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OCN 320 Aquatic Pollution: Scientific Literature & Databases

course guide, aquatic pollution, marine pollution

How to find full text.

Never pay for articles or settle for partial full-text. The Library can get access to nearly everything, either through our library subscriptions or through InterLibrary loan. 

OPTION ONE: Try searching for the journal title via the library's E-journal Search.

E-journal Search - copy the journal title into the search box. If UHM has the e-journal, you will see links to access it. Then using additional citation information such as article title, author, date, etc., you will be able to narrow in on the article. 



OPTION TWO: If you know the article title, try searching via OneSearch Manoa.

OneSearch Manoa - copy the article title into the OneSearch Manoa search box to retrieve the article record. You can also use OneSearch Manoa by searching for author's name and selecting article as the material type:


OPTION THREE: If you find an article in a database that does not have full text, look for the FIND IT button. You will be taken directly to the article if it is discoverable in our collection of e-journals, or to the Voyager record telling you where to get a print copy in the library, or to request the article through ILL services.

Here is an example from Web of Science that has the FIND IT button highlighted.


OPTION FOUR: If UHM does not subscribe to the journal you can request it via InterLibrary Loan (ILL). The library's ILL office processes requests daily. ILL will borrow an electronic copy of the article from a partner institution and email it to you within three to five business days.  

A sample of subject databases to try.

Interdisciplinary databases are great for finding info on a wide variety of subjects. Here is a sample to try.

Understand the components of scholarly scientific literature and learn how to read a scientific article.

View this example of a the Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from the NCSU Libraries:

Here is an excellent explanation of how to read a scientific paper from ASU School of Life Sciences.