When the cited article is not available as a full-text document in the database you are searching, Article Linker will search for a full-text version in all the other USM Libraries databases. If it is available, Article Linker will link directly to the article. If it is not available, it will list our print holdings or offer you Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) as an option.
For an online demonstration, review the Linker Tutorial podcast.
We recommend that you start your research with library databases for several reasons:
1) They are consistent in describing publications; you don't have to worry about finding a citation that's missing a volume or page number.
2) They are clear about what they do - you know the time period covered, the journal titles included, etc.
3) They usually have clear links - via the Article Linker button - to the online full text that USM Libraries has purchased.
4) Contrary to what a lot of people think, there is a lot of information that isn't on the open web. And some of that information IS in our subscription databases.