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If full text is available there should be a green Full Text icon or a red Open Access Open Access icon next to the article record. 

Many articles in ScienceDirect have a link to a PDF attached. The PDF does not necessarily mean that the article is accessible to read.

For this example, the third article is not available through ScienceDirect; however, we can check to see if the library subscribes to the journal. 

ScienceDirect Results


We will search for the journal Journal of Physiotherapy in the Healey Library’s electronic journals.

  1. Go to the library’s homepage and click on E-Resources on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select Ejournals.
  3. Search the journal title to see if Healey Library has an online copy of the publication.


In this instance, the library subscribes to Journal of Physiotherapy through SPORTDiscus from 2010 to 2011. The library does not subscribe to the journal after 2011, so you can request the article through InterLibrary Loan.

For older articles you can search UMBrella for the journal title to see if it is available in print or microfilm. Check the date of the journal under the holdings information. Use the call number and location to find the journal.