Q. How do I get the full text of an article in PubMed?

PubMed contains over 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE and other sources. PubMed does not include the full text of journal articles; this is provided through outside sources.

A good practice is make sure you are set up to search UM’s library collections in PubMed so you can more easily obtain full text. This can be accomplished by accessing PubMed through the custom, institution-specific link posted to the library’s database page; look under 'P' to get to PubMed or go to the direct link https://libguides.lib.umt.edu/pubmed-mtmanlib

Alternately, a user may add the University of Montana to their personal PubMed account under My NCBI>My NCBI Site Preferences. Find University of Montana-Missoula in the Outside Tool Preferences.

Once associated with the UM library, you should be able to view a maroon "University of Montana" button in the top right corner of a PubMed record, that is a pathway to check for article availability in the library’s collections. Note the button displays regardless of whether the library can supply the full text of an item.

Screen shot of a PubMed record

Should the library be unable to locate a full text source for you, a link to an interlibrary loan request form will display for your convenience.

PubMed records often display logos/links to additional publisher sites, such as the black/white DeG logo next to the maroon "University of Montana" button in the screen grab above. These links may or may not provide access based on a number of factors. Some articles may be free to view, but others may require an institutional subscription or that the user be properly recognized with a NetID login. When in doubt, it’s best to use the "University of Montana" button to check for full text sources and to be properly authenticated for access.

More details about obtaining the full text of articles through PubMed is available from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3827/#pubmedhelp.How_to_Get_the_Journal_Articl



  • Last Updated Mar 27, 2019
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  • Answered By Jennifer Rusk

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