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Finding Full Text

In a perfect world, all publications would be free to all people. However, publishing is a business and although a number of journals are provided on an open access basis, most require subscriptions. On this page we provide some helpful tips for finding full text. Updated March 6, 2016.


  •  Many chiropractic libraries maintain full collections of chiropractic journals, some online and some in print. You may wish to contact a library and use its document delivery service. See CLC Member Libraries and follow the links to their services.
  • In ICL records we provide links to free full text whenever possible. (Include the subject heading Open Access Document in your search.) Several journals indexed in ICL are included in PubMed Central, a permanent repository of open access journals. For those journals we make links to PubMed Central. (View JCCA back to 1978 in PubMed Central.)
  • For journals requiring subscriptions, we often use DOIs, or Digital Object Identifiers.  These are unique numbers assigned to individual journal articles, such as this one,  http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.clch.2009.03.005  which links to the publishers of an article from the March 2009 issue of Clinical Chiropractic.
  • Some journals are available by subscription through more than one publisher. In the case of JMPT, for example, we provide links to PubMed records, which include links to publishers through PubMed’s LinkOut feature. See this example from the June 2009 issue of JMPT. Click on the PubMed link provided, scroll down, and select a publisher from LinkOut.
  • Our Open Access Library provides links to a wide variety of materials, including articles, books, journals , magazines and newspapers, and  free journal repositories.

Still can’t find the full text? Here are three things you can try:

  • ResearchGate:  Register with ResearchGate and search the title of the article you are seeking. Researches sometimes upload copies of their articles, or you can request personal copies for research purposes.
  • Google Scholar: Click the arrow in the search box to reach the advanced search page. Enter the article title in “exact phrase” cell. Often a full text version will be included in the results. If not, click on “all versions” under the record to see if someone has uploaded full text.
  • The Internet Archive’s WaybackMachine: If you encounter a dead link, enter it in the WaybackMachine to see if the page has been archived. (View the CNN entries for September 11, 2001.)

Need more help? Try our Contact Us form. We do not supply full text but we may be able to point you in the right direction.