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How do I find the full text of an article if I have a reference/citation?

      Use the Citation Search. (Link found on the "Articles" tab on the Library home page.)

      You can also set up Google Scholar to help you find full text. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "Library Links" in the left navigation.
  3. Search for "Wheaton College Library."
  4. Select the check box next to "Wheaton College Library - Illinois - Find It @ Wheaton"
  5. Click "Save."
  6. You should now see a "Find it @ Wheaton" link.  If the link does not appear to the right or below an entry, click the " >> " below the entry; the link will appear.

If we do not have access to the full text you will be given the opportunity to place an ILLiad request.

How do I find out if the library has access to a journal?

      Search using Find a Journal (Links found on the "Articles" tab on the Library home page.)

How do I get a book that is not owned by our library?

      You can request a book through i-Share or ILLiad from the detail results screen when you search from the library home page

  • i-Share requests are for books only.  Requests go directly to consortia member libraries.  This is typically faster than an ILLiad request. 
    • You do not need to create an account.  Use your network login and password when prompted.
  • ILLiad is the name for our library's interlibrary loan service.  You can request books and articles. 
    • You will be prompted to enter some information (e.g. CPO address) the first time you make a request. 
    • Use your campus computer network account and password (the same as you use to log in to MyWheaton.)

How do I get a journal article that I cannot access through our library?

      Articles can be requested through ILLiad. 

  • Use the "Find it!" button found in most databases. If we do not have access to full text, place an ILLiad request.
    • You will be prompted to set up an account the first time you make a request. 
    • Articles are delivered electronically, you will get an email when a request is available.

Why citation searching?

Citation searching is important because it allows you to trace research on a topic over time.  It allows you to enter into the "scholarly conversation" about a topic.

  • Use the references in the back of an article to look at research that informs the research of an article in-hand.
  • Use a citation database such as the Web of Science or the "cited by" link in Google Scholar to find research that was informed by the research of an article in-hand.

In Web of Science:

  • use the times cited to trace research forward.  

Who has used this research to build their own research?

  • look at the cited references to trace research backwards.  

What research did this researcher think was important?

  • select related records to find related research based on shared citations.  

Who is doing similar research?