article into the search box on the Library homepage (you can also include author and journal title if you need to)
  • Once you find a link to the article you want to read, choose the link to ‘Full text online’ (you may be asked to enter your GUID)
  • With some journals, you are now taken straight to the full text for the article
  • For other journals, you may be presented with a screen offering you options for one or more different providers of the journal, choose the link to a journal provider based on the date of the article you need.

  • Once on the journal web page, if you are not taken straight to the article itself, look for the links to lists of volumes/back issues/archive and navigate to the year/volume/issue you need
  • Find the link to the article you need, and open the file (usually PDF)
  • If you can’t find the article you need, try option 2

Option 2:

  • Search for the overall journal title (e.g. Popular Music) using the search box on the Library homepage
  • In the list of results find the e-journal entry for the journal (you can limit to e-journals on the left-hand side of the screen under ‘Format’)
  • Choose the 'Full Text Online' link
  • Choose the date range that you need. There may be more than one link to different providers offering different date ranges.
  • Once on the journal provider web page look for the links to lists of volumes/back issues/archive and navigate to the year/volume/issue you need
  • Find the link to the article you need, and open the file (usually PDF)

To be certain that the Library provides access to the journal online, we always recommend searching for the overall journal title and checking the dates available. If you still can't find the article, see further information below.


I want to find articles about my topic

If you want to find articles about a topic but don't have any specific references.

Option 1:

  • Use keywords to search for your topic using the search box on the Library homepage
  • Once you find a link to the article you want to read, choose the link to ‘Full text online’ (you may be asked to enter your GUID)
  • With some journals, you are now taken straight to the full text for the article
  • For other journals, you may be presented with a screen offering you options for one or more different providers of the journal. Choose the link to a journal provider based on the date of the article you need. The article reference is shown on this intermediary page – it may be useful to copy and paste this information so you can refer back to it if you need to

  • Once on the journal web page, if you are not taken straight to the article itself, look for the links to lists of volumes/back issues/archive and navigate to the year/volume/issue you need
  • Find the link to the article you need, and open the file (usually PDF)
  • If you can’t find any articles for your topic, you may need to use a specific database

Option 2:

Using the search on the Library homepage is a good starting point for finding full text articles but it doesn't find every article. For a more comprehensive search, you may need to search individual subject databases.

  • Find the database you need! The Library provides listings of databases by subject. For further advice about choosing and using databases, please contact your College Librarian
  • For most databases, you will need to enter your GUID
  • When you find an article you want to read in your chosen database, you will often be able to open the full text directly from the database
  • Where this is not the case, you will see a button showing 'Full text' (with the University crest); this works as described for Article Search above

If there is no direct link to full text take a note of the journal title and return to Search on the Library homepage to check if we subscribe to the journal.


further information

I've found a link which says 'Single journals Username/password'

A small number of journals require an individual username and password rather than your GUID.

Usernames and passwords are specific to the journal, and you can get them by contacting Library Services, library@glasgow.ac.uk or 0141 330 6704.


I've found a link which says 'Citation online' but no link to full text

For some articles, there may be a link saying ‘Citation online’.

This usually means that there is information about an article but no direct link to the full text. It does not necessarily mean that you don’t have access to the full text. In many cases, the link will be to information about the article in a database about publications by members of staff at the University of Glasgow called Enlighten. Click on 'Citation online' and then on the link starting with doi:


I am being asked to pay for the full text of an article

Don't pay for articles!

Make sure that the Library has access to the journal for the dates you need, search for the overall title of the journal using the search on the Library homepage.

If you are off campus make sure you have logged in with your GUID. More information: Are you off campus? Trying to access e-resources?


The library doesn't have the electronic journal

The Library may have the journal in print form.

  • Search for the overall journal title on the Library homepage
  • You can limit to print journals on the left hand side of the screen under 'Format'
  • Choose the title of the journal
  • Choose 'Show Library Holdings' to see what years the library has
  • Check the location to see where you need to go to get the journal. Some print journals are located at the Library Research Annexe, which is off campus. The Library offers a daily fetching service for titles held here. To arrange to have a journal volume brought to the Main Library for you from the Library Research Annexe click on the grey ‘Request It’ button (either on your page of results or on the individual listing page for the journal).  Alternatively, use the request form


The library has the journal in print form, but the volume I want isn’t listed

Not all volumes of all print journals are individually listed in QuickSearch, but this doesn’t mean that the Library doesn't have them. Look at the information listed under ‘Library has’ – this should say if there are any volumes missing or not held.


The library doesn't have the journal at all

If you have checked and the Library definitely doesn't have the article you need in either print or electronic form you can get a copy either via the Article Reach Service, or via inter-library loan. Log into your Library Account to access these services. 


Need more help?

For any further help getting full text journal articles, contact Library Services staff (in person on level 2, library@glasgow.ac.uk or by phone 0141 330 6704) or your College Librarian.