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Find It!/Article Finder Frequently Asked Questions

What is Find It?

Find It is a tool that allows you to link seamlessly between the library's electronic resources.

Find It can appear as any of the following, depending on the database or e-journal site:

  • Text link reading Find It @ AU Library
  • Find It Icon
  • Find It Icon
  • Find It Icon

Find It provides direct links from article citations found in select databases to the full-text article, or if online full-text is not available, to the WRLC catalog (for print copies available through AU Library or the Washington Research Library Consortium, WRLC) or Interlibrary Loan services (for requesting a loan from another library).

Please note that Find It will not appear in all of our databases, because some databases do not support Find It.

Where will I find Find It?

Databases enabled with Find It include, but are not limited to:

  • ABI/INFORM (ProQuest)
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
  • Accounting and Tax w/Standards (ProQuest)
  • Alternative Press Index (FirstSearch)
  • America: History and Life (EBSCO)
  • Anthropology Plus (FirstSearch)
  • Applied Science and Technology (EBSCO)
  • Art Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ProQuest)
  • ArticleFirst (FirstSearch)
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Asian Business (ProQuest)
  • ATLA Religion Database (OvidSP)
  • Banking Information Source (ProQuest)
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (FirstSearch)
  • Biological Abstracts (OvidSP)
  • Biological and Agricultural Index (EBSCO)
  • BioOne Abstracts and Indexes
  • BookReview (ProQuest)
  • British Humanities Index (ProQuest)
  • Business and Company Resource Center (Gale)
  • Career and Technical Education (ProQuest)
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
  • Communication Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Computing (ProQuest)
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Current Chemical Reactions (Web of Science)
  • EconLit (ProQuest)
  • Education Journals (ProQuest)
  • Education Source (EBSCO)Environmental Science and Pollution Management (ProQuest)
  • ERIC (ProQuest and OvidSP)
  • Essay & General Literature Index (EBSCO)
  • FIAF International Film Archive Database
  • Film and Television Literature Index (EBSCO)
  • GenderWatch (ProQuest)
  • GEOBASE (FirstSearch)
  • GreenFILE (EBSCO)
  • Grove Art Online (Oxford Art Online)
  • Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online)
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Human Resources Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest)
  • Index Chemicus (IC – Web of Science)
  • Index Islamicus (ProQuest)
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals (EBSCO)
  • Index to Legal Periodicals (EBSCO)
  • International Political Science Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Left Index (BiblioLine)
  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Military & Government Collection (EBSCO)
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals (ProQuest)
  • MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
  • Music Index Online (EBSCO)
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • PAIS International (ProQuest)
  • PapersFirst (Worldwide Conference Papers) (FirstSearch)
  • Peace Research Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
  • Pharmaceutical News Index (ProQuest)
  • Philosopher's Index (OvidSP)
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress (ProQuest)
  • Proceedings (Worldwide Conference Proceedings) (FirstSearch)
  • ProQuest Central
  • PsycINFO (OvidSP)
  • Public Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Readers Guide Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Religion (ProQuest)
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (FirstSearch)
  • Rural Development Abstracts (CABI)
  • Science Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Science Journals (ProQuest)
  • Short Story Index (EBSCO)
  • Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
  • Telecommunications (ProQuest)
  • TOXLINE (ProQuest)
  • World Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology Abstracts (CABI)
  • WorldCat
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)

What happens when I click on the Find It button?

A menu of options and services related to the article will come up.

Click here for example of when full-text is available. You will see:

  • A link to the online full-text of the article from another database or e-journal platform.
  • When more than one online full-text source exists, a link to Show More Results.
  • When AU Library has the article in print, a link to the catalog record for the publication.
  • A link to find the article at another library.
  • A link to Ask a Librarian services, where you can contact a librarian.
  • A link to report a technical problem.

Click here for example of when full-text is not available. You will see:

  • A link to search for a print or microform copy from another library in the consortium
  • A link to find the article at another library (outside the consortium).
  • A link to Ask a Librarian services, where you can contact a librarian.
  • A link to report a technical problem.

 Why didn't I get a link to online full-text?

  • We don't have an online subscription to that journal.
  • The most recent articles may not yet be published online.

When this happens, you will see services for searching the WRLC catalog and ILL (Interlibrary Loan).

Why is there more than one full-text option for some journals?

We may have some overlap between electronic journal subscriptions and database content, so sometimes you will find online full-text available from multiple sources. (Click here for an example).

What do the availability statements mean?

Availability Statement

Dates covered: 1997-present

Dates covered: 1997 – 1 year ago

Dates covered: 06/01/1949 - 01/31/1992


We have online full-text from 1997 to current

We have online full-text from 1997 until the date one year prior to today

We have online full-text from June 1, 1949 to January 31, 1992

I clicked on a full-text online option in the Find It menu but it didn't take me directly to the journal article. Why?

Find It will try to link you as close as possible to the full-text article, but sometimes it is only able to link you to the journal’s homepage. In this case, you will need to navigate the website yourself to find the full-text. If you need assistance, please Ask a Librarian.

What is the technology behind Find It?

Find It uses the OpenURL standard which creates dynamic links based on the requested object’s metadata. Click here for more information.  

Where can I get additional help?

You may Ask a Librarian, or, if you encounter a technical error, please let us know by using the Technical Problem Report form.

What is Article Finder?

Article Finder is a tool to use when you have a specific citation for an article, journal, book, dissertation, or patent. Enter your citation information into Article Finder and it will search for the article in AU Library's full text resources. Article Finder will create a menu of options and if it finds full text a link to the article will appear. If it does not find full text it will provide options for other Library services -- like the WRLC Catalog, Interlibrary Loan, or the Consortium Loan Service -- so that you may get the article you need.

How do I use it?

Citation Example: Rainville, Gerard. "Juveniles Transferred to Criminal Courts." Criminal Justice Policy Review 19:3 (2008): 301-313.

Article Finder will work best if you enter the following information:

  • Full title of the journal or ISSN (a unique identifier). Do not use a journal abbreviation.
  • Date
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • First page of the article

Using the above citation example, you would enter the following information into the Article Finder form:

  • Journal- Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Date - 2008
  • Volume - 19
  • Issue - 3
  • Page - 301

Where can I get additional help?

You may Ask a Librarian, or, if you encounter a technical error, please let us know by using the Technical Problem Report form.