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What will a database give me?

Each database will give you a list of articles that match your search terms. The list may include full text, abstracts, and citations; however, not every database will include each of these in every record.

Full Text

~Sometimes the database will link to the complete text of the article. If it doesn't, don't give up! There are other ways to find the full text.

Abstract

~An abstract summarizes the article's content. Read this first. It will quickly show whether the article is useful.

Citation

~The citation will provide the information that you need to find the article when it's not full text.