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Albert S. Cook Library

Information Technology

Resources for information technology research

Getting Full Text Articles

If you do not see a way to download or view a pdf or html file of an article you may see a yellow icon with the words "find it": find it button

Follow the find it button icon in order to:

  • Access online full text (when available)
  • See if the journal is available in print (library catalog)
  • Request a free pdf of the article if full text is not available online (Interlibrary loan)

If you have the citation for the article you are trying to access, you can also search the Journal List to check if the library subscribes to your specific article.  


The following databases contain scholarly articles about information technology. You can also find scholarly literature via Cook OneSearch -- just make sure you check the box next to "peer reviewed" on the search results screen.

Not seeing the database you need? Try the A-Z Databases page or Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Open Access Journals

In addition to searching the databases that the Cook Library subscribes to, you can also find scholarly articles about information systems in open access journals. These articles are freely available online and do not require a TU login. 

Accessing Articles Later

If you find an article that you would like to come back to, do not copy and paste the URL from the top of your web browser. Database URLs change frequently as articles are added and removed, so the URL you copy may not work later. The safest option is always to find and download the PDF and save it in a safe place. However, you can also create a permalink, which is a stable URL that will work for you later. 

Creating permalinks in Cook OneSearch or an EBSCO database is easy: on the article page, look under the Tools column on the right and click on the word permalink. Then, copy and paste the URL it creates into a safe place.

Other databases may not have a permalink icon for you. If you find an article and you don't see an option to save a permalink, you can use the Cook Library's Proxy Builder to create your stable URL. Copy and paste your URL into the first box, and a stable URL will be created for you in the second box.

What to do if you hit a paywall

Sometimes when you're searching for articles, especially on the open web, you may encounter a paywall. This is a page that often has the abstract of an article but it tells you that you must pay a fee to access the full-text of the article. If that happens, please don't pay to access the article! Most of the time, the library can still get it for you.

When you hit a paywall, please feel free to Ask a Librarian for assistance. The video below shows how you can search for alternative means of access on your own.

ACM Digital Library Demo

The video below demonstrates how to search ACM Digital Library to find the latest research in computer science and information technology.