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Finding Full-Text Articles

Accessing PDF in PubMed

PubMed is comprised of more than 33 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. 

When using PubMed, open it from the Library website (screenshot illustrated below) or from this direct link, MCHSL PubMed Link.  This ensures that you are searching all MCHSL holdings that are linked through PubMed.


PubMed has the capability of finding an article by its title.  See screenshots below for searching and locating article by title in PubMed.

Rodriguez, J. A., C. Shachar, and D. W. Bates. "Digital Inclusion as Health Care - Supporting Health Care Equity with Digital-Infrastructure Initiatives." The New England journal of medicine 386.12 (2022): 1101-3. Web.


In the previous example, the article opened when clicking on the MCHSL logo.  When you cannot open a PDF from the MCHSL logo, try any publisher icons that appear, such as Elsevier, Springer, or Wiley.  When clicking on these links you will be taken to the publisher website, and the page will likely display the article abstract and citation information. It is up to you to locate the full-text PDF button. Sometimes it will be easy to locate, other times it may be more difficult.  See screenshots below for an example.

If the Library does not have access to an article, an article request form will appear.  We will discuss requesting an article later in this tutorial. 

Earlier in the tutorial, the definition of a PMID (unique identifier to that article) was discussed.  Now, let's demonstrate how using a PMID proves to be the fastest way to access an article in PubMed.  The screenshots below show where to locate a PMID number in PubMed and how to use it to search.  In addition, PMIDs are listed in CINAHL, ProQuest, and other medical databases.