How To Access Full Text Articles And Publications At

How To Access Full Text Articles And Publications At


How to Access Full Text Articles and Publications at the National
Library of Medicine
What can I get in full text?
How can I get full text and who can use it?
What can I do with the full text?
Why didn’t I get full text?
I still don’t get it – who can help me?
What can I get in full text?
There are many resources available for NLM patrons and staff to obtain
full text articles, books, and other publications. Links to full text
can be found in these resources at NLM:
NLM A-Z e-Resources
NLM’s online catalog, LocatorPlus
The NLM Catalog
PubMed Central open archive
EBSCOhost, SCOPUS, ProQuest, and other databases
Is there full text access to all the journals in the NLM collection?
Not all journals in the NLM collection will have electronic links to
subscribed or free full text. Check the NLM A-Z e-Resources list or
LocatorPlus to identify which journals have available full text
How can I get full text and who can use it?
Get it @ NLM links , NIH Library Full Text Plus links, or publisher or
content provider links appear for electronic resources licensed by the
National Library of Medicine (NLM), and in some cases by the National
Institutes of Health Library. Some full text databases may also have
PDF or HTML links to full text. These resources are available to NLM
staff and anyone using designated computers in the NLM Reading Rooms
(Main Reading Room and History of Medicine Reading Rooms).
Searching for online (electronic) publications using:
The NLM A-Z e-Resources List:
Where can I find what years, volumes, or issues specific journals have
full text available?
From the NLM Reading Room home page you will find an area marked
Electronic Journals to access the NLM A-Z list of electronic or full
text journals and resources:

Search the A-Z list by TITLE. An auto-complete feature can help you
find the exact title needed.

Click on to obtain access to the title you selected
The button provides more details about years or issues
available. Journal History is also available in a scrolling window

Click on the button or the highlighted journal title to get
access, where you will also see journal coverage information:

If you wish to see what journals contain a specific word or truncated
term in their titles, choose to the Title tab and click on the
Contains circle and type the term which will auto fill or click on GO
to see the results. If you have difficulty finding a journal title
with the Title Starts With search use the Contains. This may be
helpful when trying to find foreign language journals.

Can I find a listing of journals by SUBJECT, such as chemistry or
veterinary science that has full text content?
Use the SUBJECT tab on the A-Z Journal list to find subject categories
such as Agricultural Sciences or Chemistry. Other subjects such as
Veterinary Science may be listed as a subcategory of the main subject
Agricultural Sciences:

C lick to retrieve the 81 journals sorted
alphabetically and then categorized with Veterinary Science:
The ADVANCED tab allows a variety of other searching journals by any
of these choices:
The Title by starts with, contains, or exact title
The ISSN number
Source vendor or publisher
Broad subject categories

The CITATIONLINKER tab allows searching more categories such as
Article Title words, author, journal name, volume, issue and
pagination, PMID (PubMed Identifier and DOI (Digital Object
Identifier) to get to the article itself. The amount of information
provided will determine if which level of the journal you retrieve:
the journal title, volume, issue, or the article itself.

You can search also by NLM Journal Title Abbreviations but ONLY on the
Advanced or CitationLinker tabs and clicking in the Exact title area:

NLM’s Online Catalog: LocatorPlus:
Search for a publication, such as a journal, i.e. BMJ:

Choose the correct title needed. The note Internet Link in Record
indicates that some text is available online.

Access points to the full text publication include or the URL.
Note that unlike databases like PubMed, LocatorPlus is providing
access to the full text journal, not directly to the articles.

Click the button at the bottom of the LocatorPlus record to
access a menu that gives more detailed information about and access to
the issues that are available electronically.

LocatorPlus may also list other non-journal full text documents:
LocatorPlus also has links to other full text publications:
The NLM Catalog:
Access to electronic full text from the NLM Catalog at the title level
is via connecting through LocatorPlus. To search the NLM Catalog,
click on one of the LocatorPlus links (NLM ID link or link) to
retrieve a LocatorPlus record, and then click on the button at
the bottom of the record:

From PubMed Central Open Archive:
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal
literature. You can search for a specific journal or for articles in
PMC by clicking in the appropriate search box. You can also browse the
PMC list of journals.

On PubMed Central records you will find the following links:
Full Text which retrieves an HTML document
PDF document and inclusion of the file size
Supplementary Materials (figures, tables)
To the right you also find LINKS to the PubMed record and to Cited
References in the article. Many people prefer the PDF version because
of its appearance and ease in printing without adjusting margins.

