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Undergraduate Help - All Text: Copying & Downloading Help

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Copying & Downloading Articles

Copying & Downloading Articles

When your search in One Stop Search results in journal articles you can copy them, and download them, for use in your assignments. 

Articles are published in journals. Journals are published by hundreds of different sources. As a result, there are many different ways of copying and downloading articles. Usually, after you click on the link from One Stop Search, you’ll be taken directly to the article. Other times, you’ll be directed to the listing of every issue or an abstract for the article, or even the main page for the journal. Basically, you have to get to the actual article before you can copy or download it. 

If you decide that you want to keep a copy of the entire article, you can do that. Some articles will allow you to do that without going into the PDF version. Others require you to find the PDF. You’ll see a number of different approaches to the saving process. 

Once you locate how to save the article, you can save it to a portable USB drive, the desktop, or to any file location you want. Keep in mind that you can also send the article to yourself as an email attachment, so it can be saved that way too.

You’ll need the name of the authors, the name of the article, the name of the journal it was published in, the issue and volume number, the date and the page numbers in your reference list or bibliography. A few journal providers give you some help and provide the citation automatically when you copy and paste, but most don’t. Whatever you choose to do, remember to properly cite the source using the appropriate format for your writing.