Q. How do I tell the difference between a citation with an abstract and a citation with full text?
All of the Library's databases provide citations, which give you the basic publication information about the article or resource-- title, authors, date and source of publication (see sample below).
The majority of the databases providing citations also have abstracts, which are brief summaries of the article or resource (see sample below). [Pro Tip: You can learn a lot about an article just by carefully reading the citation and the abstract; this will help you decide whether you want to read the full article.]
Some databases also provide full-text access. Full text access means that you can view, save or print the full article. The full text might be on HTML or PDF format (see sample below).