If you will be requiring your students to read scholarly articles this semester, please consider sending them to the library to find the full text themselves (assuming the article is included in the library’s holdings). Rather than sending the students a PDF via email or Blackboard, or simply distributing a printout in class, allowing the students to search out the article on their own has several advantages.
Good for students
Allowing students to search the library’s resources to find the full text of an article from the citation builds familiarity with the library and its website. This exercise also demonstrates that the library is a valuable place to find scholarly resources. As an added bonus, your students will learn to interpret a citation. Finding the full text is good practice for scholarly research!
To help with this task, we provide detailed instructions for finding the full text using an article citation on our Finding Full Text Guide. Feel free to include this link on your syllabus. Librarians are also available to help by phone, email, chat, or in person.
Good for the Library
Sending students to the library’s website for full text articles being used in your class helps the library keep better statistics. We regularly evaluate our collection to ensure that it is meeting the needs of faculty and students. If you distribute a printout of an article to the students of your class, our records will only indicate one download from that journal, although it is being used by many more patrons. Allowing students to download their own articles is one way of indicating that a particular journal is important to the curriculum.