Abstracts provide a summary of an article rather than giving you access to the full text article immediately. Abstracts can give you a great idea of what an article is about and if it’s relevant to your topic, and it gives you all the information you need to find what you’re looking for!
If you find an abstract that is exactly what you need, you can click “Check for full text” on your search results.
You might see a screen like this:
This shows that a database that is accessible through the library has access to the article you’re looking for! Always make sure the date your article was published matches the date ranges that are available.
It is helpful to sign up for an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account before requesting the article. You can do this from the Barber Library’s homepage using your COCC network username and password.
From this link, you will also be able to confirm your request has been submitted, check on pending requests and read articles that have been sent to you. If you have more questions about ILL, check out the FAQs page.