Finding full-text articles
At several places in the class I ask you to critique the field methods
used by published studies in vegetation science. Finding these articles
is a challenge if you aren't familiar with the literature in vegetation
science, and an extra challenge if you are located off campus. These
instructions should help you find the full text of articles that interest
you, sometimes right from your local computer.
As an OSU student, you have free electronic access to databases of
articles and sometimes the full text of the articles themselves.
There are many resources that can help you find and get the articles
- Look at the very useful general information in the Valley Library's
Research Guide, Botany
Research Guide, and Agriculture
Research Guide. (As you might imagine, these guides share similarities.)
- The next step is finding articles. One approach is to use keywords
to search comprehensive, online databases for the articles you want.
For help with the databases, go to the Research Guides and look
under "Finding Articles in Journals." My favorite comprehensive
databases are AGRICOLA and Biological Abstracts.
- Another approach is to browse through the journals. Valley Library
has a huge list of E-Journals.
If you are not sure which journals to look through, check out Resources
- A combination approach is JSTOR,
an easy to use database of online articles. The only drawback is
that JSTOR cannot make articles available for several years (usually
3-5 years), but for earlier articles it is hard to beat. You can
either search for a topic or browse through journals. See the special
instructions below for using JSTOR.
- Finally, make use of your Subject Librarian! The library has a
research expert for every discipline. Click
here for a complete list.
To access the OSU Library resources from off campus, you
will need to identify yourself, and maybe change your browser settings.
The Library provides technical
information about general access.
- Browse to the JSTOR
Web page at OSU
- Select Search
- Enter your search terms
- Check the journal boxes for Botany and Ecology
- Limit your search to Articles and Full Text Only
- Submit your search
- If all goes well, you should see a list of articles fitting your
- Under the listing for each article you'll find options for viewing,
printing, and downloading the full text of the article