Five Options for Full Text

Published: April 16th, 2020

Category: Featured

'Five Options for Full Text' informationUF offers 5 methods for obtaining full text of documents:

  1. Links in our databases
  2. The UF Libraries Catalog
  3. UBorrow
  4. Interlibrary Loan

To use these options, you must be connected via a computer with a UF IP address or through UF’s proxy of Virtual Private Network software

Option 1: Links in UF’s databases

Look for the Find it @ UF links Find It at UF logoin databases to connect to the libraries’ subscriptions.


Option 2: UF Libraries Catalog

If a link in a database doesn’t get you full text, try searching the catalog: it links more reliably with our journal subscriptions than most databases. Set the catalog’s dropdown menu to Journal Title and copy-paste or type the journal title abbreviation. If that doesn’t work, enter distinctive full words from the journal’s title.

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Option 3: UBorrow (print for Gainesville students only)

In the upper right of a UF Libraries catalog results page, click the UBorrow icon UBorrow iconto request print material be sent to a UF Library from another Florida college library for your use. NOTE: The lending library will give you only as much time as it gives its local users, so you’ll have less time with the book before you must return it to the UF library from which you picked it up. Because this service involves other libraries, UF can’t guarantee immediate delivery of your item(s).

 UBorrow in catalog example

Option 4: ILL (Interlibrary Loan)

You must register to use this service, but registration takes less than 2 minutes and lasts throughout your affiliation with UF. You can use for any format (book, AV, journal article, print or electronic) if the UF libraries don’t have the item. As with Option 3, UF can’t guarantee quick delivery from other libraries, but requests usually result in a PDF email attachment of the chapter, journal article, or other short document within 2-4 days. Books take about 10 days to arrive.

Option 5: harvests Open Access content from more than 50,000 publishers and repositories and provides that content via a download link.  To satisfy their sponsors, the organization require completion and submission of a form linked at , which enables the organization to report usage to its funders.

Background for those interested: Publishers implement paywalls to prevent potential viewers/downloaders from accessing full-text of a article free of subscription or other fees. Open Access provides free access to the user: it is the authors who pay article processing fees. Many journals are totally Open Access, some are hybrids (articles in the same journal can be either subscription-based or Open Access) and some journals are subscription only.

A repository is a storage point for content. They are often based in institutions (UF’s is at or owned/maintained by groups with an interest in a specific subject ( , Open Access ( for academic OA repositories) or for a specific format ( for research data or specifically for qualitative data).