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Systematic Reviews: How-To in Detail

Finding Full-Text Articles

Before making a request for full-text articles through interlibrary loan, please complete these steps below to search for the full-text articles. If you are working with individuals from other institutions, please ensure that they check their library collections as well.

Prior to checking the sources below, be sure to run the full-text finder in EndNote (or other citation management tool, like Zotero). If you are working with a librarian on a review, this step may be completed for you.

Steps to Find Full-Text Articles

There are many ways to connect to the full-text. Below are three options, ranked by ease and efficiency.


Usually, Engine Orange works really well. If not, you can try these additional options. 

If you have multi-institutional team members, have them search Google Scholar as well, along with their own institution libraries.

If you find the article citation in a database, placing an interlibrary loan request is incredibly fast and easy with these steps:

  1. Find the article citation in a database: If you aren't already in a citation database, go back to PubMed or other citation database such as Web of Science to look up the article. Why? Because our "Request through Interlibrary Loan" link will fill out the ILL form for you with all the article information – this saves you time and ensures greater citation accuracy.
  2. Click the Interlibrary Loan link: Once you locate the article in a citation database, click the Request through Interlibrary Loan link.
  3. Log in with your SHSU username and password: This will take you to the ILL form. The article information will be filled into the form automatically. Scroll to the bottom and click submit. If there are copyright or other fees associated with your article request, we will contact you first.

If you can't find the citation in a database, you can still place an interlibrary loan request manually. Follow the steps below:


Questions about Interlibrary Loan? All interlibrary loan questions should be directed to the Interlibrary Services Office, 936-294-1616, or


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