Generally, there are three ways to find articles:
To search for articles with a specific title or some keywords from the Library, you can:
1. Select Articles tab.
2. Choose the field you would like to search for (e.g. Keywords & Title)
3. Type in the related information and conduct a search.
4. Filter the results by Type, Date or Subject...etc. (If appropriate)
5. Click on Full text available and then select one source to get the full text.
To get the full text of the articles found in Google Scholar, it is recommended to access via Google Scholar@PolyU. For articles within PolyU library subscriptions, the full text can be accessed by clicking PolyU eLinks on Google Scholar.
1. Choose Articles tab from Library homepage.
2. Click on Google Scholar@PolyU. (Login with your NetID and Password for off campus access)
3. Search for your desired topic/ title and click on PolyU eLinks to get the full text for those within Library's subscriptions.
Search in a database
Searching within a database helps you narrow your search as the coverage of the database can be very selective. Some databases focus on one specific area, which can help you filter out the contents that are not relevant to the subject; some may cover peer-reviewed journals only, to ensure the articles covered are of certain quality. Almost all databases will provide an Advanced Search option, which allows you to search in a more precise way, e.g. search within article title, journal title, or subject terms (that are tagged to each article). This helps you find the most relevant results quickly and effectively.
Note that login with NetID is required to access the following databases off campus.
Search in a citation database (Find more related papers)
Web of Science and Scopus are two large multidisciplinary citation databases. They do not provide full-text articles, but they are very helpful for exploring related articles by looking at citing articles (who cited the article) and references (who have been cited by the article). If you do not have an idea which databases or journals should go for, start with these two.
To get the full text for those articles that are not available in PolyU Library, eligible patrons can submit an Interibrary Loan request.
1. An article shows No full-text on OneSearch.
2. Sign-in with your NetID and Password.
3. Click on Inter-library loan to make a request.
4. Click Logon to ILLiad button.
5. The details of your desired article has been filled out automatically.
6. Click Submit Request button to complete.
Follow the steps below to install the bookmarklet to your browser.
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EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) is a free browser plug-in which helps you to get full-text PDF faster by securely connecting you to the Library’s journal subscriptions and open access content. Follow the steps below to install the plug-in in your browser.
LibKey is a free browser plug-in which provides instant links to full-text content for articles subscribed to by the Library - or open access alternatives - as you do research on the web and come across literature. The service covers thousands of scholarly publisher websites, Wikipedia and major databases such as PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science.
Unpaywall is a free browser plug-in which helps you to skip the paywall on millions of journal articles and get permissible full-text PDF. Follow the steps below to install the plug-in in your browser.