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EBSCO Text-to-Speech
- Search an EBSCO database. (Try Academic Search Complete or EagleSearch.)
- Find an article.
- Click HTML Full Text
- Click the Listen button.
Note: Text-to-speech is not available for PDF format


How to Find an Article in a Journal or Magazine PDF
Shows an example for an article from the Harvard Business Review
  • About
  • Find Articles on a Topic
  • a Journal
  • ...Using a Citation
  • Formats
  • QuickLinks

About Article Databases

ORU databases include authoritative full-text articles covering all subjects, in addition to a variety of other types of materials and formats, such as book reviews and magazine articles.

In contrast to searching the Web, as noted in the chart below, databases offer many useful functions that provide easy and efficient search and storage tools for research assignments.

Database Selection
Choose databases with the types of resources needed for the research assignment.
  • Choose a subject database, multidisciplinary database, or combination of selected databases using an integrated search.
  • Some databases contain groups of subject-related publications.
  • Databases may include full text, abstracts, or citations from peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines, trade publications, newspapers, and more.

Search Options
Limit search results to match the assignment requirements.
  • Limit results to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles.
  • Select a source type, such book reviews or newspapers.
  • Set publication date limits.
  • Refine results using the listed subject/thesaurus terms.
  • Select English or non-English language articles.

Personalization & Information Management
Store articles to read or create citations later.
  • Create personal accounts, such as the ebrary Bookshelf or EBSCO Folder.
  • Create email alerts for searches or journal titles.
  • Add notes to articles.
  • Save and manage articles, searches, alerts, and more.

Citation Tools Get a single citation or multiple citations in various formats to copy/paste and edit, as needed. Always check citations with the print manual and your professor's requirements. See Citation Tools

Some databases include full text while others have only citations and abstracts. Article full text varies and may be available in HTML, PDF, linked full text, print or a combination of formats.

  • If the full text is not available in the database you are using it may be elsewhere in the library or in another database. Use the "full text finder," or similar link, when trying to get the full text.
  • If the article you need is not available at ORU you may request it through the library Interlibrary Loan Service.

Find Articles on Your Topic or Subject

1. Select a database.
Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary; use the QL's tab for more databases)
EagleSearch (discovery tool)
(For database lists, on the library web page select Database List or Library Guides.)
2. Enter a search expression.
Key in concepts or keywords from your thesis statement and other significant words that describe your topic. Search appropriate fields, such as subject, keyword, scripture, people, company entity. Browse and search the subject headings or thesauri. See Search Strategies.
3. Review the results. Choose an article and access the full text.
Click PDF, HTML, Linked Full text or similar option, as in the examples below. (Click an image to go to the record within the database.)
ScienceDirect record
Science Direct full text record
EBSCOhost record:
Full text link
If full text links are not available:
EBSCO link Full Text Finder (or similar link)
Click to see if the article is available elsewhere in the Library. The link may go the library catalog, another database, or the article may not be available.
Oral Roberts University Catalog links to the journal record in the library catalog. Check to see if the library has the date(s) needed. Record or print the holdings information, including format (microform, CD-ROM, hard-copy), location and call number to find the journal then the article.
Request from another library
Identifies that the article is not available at ORU and would need to be requested through interlibrary loan. If you need the article, click on the link and complete the form to request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Note: There is usually a small fee for ILL materials.
4. Evaluate your results. Refine your search.
Limit by date, peer reviewed items, or subject(s).
Add additional key words.
Store and manage your articles, if possible.

Find Articles in a Journal

You may want to find an article but know only part of the citation information. For example, you may know the journal name and the article content or author's name but not the article title nor publication date. Or, you may want to browse articles in a journal.

1. On the library Web page (, select the Publication Finder tab.

2. Key in the words of the journal title. Click Search.

Publication Finder search

3. Under the journal title (example: Transgenic Research), either search within the publication using the search box provided or click a database (Environment Complete) from the results. Identify the dates available in full text then simply follow the links to the article full text.

Publication Finder search

4. In the journal record use Search within this publication if you know the several key words or drill down through the year, volume and issue if you know the article publication date.

Publication Finder search

If an article is not available at ORU, you may choose to request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Find Articles Using a Citation or Some Citation Information

You may want to find the full text article for a citation or you may know only part of the citation information for an article you need. For example, you may know only the article title or just the article subject and the author. The examples below show several ways to find the full text article using partial citation information from the following sample citation:

Raven, Peter. "GM Crops, the Environment and Sustainable Food Production." Transgenic Research 23.6 (2014): 915-921. Environment Complete. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

Use EagleSearch.

On the library Web page, click the EagleSearch tab. Key in the article title in quotations ("gm crops, the environment and sustainable food production"). Click Go.

EagleSearch search

Follow the links to the full text.

EagleSearch result

Use "the" database.

If you know the database, access it and search the citation information. In the example below, part of the title in quotations ("sustainable food production") and the author's last name (Raven) are searched in Environment Complete, the database in the above sample citation.

Ebsco search

Follow the links to the full text.

Database search

Article - Formats and Location in the Library

If an article is not available full text (HTML, PDF or similar) in the database(s) you are using, it may be elsewhere in the library. For example, in addition to full text online, articles are available in current issues, bound volumes and on microfilm and CD-ROM.

Hard Copy: Print and Paper

Bound PeriodicalsSingle issues and multiple volumes or issues bound together for easier storage.

Current Issues are located in the Periodical area and arranged alphabetically by title in the bins along the wall by the GC/LRC doors.
To find current issues: Browse the shelves for the Journal/magazine title then look for the issue.

Bound Volumes are located in the Periodical area and arranged by call number on the shelves.
To find bound volumes: 1) Search the library catalog for the title and date you need. Then 2) Record the call number and date or volume/issue numbers to find the journal or magazine on the shelves.


Microform cabinetsA strip of film wound on a spool that contains images of the journal/magazine pages.

Location: Periodical area, in the "yellow" microfilm file cabinets along the wall. Arranged by call number, then volume and issue numbers.
To find microfilm: From the library catalog record, print or record the call number and date or volume and issue numbers that you need. Go to the microfilm cabinets and find the item.

Microform readers are available to review articles, print them or save the article in PDF format then email it. Assistance is available at the Reference Desk.


CD-ROM in the ORU LibrarySome articles may ONLY be available on CD-ROM, as noted in the library catalog journal title record.

Location: The CD-ROM computer in the Periodical Area, by the bound periodical stacks.

Note that CD-ROM is only available for use in the Library.

Database QuickLinks (QLs)

Click the More Information to link to the vendor's database descriptions.