Full text

full text

The complete electronic text of an article is called the full text. Some databases, like Academic Search Complete, provide entire articles for many, but not all records indexed in the database. Others like Literature Resource Center provide entire articles for all records in the database.

Many databases offer two types of full text: PDF and HTML.

HTML is just plain text without illustrations.

PDF is a scanned image of the article and includes all illustrations.

What do you do if the database you are searching does not have the entire article you need? We'll answer that question in this section as well.