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Fast Full Text

Gain access to Penn resources easily through these online tools.

Full text access

In June 2017, the Libraries migrated to a new catalog system, requiring changes to our full-text linking process. We value your feedback, particularly if you encounter a problem using Franklin or gaining access to an electronic resource. A feedback form is available at



For quick retrieval of a known item, consider searching Articles+.

On the search results page,
 click the Full Text Online link to connect directly to the article or click the title for additional options.



Using PennText

  • In Penn Libraries' databases, look for the PennText link or button. Click the PennText link to open a page with options for obtaining the full-text of the resource. This screen shows a PubMed search, but other databases work in a similar manner.

  • Look for online availability.

  • Read article online or download PDF. Different publishers will have the PDF button in different locations.

  • If you are sent to the journal homepage, rather than the article, either search the title of the article or navigate using the issue dates to get to the article.

  • If article is not available online, you will see a screen similar to the one below. Click on the "Sign in" icon.

  • Login with your Penn credentials (you may be prompted to login twice).


  • The screen options you see will depend on your logon credentials and what you are searching for.
  • If available, choose FacultyExpress
  • If FacultyExpress is not available, choose Interlibrary Loan.
  • If Interlibrary Loan is not available, choose Scan & Deliver (will need to manually add article title)

  • Check that your email address is correct and all citation fields are populated and then submit your request.


  • A screen message will note that your request has been submitted and you should also receive an email confirmation.

Using Penn Proxy

Nearly all of Penn Libraries' online resources are available off-campus. Links on library webpages are 'proxied' so that off-campus users are recognized as Penn subscribers.

The tools on tabs in this guide give fast access to online resources without going through the library webpages