Q. How do I get to an article?


These are the steps to get from your initial search results in MCPHS Smart Search to articles that might do what you need:

1) Double-Check Your Access
When you're looking at the search results page, if you see a yellow bar at the top that says "Welcome Guest. MCPHS member? Log in for full-access" then click & log in with your MCPHS username and password.

2) Refine Your Results 
The great thing about Smart Search is you get all sorts of information from a variety of sources! But if you already know a bit about the topic and just need academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed article(s), then tell Smart Search to just show you those by clicking on Scholarly (Peer Reviewed).

3) Get the Article 
Since we have articles from a wide variety of journals, databases and publishers (which are all set up slight differently), sometimes there are different looking links and sometimes it takes a couple extra clicks for you to get there. You'll probably see one or all of these:

Linked Full Text
PDF Full Text
Get it from [publisher]
Get Full Text (MCPHS)

Whatever the link calls itself, it's always listed at the bottom of each result in the Search Results, and on the top left side of the Article Page

And in either case, start by clicking on the first link option.

When you click on Get Full Text (MCPHS) you'll find yourself on a widget page that works to connect you to the full article. You'll see these options:

#1 Get It Online
When there's a link under Get It Online click on it. (If there are multiple, click on the first one.)

#2 Search for More...
If there are no links there, use the link under Search for More... to see if it's available for free through Google Scholar.

#3 Not available at MCPHS? - Request it
If that does work, use the link under Not available at MCPHS - Request It to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. We'll work to get you an electronic copy in a few business days.

4) It's Not Working 

  • If you're trying to get to an ebook in the MCPHS catalog, make sure you click on Full text (MCPHS users only) link on the search results page.
  • If you get to the widget page and something acts strange, click the Get Help - Report a Problem link so that we can work on fixing it!
  • Try using the Journal Search (from the Library homepage) to search for a known item - when you already have the citation and need to full article.
  • Then, contact the Reference Desk for assistance with getting to the article.
  • Last Updated Nov 16, 2017
  • Views 12
  • Answered By Shanti Freundlich

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