Finding Full Text of Items

How Do I Get the Text of This Item?

Please note that the paragraph(s) I've provided after the citation for each item are an annotation describing the item--not the full text of the item itself. What follows are basic instructions on how you can obtain a copy of the entire item--the full text.

 Articles in periodicals

Some articles have a note, below the reference, about "Electronic Access." This means that the database named, which will be available at some college, university, or (in some cases) public libraries, will include the full text of the article. If you live in North Carolina, and if the database has the word "NCLIVE" after it, you can find the database at any college, university, or public library and search for the article. Ask a librarian to help you construct a specific search for the exact article you need.

If you don't live in North Carolina, it is possible that a nearby college, university, or public library has the database you need. Again, ask a librarian for help, or check you library's Web site to see if the database is available.

Many of the articles listed in the "Bibliography Supplement" are not available at all in electronic format. Others are available in both print and electronic format. Check your local library's catalog to see if the library has the periodical you need.

If the library does not have the periodical you need, or does not have the particular issue containing the article you want, ask the librarian to get a copy of the article for you through Interlibrary Loan. Generally, if you attend or work for a college or university, that library will provide you with interlibrary loan service. If not, your local public library will do this for you.


The information above concerning your local library's catalog and interlibrary loan service applies for books, also.

Recent books may still be in print, if you prefer to purchase your own copy. You can purchase through your local bookstore (although the book may have to be special-ordered for you), directly from the publisher (via their Web site or by telephone), or on the Web through various bookseller sites. Books in Print, in print or database form, can help you determine whether the book is still in print and will give you price as well as the publisher's address, telephone number for orders, and Web site URL.

Special cases

For some items, the publisher or purchase information may be difficult to locate. I've included this information when I have it.

Using direct quotations from the annotations

In my annotations I have often used some direct quotations for particularly apt points that are best expressed in the author's own words. To practice good scholarship, users of this site should go to the full text of the source itself and draw this quotation (or others), as well as other useful information and ideas, from the original source. If, however, it is not possible to get the original source, I recommend the following formats for citing an indirect quotation from this Web site:

In-text citation:
Karen I. Blu explains that the Lumbee continue to strive for true federal recognition because of ". . . a desire . . . for an unquestionable, determined, and once-and-for-all autochthonous, Indian, status: an external validation for their own traditional knowledge" (qtd. in Stilling, item BLU0005).

Works cited page:
Blu, Karen I. "Region and recognition: Southern Indians, anthropologists, and presumed biology." Anthropologists and Indians in the New South. Ed. Rachel A. Bonney. Tuscaloosa: Alabama UP, 2001. Page 731. Quoted in The Lumbee Indians: An annotated bibliography supplement. By Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling. 30 December 2001. Accessed 9 April 2002.