How can I find the full text of an article?
There are several ways to get the full text of articles you need for your research.
- COM Library Databases
Try databases first. Most but not all articles in COM Library's databases are available in full text. In the library you can print out full text articles for five cents a page or email or save the articles.
- COM Library Print Journals
Print journals are available near the front entrance of the library.
If the library does not have the journal you need, you can use a TexShare card at another library, or request the article through Interlibrary loan (ILL). See the Find & Get Items From Other Libraries LibGuide (link below) for more information.
COM students, faculty and staff are eligible for the TexShare card which entitles the user to certain borrower privileges at other Texas academic and public libraries. To see if a library participates in the program, and to read their lending policy, please view the list at the libraries and catalogs link.This is generally much quicker than ILL.
COM Library offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to the students, faculty and staff of College of the Mainland. ILL basically involves COM Library requesting materials from other libraries. Keep in mind that ILLs can take 2-6 weeks. It can take longer depending on availability and other factors, and there is no guarantee that you will get the item requested. Requesting ILLs during summer sessions is generally not practical. There is no cost to the patron. If the only way to obtain an item is for a fee, COM Library will contact you to inform you of the cost, and ask how you wish to proceed.