Answered By: Marc Forster
Last Updated: 15 Dec 2017     Views: 153

Databases are bibliographic services, and do not usually contain the full text of articles. Once you’ve identified journal articles/papers you wish to read from your database results, you need to obtain the articles themselves.

The 360 Full Text Link Resolver

Next to each search result in the databases, you should see a button that says 360 Link to Full Text:  

When you click on this link, this link resolver tool will take the details of the articles and look into UWL’s electronic subscriptions to see if we have access to the article.  If so, it will open the item in full text in a new window and you can start reading.

If the full-text is not available, the 360 window will tell you. However, due to publisher restrictions, the tool cannot always tell if we actually have access to the article, and may tell you we do not have access to it when in fact we do.  You can check this by going to the e-Journals Search.

The E-Journals Search

On the Library website’s homepage (, you will find three search tabs – Summon, Catalogue, and e-Journals.  Select e-Journals, and search for the title of the journal your article is in – not the title of the article itself.  Click the magnifying glass to search for e-journals.

If we have a subscription to the journal, the record for the title will tell you what holdings we have access to and from which provider(s). For example, the record below shows that UWL has access to The Lancet from 1991-2006 via our subscription with Academic Search Elite, or from 1997-present via Science Direct Journals.


If the article you want falls within those holdings, click on the relevant provider to access the journal and browse/search for your article. Each provider will structure their content differently – look for the option to search within the journal, or for the archive/back issues to browse.

Logging in

In order to make sure that only those who are eligible can access the resource, you will need to authenticate yourself with a user name and password. You can do this both from within UWL and remotely.  When you click on a link to a database, journal or article, you may see one of the following log-in screens.  In both cases, your username is your student ID, and your password is the same as the one you use to access the Student Portal/Blackboard.

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A small number of resources may require additional log-in details. There is a list of these, with the usernames and passwords required, on the Library’s Blackboard page – click on the UWL Library link in Blackboard, and scroll down for the list of log-in details.

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