I have a reference to a specific journal or article; how do I find it?

e-Journals tab (step 1)

  • go to the library home page and click on the e-Journals tab
  • type the title of the journal (for example: Behavior Modification) in the search box and click "Go"
  • Search e-Journals
    • NOTE: do not search for the title of an article within the journal!
    • if you get too many results, change the radio button from "Contains" to "Starts with" and click "Go" again
    • if your journal isn't listed, skip to library catalogue  (step 2) 
  • on the resulting screen, at the bottom of the listing for the journal you want, click the "Get It!" button, for example:

Get it! button location

  • in a popup window or new tab, all the providers for the journal will be listed, along with the years or volumes of coverage

  • if you are looking for a specific article, click the provider that includes the year or volume when your article was published
    • "Available from 1977 volume: 1 issue:1" ...means we have everything from then to the current issue
    • if no provider has your year/volume, skip to Get it! catalogue check

 

  • at the provider page, look for a link or drop-down menu for past years, volumes or issues
    • different providers have different displays, for example:

Past issues location

Past issues location 2

  • navigate to the year, volume, issue and page for your article
  • when you find your article, look for links to full text, either in PDF or HTML format

PDF link location

Get it! catalogue check

  • if no provider has your year/volume, in the Get it! window click "Check for a print copy in our Library Catalogue"

Check for a print copy

  • if we have the journal in print on the shelf, details of where it is and what years are covered will be shown in a new window or tab

Catalogue holdings

  • if there's nothing listed, or we don't have the year you need, go to library catalogue (step 2)

 

Library catalogue (step 2)

  • go to the library home page
  • in the Library Catalogue tab, type the title of the journal (for example: international review of qualitative research) in the search box
  • change the drop-down menu on the right from "Anywhere" to "Search for words... in Journal Title"
    • NOTE: do not search for the title of an article within the journal! 
    • if this gets too many results, enclose the journal title in double quotes, e.g. "international review of qualitative research"

 Search the catalogue

  • if the journal is listed, and you are looking for a particular article, check that the coverage includes the year or volume for your article
  • if the journal is not listed, skip to RACER (step 3)

 Catalogue holdings detail

RACER (step 3)

  • if your journal is not listed, or we don't have the year or volume you need, McMaster students, staff and faculty may request the article through RACER
  • articles take from 2 to 5 days (or longer) to arrive depending on availability
  • you will be notified by email when the article arrives
  • the RACER service is provided at no charge