In our previous PubMed articles, we discussed finding free articles online and conducting more effective searches. In this PubMed post, we discuss ways to get full text articles that are not free online.
Visit Your Libraries
Check with your local library to see if they have the journal in question, or if they can get it in for you. This may be your only recourse for getting full articles at no cost, even if you have to wait awhile to get the journal.
Nearest Medical Library
If your local library doesn’t have or cannot get the journal or article you want, contact your nearest medical library. Call the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 800-338-7657 or visit their website to locate your nearest library. (You can’t call this number to get help finding information, but they can help you locate a library.)
Order Online Through PubMed
PubMed is primarily for medical students and professionals, which is why it provides a service called Loansome Doc that enables you to 1) find medical libraries in your state serving the general public, and 2) easily and conveniently order journal articles through PubMed.
When viewing an article’s abstract, clicking on the “Send To” link opens a box from which you can select “Order.” Clicking the “Order articles” button will direct you to enter your Loansome Doc login information.
Registration for Loansome Doc is free; you only pay when you order an article. To sign up for Loansome Doc, visit the Loansome Doc signup page. The first step will help you locate a medical library near you. You will need to contact the medical library of your choice to get signed up with them.
If you are not a healthcare provider or student, the medical library will consider you an “unaffiliated user.” Each library will have different criteria regarding unaffiliated users, pricing, and document delivery formats (hardcopy vs. electronic, e.g.).
If you click on an article’s title in your PubMed search results, you can click “LinkOut” at the bottom of the abstract to see online sources providing full text. You do not need a Loansome Doc account for these, but you may have to set up an account on the website of the online source to place an order.
So to sum up:
- Try your local library or visit a medical library (if you have one close to you).
- If you are planning to order articles on a relatively frequent basis, sign up for Loansome Doc so you can place all your orders from within PubMed.
- If you are planning to order articles relatively infrequently, try ordering from a LinkOut service.