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1. What is WebBridge?
WebBridge is software which allows the library to provide links from citations in research databases to sources for the full text. These links are often labeled "Check Availability @ Bowdoin" or "Find It @ Bowdoin" (see the different links above).
2. How does WebBridge work?
Do a search in one of the Library's subscription indexes and databases or google scholar. Search results will have a 'full text' or 'find it' link nearby. The library does not always have control over the look or text of the link, but often it will say something similar too "Check Availability @ Bowdoin" or "Find it @ Bowdoin". Click on one of these links and a new window will open with a list of possible options for accessing the full text of an article or finding a book. In some instances these links will be offered only for citations for which Bowdoin has the full text. In other cases these links will be offered on all citations.
3. Which databases have WebBridge links?
Many, though not all, indexes and databases will have these full text links. If there is not a "Check availability @ Bowdoin" or simliar button, you will need to search for the journal title in the Library Catalog in order to determine if the library has access to the title. If the library does not have access to the title you seek, use the Interlibrary Loan service to request the article or book. If you would like to see the "Check availability @ Bowdoin" link in a particular database please send your request to email@example.com.
4. What are the "Get Full Text Online" options?
If the Library has online access to the full text of an article, you will see links to the service which provides access, and also the dates to which the library has access. Sometimes these links will take you directly to the article you are seeking. Other times the link takes you only to the top level of the journal, or to the search screen of the service, and you will need to search for the particular title and date that you wish to access.
5. What if the "Get Full Text Online" option doesn't work or I can't find the article?
Please contact a Reference Librarian for assistance. If you have determined that the library does not have access to the article you need you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.
6. What are the "Check Local Print or Microform" options?
These links display when the library subscribes to the print or microfilm version of the journal. Follow these links to see where in the library you can find the material you are seeking.
Try searching first in the Bowdoin catalog. If you do not find the title, try the "Repeat Search in NExpress" or "Repeat Search in Maine Info Net" buttons. Bowdoin students, faculty and staff may request items directly from NExpress and Maine Info Net by using the "Request Item" button.
8. What should I do if there are no Full Text or Local Print options?
If no links to full text or print are offered, you will see a link to "Interlibrary Loan". You may use this link to request that the material be borrowed from another library.
9. What if I already have a journal citation and want to find the full text?
Search for the journal title in the Library Catalog. If the library does not have access to the title you seek, use Interlibrary Loan service to request the article.