Tips for Using eJournals & eBooks

If you do not find the answer to your question here, contact your subject librarian.

PDF vs HTML – as a general rule choose PDF if you are going to print the article or chapter; choose HTML if you are going to read it on the screen.

When printing PDF files, check the “print as image” box. (Often this isn’t necessary but sometime files do not print properly and “print as image” might fix the problem.)

Please promptly report problems with library printers to the nearest service desk. If a printer is jammed, it doesn’t help to send the print job again!

Please print responsibly; print only what you need. Think green!

If you need help to print only certain pages, to select a printer, or to email or save articles or chapters instead of printing, please ask at the nearest service desk.

In all cases, when you choose a link from our fulltext pages you will leave Washington University Library and enter a database or publisher web site. Every site is a little different, so be prepared to scroll, experiment, and use “help” files. These general tips may be useful when you are trying to choose from several possible sources for fulltext:

Publisher sites will usually offer a format that closely matches the printed version and is available quickly, often before print publication! Examples of such sites are ACM, ACS, AIP, AMS, BioOne, Cambridge University Press, ingentaconnect, Cell Press, Highwire Press, Project MUSE, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink, Wiley Online Library, and many more.

JSTOR is an excellent option when it covers the year(s) you need. Online version will match printed version well.

Quality of fulltext in databases varies, e.g., LexisNexis Academic.

  • “Text” indicates text only, not precisely equivalent to print version.
  • “Text with graphics” indicates entire content from print version but not in precisely the same format.
  • “PDF” is complete content in a format that closely matches the print version.

Some of the database links will connect to the database and then you need to search to retrieve some fulltext version.
For example:

  • When you choose GenderWatch links, you must enter and search for the Journal title in the appropriate search box.
  • Search for Source (Journal) title in Health and Wellness Resource Center also; Advanced Search is the easiest place to do that.
  • When you choose LexisNexis Academic links, a search box will be displayed with the journal title already input. To retrieve fulltext you must input some other search word(s) in the search box(es).
  • When you choose Applied Science & Technology Fulltext, Art Fulltext, or Education Fulltext, first choose the database and then search for the journal name. SearchPlus is the best option for searching!

Just about all eJournals and eBooks are available via the proxy server. If an e-resource is denying you access after you’ve looked it up inĀ eJournal and eBook Holdings, please contact the Library Webmaster or contact your subject librarian. Sometimes our license does not permit off-campus access by authorized users; sometimes we haven’t asked the publisher yet.

How do I use the proxy server to get access from off-campus?

If a password is requested, this is probably a problem that should be reported. However a few resources do require passwords.

Prepublication citations
Some databases (specifically PubMed) index articles as soon as they are available on the web. These prepublication articles are sometimes a bit tricky to find. They usually won’t have volume numbers or page numbers. They are accessible at the online journal web site but you will need to look around for their location. Publisher practice varies, for example, Springer calls these articles “Online First,” Wiley calls them “Early Views,” etc.

Additional medical titles accessible at WU
Becker Medical Library subscriptions may be included when the Danforth campus has access to them but this coverage isn’t comprehensive. Please check their Catalog for more complete information on medical titles. If the Becker Catalog note says “Access restricted to WU faculty, staff, and students,” fulltext should be available to all WU users. If the Becker Catalog note says “Access restricted to WU Medical School faculty, staff, and students,” access is available only to Medical campus users.

Becker Library Journals@Ovid
Danforth campus library staff can log users onto the Ovid system on request.

Variant titles
We have noted some inconsistent entries; if you don’t find a title, double check with ‘title contains all words’ search or ISSN.