Editor’s note: The Library faculty is in the process of analyzing the results of the 2012 LibQUAL+® Library Survey. In the coming weeks, we will use this space to address some of the concerns raised by the survey takers.
In the LibQual survey, several students commented that when using the Library databases, they are sometimes asked to purchase articles:
- “A lot of the electronic resources for Psychology and Counseling provide only abstracts or summaries of journal articles and cannot be accessed in full without extra payment.”
- “I read the abstract through Google scholar and then pay a fee for the article if I need it.”
The Library recommends that students and faculty never purchase articles or dissertations from database vendors. The reason is that there is almost always a quick way of obtaining the article without paying for it.
Whenever you get a citation or abstract without the full-text, the first step should be to check the Full-Text Journal Finder to find out whether the journal in question is available in full-text from a different database. See the Library’s tutorial on using this tool.
If none of the Library’s databases has the article you need, you can request it though our InterLibrary Loan service. This automated, easy-to-use service is also very fast. Most journal articles are delivered to the requester in 2-3 days.
The librarians strive to use our resources budget to provide the most online content possible, with InterLibrary Loan providing expeditious access to what we don’t have. If you are ever in doubt about the quickest way to get full-text access to an article, contact us.