Lesson 5



Retrieving a Copy of an Article

Most search interface systems provide three methods of retrieval: email, saving to a storage device, and printing. These methods can be used to obtain copies of citations, abstracts and fulltext if it is available. To see if the fulltext of the article is available look for clues like these:

Picture of button. or Picture of button. or Picture of button.




To email, look for a button that says:

or or

Then enter your email address in the box. Some search interfaces include a subject line as well. Then click a button that says something like:

or Picture of button. or Picture of button.

Email is free.




To print, look for a button that says:

 

Picture of print button or Picture of  button. or Picture of button.

This will reformat the document for printing. Not all search interfaces provide this option. Once the document is ready to print (or if reformatting is not an option), use the browser's commands to print.

Picture of File pull down 
menu with Print Preview highlighted.

Click File, then Print Preview to see how the pages format. Decide which pages you need to print, then click Picture of button. in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Next you will see the print dialogue window. Indicate which pages you wish to print and then click OK. This example is telling the computer to print pages 1 and 2.

Picture of print 
dialogue window.

Printing on a library printer costs 10 cents/page.




To download or save to a diskette, look for a button that says:

or Picture of button.

This will reformat the document for saving. Once again, not all search interfaces provide this option. Once the document is ready to download (or if reformatting is not an option), use the browser's commands to save.

Picture of File pull down menu with Save as 
highlighted.

Click File, then Save As. In the Save As dialogue window, select Drive A (A:) to save to a floppy diskette. Name the file and select Plain Text (.txt) for the file type. This removes the html coding from World Wide Web documents.

Picture of save dialogue 
window.


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