Answered By: Vicky Ludas Orlofsky
Last Updated: Apr 16, 2020     Views: 1747

Scopus and Web of Science are databases of citations, not full text articles.

Unfortunately, the "Download PDF" button in these databases is a bit misleading because it doesn't actually download the full text of the article, just the article citation. 

Instead, in Scopus, the best way to find out whether or not the full text of the article is available is to click on the link to "Locate full-text (opens in a new window)". In Web of Science, click on the SCW Library icon.

This will connect you to the Library's databases, and will show you if the full text is available. The article linker tool will either give you a link to the full text in another database, or, if the full text is unavailable, you can click the button to "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" to submit the form to the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services (ILL/DDS) department.

You can also use the Journal Finder to find out definitively whether or not our Library provides full text online access to a particular journal.