Check for Full Text@JMU FAQ's

What is Check for Full Text@JMU?

Check for Full Text@JMU is a system which attempts to provide a connection from citations/abstracts of journal articles and publications in research databases to the full text of the article or publication in an electronic resource for which JMU Libraries has a subscription.

If the electronic full text is not available or if Check for Full Text@JMU is unable to find a match using the citation information, the Check for Full Text@JMU menu will note that full text does not appear to be available and provide additional options for finding the resource.

Why don't I see the button or link?

There are several possible reasons for this:

  • You may need to click on the article title to view the full record that includes the link; or
  • You have JavaScript turned off in your browser; or
  • You are using a database that isn't "Open-URL enabled" and so doesn't work with Check for Full Text@JMU; or
  • The citation may not contain all of the components necessary to enable Check for Full Text@JMU to attempt a link.  Dissertations, for example, don't have the ISSN/ISBN numbers required to enable linking to full text.

I clicked on the button, but the menu doesn't appear, what's wrong?

You may be using a "pop-up" blocker program on your computer such as the Google Toolbar's pop-up blocker, Pop-Up Killer, Pop-Up Starter, or Free Surfer, or have 'unrequested pop-ups' disabled in your browser.  You'll need to disable the blocker or enable pop-ups in your browser to use Check for Full Text@JMU.

How do I use the Check for Full Text@JMU menu?

When you click on the Check for Full Text@JMU link, the menu display will come up in a pop-up window similar  to the image below.

The Title of the article and the Source (journal title, issn, volume, issue, and date) of the article will display first.

Next, the Content is available... section will list any online subscriptions that JMU Libraries' might own for the resource. Often, this link will take you directly to the full text, but sometimes, the system will only be able to link as deep as an article abstract, issue table of contents, issue list, or journal homepage from which you can follow the links to retrieve your article.  Occasionally, a resource will only allow the system to link to a search page where you'll need to search the article title in order to retrieve full text.

If Check for Full Text@JMU is unable to provide a full text link, click on the links under More full-text options for the system to search the Periodical Locator or JMU Library Catalog for print holdings or perhaps an electronic version that isn't available in Check for Full Text@JMU.

Once you've checked both the Content is available and More full-text options options to ensure that the Libraries do not own the resource in question, you may use the InterLibrary Loan Request link to request delivery of the resource through ILL.  Please note that this link will only appear if the research database citation provides enough information to attempt the completion of an ILL Request form.  If the link does not appear, you may still request the item by going to the InterLibrary Loan page and manually completing a form.

Finally, Check for Full Text@JMU will attempt to search the World Wide Web for information which may be related to the article or author cited when you choose one of the links for Google Scholar.

Why didn't I find the full text of the article, even though an option to see the full text appeared in Check for Full Text@JMU?

Several things can interfere with the Check for Full Text@JMU linking capability:

  • If the article is a review or letter that is not separately listed in the full text database, it may be there, but not linkable. Try browsing to that journal issue, either through Check for Full Text@JMU or Periodical Locator; or   
  • If there are punctuation marks or special characters such as (&) in the title of the article, try searching without the words in punctuation marks, or searching by the name of the author; or
  • Subtitles can be a problem: try searching with the subtitle removed and/or with only the subtitle; or
  • Sometimes the research database transfers incorrect information to the system. If one doesn't work, try another full-text option (if there is more then one available), or use the Search JMU Libraries option in the Check for Full Text@JMU menu to see if the journal available in the Libraries.
Why didn't I go directly to the journal article when I clicked on the full-text option provided in Check for Full Text@JMU?

Check for Full Text@JMU will try to get you as close to the full text as it can but sometimes you may have to go through a few screens or do a search to find the exact article because some resources can't or won't allow LFP to go directly to the full text.

Why do I get a "bad URL," "Error 404," or some other "not found" message?

If you are looking for a recent article, it is likely that the article has not been loaded onto the website yet. Another possibility is that the publisher removed the article or the journal title from the site without notifying us. Please notify us of any problems that you find. Include the name of the research database you were searching in, the journal and article you were trying to locate, and which full text version you were attempting to retrieve if multiple versions were available.

I clicked on the button and it worked once, but the next time I tried it, nothing happened. Why?

The Check for Full Text@JMU menu for each article appears in the same browser window unless you close out the Check for Full Text@JMU window each time. If you switch windows to go back to the database, the Check for Full Text@JMU window will stay open in the background and be populated with your next selection. Choose the browser window with the Check for Full Text@JMU menu from the tabs at the bottom of your screen to view it.