Curtis Laws Wilson Library
400 W. 14th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0060

8 AM - Midnight
7 Days a Week
Closed Campus Holidays

Main office: 573-341-4227
Circulation: 573-341-4008
Interlibrary Loan: 573-341-4006
Reference: 573-341-4007
Fax: 573-341-4233

Finding full text through Wilson Library databases

When searching our databases for articles, you will sometimes find that the full text of an article is attached to the citation. If this is the case, you only have to click the provided link to access the full text of the article. 

Often, you will find that no full text is linked to an interesting citation. Because of the library's large number of e-journal and database subscriptions, though, the full text of a desired article might be available to you elsewhere. To help connect you to the information you need, the library has integrated the Get It @MST button into most of its databases. 

Using this button, you can find available electronic full text, search the catalog for a print version of the article, or place an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available at Wilson Library. When you click this button, a new window or tab will open and provide you with available options. If the article is available electronically, you will be given links to the article and to the journal in which the article was published:



Because there are so many journals in existence, we are not able to provide electronic access to every article you might find useful. If there is no full text available, when you click on the Get It! button you will see the following:

However, you are given options that will allow you to search for this article in the library's print collection or, if necessary, place an interlibrary loan request. You should always try searching the catalog for a print copy first.

You'll see that there are two options under "MERLIN Library Catalog". The ISSN is a unique number assigned to every journal. While library catalogs can vary in the way they represent the title of a journal, they all use the same ISSN for that journal. Because of this, it is safest to do an ISSN search first. Because errors do occur in catalogs, though, it's a good idea to try the title search if the ISSN search fails to provide results.

If your search is a success, you will see the library's catalog record for the journal. This only tells you that we have subscribed to this journal at some point in time. It does not guarantee that we have the particular issue you need. To make sure, look at the database citation for your article and find the year you need. Then look at the holdings information in the catalog record and see what years are available.



Sometimes, you will find that Wilson Library is unable to provide either electronic or print access to an article. After clicking the Get It! button, you may find that there is no electronic full text available, and both the ISSN and Title searches will fail to return results. However, you may still be able to get a copy of this article through interlibrary loan. The Get It! button makes this easy to do.

When you click the "Place request" link, you will be taken to the login page for ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service.

The interlibrary loan service is not part of the university-wide computer system, so the first time you use it you will have to set up an account. To do this, click the "First Time Users" link. There is usually no charge for interlibrary loan services, and in the rare instances where a fee might be required you will be contacted for approval first.

After you log in, you will find that the Get It! button has filled out the request form for you. Make sure to double-check the information, though, as there are sometimes errors in the form.

You only have to scroll to the bottom of the screen and submit. Our interlibrary loan department will begin contacting other libraries to request a copy of the article. These usually arrive as PDFs; when we get the article, we will let you know by email. You can then log into your account and view the article under "Electronically Received Articles".