Linking to Full Text Articles from PubMed

The PubMed search engine frequently provides a detailed summary of the article (abstract) along with the list of results. If you’re lucky, PubMed will also link your citation to the full text of the article somewhere else — that could be in another database that the library subscribes to (such as ScienceDirect), or it could link to the web site where the free article is available (from the publisher, organization, etc.).

You need to look in two places to track down your article from PubMed: the icon and the LINK OUT button.

First, the icon: To the left of each citation in the list of results from a PubMed search is a small icon that indicates an abstract, no abstract, or free full text available. Just click on the icon (or the title of your article) to read the abstract. This also leads you to other articles related to your search.

Next, the LINK OUT button: To the right of each citation in the list of results is the word LINKS. Click on LINKS and then click again on LINK OUT. This takes to you a new page where you have options to connect (or link) to the full text of articles in journals from another database — but only if your library subscribes to those journals.

For example, in a search for MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), I found an article in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, August 23, 2007. The article abstract was available from PubMed, but LINK OUT connected me to the actual article in the ScienceDirect database –which Resnick Library subscribes to.

Try a couple of searches yourself and let us if you have any questions. Also try the tutorials from PubMed. They are short, narrated, and very clear! Link to the tutorials and other help on the left navigation menu of the main PubMed page.



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