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NURS 3375 - Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice: Get Articles

Library resources for undergraduate research

4 Ways to Read Full Text Articles

Once you have completed your search and want to read the article, there are 4 ways to get access:

Type Description Image
Use the HSCLink Every citation has the HSCLink embedded in it. This is your first option. Always check the HSCLink first. An image showing the HSCLink button
Use the eJournal Locator If the HSCLink doesn't work, navigate to the library's homepage and check for the journal by title. An image showing the ejournal locator
Find a free copy Use Google Scholar to look for a freely available copy. Be sure to check the version. An image showing search results in Google Scholar with links to freely available pdf versions of the full text
Use ILL If the full text article is not available by any of the methods above, you can ask the library to get a copy for you using the interlibrary loan (ILL) service. This is free for students! An image showing the interlibrary loan button for requesting articles not in the library's collection


Use the links to find full text

PubMed does not attach full text to its citations. You will need to use the publisher's link or the HSCLink.

  • Publisher's link - use when you are on campus and connected to HSCWave
  • HSCLink - Use when you are off campus so you can access ILL if necessary

Use the "open" or "free" links any time.

HSCLink doesn't bring up the article

options if hsc link doesn't return the article

Interlibrary Loan

If you cannot access an article (or other resource), do not pay for it. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

In most cases, the library will order a copy for you.