Find Full Text

There are a number of possibilities ways to find the full text of articles, book chapters, book reviews, and other documents through the APA PsycNET platform. To limit your search results to full-text only, use the Full-Text features in the the Only Show Content Where area.

On results pages, if you are accessing the APA PsycNET platform through an institution that can provide full-text content not owned or published by APA, you will see a button or link for “full text” in the right-hand column of your results list. Your library may also be able to obtain content through interlibrary loan. If you have any questions, consult your institution’s librarian.

The results page contains a series of tabs that divide the results by database. By default, your first view of the results page is on the All tab, which shows results from all the database you selected for your search. You can then click any tab to see the results from within an individual database.

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In the PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, PsycTESTS, and PsycCRITIQUES results, you will see options to read the full text of the items. PsycARTICLES provides HTML and PDF versions; PsycBOOKS and PsycEXTRA provide PDFs only; PsycCRITIQUES provides HTML pages only; PsycTESTS provides mostly PDFS, but there are tests in other media, too (for more detail, see the PsycTESTS help menu).

This example results page shows a few of the full-text records available in PsycARTICLES: 

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If your institution subscribes to the databases or if you have an individual subscription, these links will take you directly to the full text. If not, clicking these links will allow you to purchase an article in PsycARTICLES or a chapter in PsycBOOKS.

The full-text HTML view allows a researcher greater flexibility than does the PDF.  You may jump to individual sections; download tables and figures as PowerPoint slides; create alerts for comments, replies, citations, or corrections; share the citation via Facebook and other social media sites; and more.

TutorialEnhanced HTML in PsycARTICLES (YouTube video; closed captioned)