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Penn Text Article Finder

What is the Penn Text Article Finder?

The Penn Text Article Finder is a tool to help you quickly find an article when you already have a citation. The Article Finder presents you with three options for obtaining the article: a link to electronic full-text available at Penn; a link to Franklin, Penn's online catalog; and a link to an Interlibrary Loan request form. It does not automatically take you to the full text of the article online.

How to use the Penn Text Article Finder

To use this tool you need the following information about the article from the citation:

  • Full Journal Title (no abbreviations)
  • Year
  • Volume No.
  • Issue No.
  • First Page No.
Once this information is input in the respective boxes, click Go, and you will be taken to the Penn Text page.

It is important that you spell the journal title correctly. If the title is not spelled right you might be incorrectly told that Penn does not have access to the journal

If the article is available electronically in full text you will be provided with a link to access the article (at times this link will take you directly to the article. Other times you will be taken directly to the electronic edition of the journal and you will have to search for the article within the journal.) If there is no link to the electronic full text, this means that Penn probably does not have electronic access. However, it is always advisable to double-check with a FindIt search for the e-journal, since not all publishers work well with the PennText service.

Penn Text sometimes has difficulty with very common single word titled journals. For example if you search for the journal Science instead of finding the journal you are looking for you might come up with many results with the word "science" in the title. In this case it is better to search for Science Magazine.

Pay attention to the years the journal is available electronically. Older issues of the journal may only be available in print

If the article is not available electronically, you should then check Franklin to see if it is available in print.

If the article is not available electronically or in print you can request the article from another library through Interlibrary Loan.