Why do library databases contain references to some articles that are not available full text?
Some library databases contain only full text content. Others contain only indexed context (basic information about the article or book). Most contain both full-text and indexed content.
Indexed content is valuable because it tells you what is available on your topic. You can then see if the full text is available in another database or in print or microfilm in the library.
The easiest way of finding full text is to search the library catalog for the journal or book title. (NOTE: Don't search for an article title in the catalog. Search by the title of the journal that contains the article.) You will find a complete list of the library's access to the title you're searching for, including links to online journals and books and call numbers for journals and books available in print in the library.