Answered By: Susan Bonsteel
Last Updated: Jul 25, 2018     Views: 17

None of our databases or journals have separate passwords or access codes to get in. Your SU username and password should be all you need, but here are some various scenarios you might run into.

If you are off campus or not connected directly to the SU network, a screen will come up asking you to log in with your SU username and password to access our databases. Once you have logged in, you should be able to access any article that is available in full text.

If you find an article in one of our databases that does not have a link to full text (generally a PDF), there may be several approaches.

If you see a Full Text Finder or Open Article in [name of other database], or Search for Full Text option, you can try that. Sometimes an article will be indexed in one database, but the full text will be in a different database.

If you still aren't having any luck, go to the Journal Finder and search for the title of the journal. This will show you if we have full text access to the journal and will give you links to the database that has full text. Be careful to watch the dates that are covered; sometimes an article is either too old or too new to include full text.

If you can't find the article, you can choose a link in the database entry to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. For help, go to  Interlibrary Loan - FAQ

If you have found an article that you think should be available but you can't locate the full text, use AskUs (the service you are in now) to see if we can find access for you. Sometimes we can track something down, but normally if you have used all the options above, there is a good chance the article is not available full text through our library.