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Physician Assistant: Starting with a Citation

Recommended resources for Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Physician Assistant Program students and faculty

Locate the full text article from a citation

Berman , B. M., et al. (2010). "Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain." New England Journal of Medicine 363(5): 454-461.

Have a citation and need the full text article? 

Use the options on this page to locate the article you need.

Option 1: Full Text Finder:

Search the library's electronic journals for the article, so it can be immediately printed or saved.

Option 2: Catalog:
(Davie students only. Distance students skip to Option 3)

Not available electronically? Search the catalog to see if the print journal is in the library.


Option 3: Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

Article not available electronically or in print? 

Request the material from ILL (Free service)

Option 1: Search the Full Text Finder for Electronic Journals

I. Find

The eJournal Finder does not accept the journal title abbreviation (AMA citation style uses abbreviations)

If your citation has the journal abbreviation and you can't figure out the journal name, go to 


  1. PubMed Journals Database
  2. Type in the abbreviation and click on Search
  3. Example: Clin Ther     Results: Clinical Therapeutics
  4. Use the full title in the Journal Finder


II. Search

 Enter the journal name NOT the article title or the abbreviated journal name (AMA citation style)


From the HPD Library Homepage, use the Full-Text Finder to look for a specific journal in our electronic resources.
  1. Click on “Search Full-Text Finder”
  2. Type in the exact journal title
  3. If you are unsure of the exact title, use the drop-down box and select "Contains" to search for words within a title









  • If the journal is available electronically, one or more resources will be listed.
  • ALWAYS check date ranges and Full Text Delays, if any, listed next to the resource.
  • Check your citation and select the resource that contains that year.















Browse for Article

1. Once you have selected a resource, click on the title.

2. The resource will not open directly to your article so browse to the correct year/volume/issue.

3. Once you select the correct year/volume/issue, you will see a list of articles for that specific issue. Browse the list until you find the article. 

Every resource looks different, the screenshot below is just one example

  • Look for a list of years or volumes. Click on the correct one for your article.


  • Look for a link to the Archives, Back Issues, or BackList


  • Look for a search box and enter the article title.

Option 2: Search the Catalog for Print Journals


Option 3: Interlibrary Loan

Request an Article

  • Material not available in Nova's print and electronic resources can be requested from Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
  • This is a free service.
  • ILL will try to obtain the article from another library system somewhere in the United States.
  • This service can take several days.



  1. Go to ILL
  2. Click on  the Illiad icon in the middle of the page
  3. Log in with your Nova ID & password
  4. Click on Journal Article (left side of screen)
  5. Enter the requested information in all of the required fields on the form
  6. Click on Submit Request
  7. If ILL is able to obtain the article, you will receive an email with a link to your ILLiad account.
  8. Log in and click on Electronically Received Articles to view the article (left side of screen)