Monday, April 2, 2007

What does "Sorry, no holdings were found" mean?

If you have searched the library's research databases then you have probably also come up against this message when trying to access the full-text of a journal article:

"Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal" when you clicked on the Article Linker icon to try and get the full-text.

Article Linker screen showing no holdings found
Two main questions arise from this:
  1. Does it mean the article is not available at all?
  2. What are my options for getting the article if I see this message?

Answers:

  1. This means that the journal volume that contains the article in question is not available in full-text within the Empire State College collections. Like all libraries, we do not have access to everything out there. However, see below for more options for getting it.
  2. If you come across an article citation in a journal, newspaper or magazine that is not available in full-text within the Empire State College library collection, you still have a couple options available to try and obtain it:

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