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If you have a full citation for the article, one option is to simply search for the article using the library's catalog, Vufind.

Once you've found the print copy you need in the Library's collection, you'll need to go to the subject library where the item is located.

Make sure to bring your i-card to check out the item and make a copy/scan of the article you need. 

Before research was distributed online, the library purchased print journals. Although the library rarely buys current print journals, if you are looking for material that dates pre-2000, the library may only own what you need in print. 

Use the "Journals" tab from the Library Gateway

  1. If you have a full citation for the article, one option is to simply search for the article using the library's catalog, Vufind. You can go directly to Vufind and type in the title of the journal (not the article) or you can use Easy Search, a tool that searches Vufind, which is found on the Main Library's homepage.

  2. If you choose to use Easy Search, it is simplest to switch to the "Journals" tab at the top of the page and then type in the title of the journal you are looking for.

    Easy Search journals tab, with "Agriculture" in the search bar

  3. You will be taken to a Discover results screen. Choose one of the "UIUC Online Catalog" links. If you are positive you have the journal title correct, choose the "Start of Title Matches." If you are less sure, choose the "Keyword Search Matches" to view records that have your search term anywhere in the record.

    discover results

These links will take you to a list of catalog titles containing your word. Search through it to find the correct title.



Choose the title and scroll down on the page to locate which campus library houses this journal. You are looking for information that looks like this:

library ownership

This tells us that this journal is located at the ACES library under the call number Q. 630.5 WOC1A. If you need help navigating call numbers, a librarian will be happy to help you at the library! This also indicates that the library has the volumes of this journal that were published between 1992 and 2002. If you need to find an article that falls outside of these dates, keep scrolling down on the page to see if older or newer volumes are stored in a different library.

  1. You may also realize mid-search that an article you have found and want to read is not available electronically. In this scenario, you do not need to return to the Main Library's homepage and follow all the above steps - there are shortcuts!

    Some databases will have a direct link to the library catalog. For example, when you are looking at a list of results after a search, there is a link at the bottom of each result that reads "Check library catalog for journal holdings." Simply click on this and you will be taken to the library catalog. From here, you can follow the steps above.

    This link does not exist on every database and may be in a different place on some so look carefully for it!

    journal check holdings

  2. On many articles, there will also be a Discover full text icon. This icon is useful because in addition to being a great way to find print articles, it also can show you if there is an online full text version of the article in another database. Clicking on the link will take you to a Discover pop-up window.


  3. For this particular article, the first section of the pop-up window shows that there is a full text online version of it in a different database.

    The Library Catalog section links you to Vufind where you can look through the library's holdings for a print version.


  4. In Vufind, choose the title of the journal you are looking for from the results list that you were directed to by Discover. In the middle of the page, choose the "Location & Availability" tab to find where the journal is held on-campus. Be sure to note the volumes and years and make sure that the article you are looking for is located in the volumes the library owns.


  5. Once you have found the print copy of the journal you need, take the title of the journal, issue and/or volume number, and call number information to the subject library or Main Stacks to retrieve your item. You can use one of the many copiers or scanners to copy the article

    If the library does not have a print or electronic copy of an article you need, you may be able to get a copy through Interlibrary Loan

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