How can I get full text articles from PubMed?
When you find a PubMed record it may have a variety of working icons
or links from publishers or providers, PubMed Central, and/or the
link to access full text articles. These are displayed only on
the PubMed abstract display format:

Click on the or other instruction, such as Download PDF to
open a PDF or Portable
If no publisher or links are showing on the abstract display
of a PubMed citation, try searching LocatorPlus for full text access.
Some journals in PubMed may not have links to publisher sites,
or the journal may not be indexed in PubMed. NLM may have subscription
access in LocatorPlus or in the NLM A-Z List of Electronic Journals.
Document Format which holds the full text article:

Click on the PDF link to open the full text article. Some producer
sites may require you to click on a DOWNLOAD link to open the PDF
What can I do with the full text?
(Read, save, print, export, e-mail)
I found the full text article needed. How can I read, save, print,
export, or e-mail it?
Alternatively, you can use Adobe Acrobat to view the document’s number
of pages, make the text smaller or larger, save the document to a file
(plug Flash Drive in on the lower left side of the monitor), or send
it to the Reading Room print stations for later printing. The File
Print or File Save As feature may also be used instead of the icons

Saving, printing, exporting, and e-mail features also depend on what
is allowed by the publisher or provider. E-mailing free articles or
PDFs may require the receiver to still have a subscription or be part
of an institution with a subscription to open the resulting URL sent.
Saving and printing are usually available options. Exporting files or
records depends on the database or producer site instructions. Use the
MEDLINE display format to be able to export to bibliographic databases
like Reference Manager and Endnote. Read the HELP area on other
databases for additional instruction, or speak to a Reference
Librarian on duty.
From EBSCOhost, SCOPUS, ProQuest, and other Databases
Some databases, such as, CINAHL plus with full text from EBSCOhost
also may have additional icons indicating links to full text PDF or
HTML documents. You can choose any of the icons provided, but choosing
the ones for PDF or HTML documents already displayed may save you
additional clicks.

Databases other than PubMed may have the button on all the
citations. If electronic access is not available search LocatorPlus as
instructed to obtain print or microform materials from the closed
How can I get (full text articles from Scopus, Embase, Web of Science
and APA PsychNet)?
Because NLM shares many subscriptions with the NIH Library, you may
also find the icon in databases like SCOPUS, EMBASE, and the
content. If you see the Full Text button on SCOPUS near the
this usually signifies full text access to that article. If you do not
find full text is available from either button, go to LocatorPlus to
see if a print version may be available in the NLM collection.

How can I get full text articles when I have limited information?
The CitationLinker tab on the E-Resources page allows you to verify or
find articles with limited information. Depending on the available
information, you may be sent to the journal or issue home page or to
the exact article.

Why didn’t I get full text?
Why didn’t I see a button or another link for the article I
Possible reasons include:
There is no access available
NLM does not have a license for access to the title.
Please let the Reference librarians on duty know if you discover that
access is available but it does not appear in Get it @ NLM.
Why didn’t I get it when there was a button or other full text
See the Reference staff for additional assistance to verify full
text coverage of journals, to report errors, and to try to find
other full text, print, or other formats of the articles. Possible
issues you might encounter: You are asked for a User ID and
You get a different article or resource from the one originally
You can’t open, save or print the full text document found.
You are having problems finding the article wanted from journal
volumes, issues, or table of contents retrieved.
You find no full text article is available and need assistance
ordering a print copy from the stacks or identifying what other
libraries may own the resource.
A full text copy of an article from an electronic resource is not
available. How do I request a print copy (if available) from the NLM
Search the LocatorPlus catalog from the Main Reading Room page or from
the Get it @ NLM menu page to determine is print or microform versions
are available for stack requests.
What do I do when I get an “error 404”, “bad URL”, or “not found”
Contact the Reference librarians on duty for assistance.
Possible reasons why the article may be missing:
If the article is very recent, the database record about the
article may appear before the publisher has made the available
online. Use the "contact" link on the NLM A-Z E-resources list to
confirm the publisher or author may have “embargoed” or withheld
permission. Search LocatorPlus to see if the Library has the
printed version.
Links may be out-of-date because a publisher has made changes to
its site. Please let us know about any problems that you encounter
so that we can correct them.
Will access to the article time out while using the button?
Your session may time out according to the policies of the database.
If you are viewing via a Get it @ NLM window, the database will
consider this inactivity. Please be aware of these time constraints,
or the database session May close and you will lose your search. Some
databases such as OVIDSP time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.
I still don’t get it – who can help me?
Contact the Reference Librarian for further assistance.