If you are searching the APA PsycNET platform for the full text of articles, book chapters, book reviews, and other documents, there are several checkbox limits that can help you.

The “APA Full Text” limit narrows a search to just records that include either a PDF or a full-text HTML document.

The “Test Available” limit narrows a PsycTESTS search to just records that include a PDF version of the test.

The “Open Access” limit is for the databases that include journal articles, PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES, and it narrows the search to just records that are designated as Open Access. Most PsycINFO records describe research from other publishers, not APA, and so the full-text is not included in the record. However, if the record has the “Open Access” icon, then you can follow a link to the other publisher’s site or click the doi to view the full-text.

 

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.

This example results page shows a few of the full-text records available in PsycARTICLES. Links to the PDF and the Full-Text HTML appear at the bottom of the record’s citation.

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.