Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: May 08, 2017     Views: 497

What is Find It @ Purchase?

The Find It @ Purchase button helps you search for the full text of an article across all the Library's many subscription databases.  "Find It" is found in most of the library's databases. It is based on a service called Full Text Finder which uses OpenURL technology to link from a citation in one database to the full text of the desired article in a different database.

"Find It" saves you time! Without it, you would have to search several databases separately to locate the full text of an article. You can also use the Find It button to request  an article via Interlibrary Loan.


How do I use Find It @ Purchase?

To use the Find It button, complete your search as usual in one of the library's databases. If the full text is not available directly from that database, you will see the "Find it @ Purchase" button next to or below the citation.  Clicking the "Find It" button will open a menu (usually in a new browser window). The Find It menu indicates whether the Library subscribes to the full text of the journal in another database.

  • If we subscribe, you will see a list of databases that provide the full text of the article. Simply click on one of these links to connect you to the full text!  You can download, email, or save the full text of the article from the new database. Keep in mind, sometimes the full text is available as a PDF, while in other databases (particularly newspaper databases) it may be presented in HTML.
  • If the full text is not available online, you may see other options, including:
    • a link to our catalog to search our print holdings. You can see if the Library has the article in print (hard copy) by choosing: blue folder "Find from Purchase College Library's print holdings."
    • a link to place an Interlibrary Loan request via  ILLiad


There is no full text for the article I want. Now what?

We try to provide full text for our users, but Purchase College Library does not have online access to every journal or every article ever published!  Some articles are too old to be available electronically. Some publishers do not make an electronic version available. Some journals have "embargoes" or "blackout dates" where a publisher chooses not to provide electronic access to the most recent issue(s).

But don't give up! If Purchase College does not own a journal in print or does not have electronic access, you may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. Electronic articles are often received via Interlibrary Loan in as little as 1-3 business days!


Why are there multiple options for the full text of some articles?

The Library sometimes has overlapping subscriptions to electronic journals. In most cases, full text access comes directly from the journal publisher’s website. However, many of our electronic journals come from aggregators like EBSCOhost or Elsevier's ScienceDirect. While there may be an overlap in journal titles, often the coverage dates for these journals are different. We make multiple options available to you in case of service outages or coverage date differences. You may also prefer one database interface over another.

If you see several links to the same article in your "Find it @ Purchase" results, check the dates to make sure the database you choose covers the year the article was published. If the coverage dates are all the same, just start at the top with the first database listed and work your way down!


How can I report a broken link or other problem?

If you encounter any technical problems, please let us know!  You can do so by texting us at (914) 873-1711 or emailing


As always, if you have any trouble finding the full text of an article, please ask a librarian for help! 

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