Answered By: Ann Cannon Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 Views: 107
A PDF and HTML file both contain the same text but there are some differences between the two.
A PDF shows you what the actual article looks like (almost like a photocopy of it) and will have the actual page numbers that appeared in the original article. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a pdf viewer installed on your internet browser to access the article.
A HTML file has been computer formatted and you do not need any software to read the article. If there were graphs or images in the original article, they may not always appear in the HTML file but will appear in the PDF file format of the article.
For an article in HTML, you just scroll down to to read the article. You can also print or save the article, complete with the information you need for your citation, right from the detailed record page.
To open a PDF article, click on the PDF Full Text button. Print or save the article from the open article. For the citation information, print or save from the detailed record page.