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.

Screenshot of Advanced Search screen on PsycNET showing APA Full Text, Open Access, and Test Available checkbox fields circled

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.

Screenshot of PsycNET showing arrow pointing to Full Text from Publisher link, with Open Access icon link circled, and arrow pointing to DOI link

In the PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycEXTRA, and PsycTESTS 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; 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.

Screenshot showing PsycNET search results with PDF buttons

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.

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