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Portable Document Format (PDF)

PDF (Portable Document Format) is an exact on-screen representation of the printed version of a document. Electronic journal articles are often available in this format.

Documents stored in PDF are printer-friendly.

Reading PDF files

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer to read documents stored in PDF. If you are using a networked computer on campus the software will launch automatically.

Click on the link to the PDF file. There may be a short delay before the file will open. If you see a dialogue box asking whether you want to Open it or Save it to Disk, click on "Open it" and click on OK.

If you are using your own computer off-campus you may need to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat.

Viewing and printing PDF files

To adjust your view of the contents of the document select a different percentage size by clicking on the downward arrow next to the percentage box.

To print a copy of the PDF document click on the print icon within Adobe Acrobat Reader instead of the browser print icon.