Leeds University Library

Find full text of an article

If you know which journal you want, you can find out whether the Library can offer you access to it by searching the Library Catalogue. You must search the Catalogue using the full title of the journal - for example if you want to read a recent article from the Journal of Clinical Oncology you must use that full title. Abbreviations are not usually recognised.

You will only be able to read the full text of an article if the Library subscribes to the journal in which the article was published.

If the Library does not have access to the material you need, you can order it through document supply or use another library.

Following up a reference (eg from a reading list or database search)

Enter the full title of the journal (not the article), for example Journal of Sociology.

  • Use the Title search option and change the other drop-down box from Full Catalogue to Journals/Periodicals
  • The Catalogue will tell you if we have the journal, whether it is held electronically or in print, and the years available
  • If it is available electronically, use the link under "click to view" to enter the journal website and navigate to the article using the details in the reference you have (year, volume, issue and page numbers)
  • If it is available in print, the location and shelf mark information will tell you where to find the journal in the Library.

Following up a reference (tutorial)

Journal abbreviations

If you are following up a reference that uses an abbreviated journal title, you can use ISI Journal Abbreviations, Genamics JournalSeek or the list of journals included in health databases (PDF) to find the full title. 

For law journals, the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is one of the best online sources.