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Libraries' Help & FAQ
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When you're using a database, and can't find a link to the full text of an article, look for a MultiLink BSU button.
MultiLink helps you to search the Libraries' other databases to see if the full text is available through another resource.
If it is available, MultiLink provides a link to the text of the article; and if it cannot find the full-text, MultiLink provides a link to Interlibrary Loan so that you can request that we get a copy of the article from another library.
Ball State faculty, staff, and students should then log in with their BSU username/password to get full access. Then choose “Ball State Theses and Dissertations” under “Communities in Cardinal Scholar.”
In Cardinal Scholar you may choose to type in search terms, or to browse in various ways, including the date, author or department.
Some documents will be available to read in full-text online, and some will only be available in print form; this depends on the age of the document and the choice of the author.
Another resource is the database "Dissertations and Theses," accessible on the Databases page.
Type "Ball State University" in a search box and choose "University/Institution - SCH" in the drop-down menu on the right to limit to works written by Ball State students.
The Reference Desk (Bracken Library, 1st Floor West) has copies of all of the popular citation manuals used on campus, including MLA, APA, and many others. Reference staff are available to help with citation questions, as well.
The online guide entitled Citation Style Guides provides links to basic outlines of all of the major citation style formats.
For more extensive help with citing sources and writing research papers, visit Ball State's Writing Center.
Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are permanent identifiers given to electronic documents, such as journal articles. DOIs commonly appear at the beginning of articles, in citations, and also in search results. Generally, the DOI appears like this: DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.69.2.334.
PubMed Unique Identifiers (PMIDs) are unique identifiers given to articles and citations in PubMed. They generally appear like this: PMID: 18488594.
If you have a DOI or a PMID for an article, you don't need any other citation information to find the article using CitationLinker.