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Friday, 14 February 2014

From PubMed to full text articles

Here, we will show you how you can actually use PubMed and later retrieve full text articles from Science Direct; one of IMU's subscribed databases. Science Direct is a database, published by Elsevier, one of the world's leading publishers. Below, together with diagrams and explanations, you will get a better idea on how to retrieve an article:
Image 1: Example of article from PubMed.

As you can see above, there is no free full text button in retrieving the article from PubMed, but through the explanations below, you can actually retrieve details of the article and its journal.

1: Article title.
2: Journal title and its publication which includes year published, volume and issue no.
3: You can identify the journal publisher through its logo (sometimes not applicable through PubMed).
4: Click journal to view additional details of the journal.
5: Click NLM Catalog to proceed viewing step 4.

Image 2: Additional details of the journal.

6: Publisher of the journal, which in this case; Elsevier.
7: The full journal title.
8: Location of the journal in the publisher's database. Example: Science Direct, Ovid and SpringerLink. Sometimes, these links are not applicable through PubMed.

Image 3: Library portal.

After you have identified publisher of the journal, the next step is to identify the database in which the article is retrievable. Here is example of publishers and their databases:

Wolters Kluwer: Ovid
Springer: SpringerLink

Next is to retrieve the article through the publisher's database in Library portal. Login into the database through Library portal is crucial as missing this step will eventually lead you not being able to retrieve the article.

9: Go to Library portal:
10: Bring cursor to e-Journals and select the database; Science Direct

Image 4: EzProxy ID and Password.

Each of IMU student and staff has been designated with individual EzProxy ID and password. These are actually the same as IMU PC login ID and password (how you login into IMU PC in IMU). If you have difficulties login into your EzProxy account, please contact IMU Helpdesk

11: Enter IMU EzProxy ID and pasword.
12: Click Login button.

Image 5: Science Direct database

In order to fully utilize Science Direct database, it is advisable to register your own individual account. You will be able to keep record of your searches after login into your account.

13: Register / Login into Science Direct database.
14: Type the full journal title in the journal search box. The full journal title is available from PubMed itself (refer to step no. 7)
15: Insert publication details; volume, issue and page number (refer to step no. 2)
16: Click Search button.

Image 6: Retrieving article

The next page will direct you to the article. You can also add the article reference into blibliography tools such as RefWorks (which IMU subscribed) and Mendeley.

17: To view article online, click article title.
18: To download article, click PDF icon.

Retrieving articles from databases is actually easy. The trick is:

"identify the publisher and which database to access"

or remember this:

"you wanted information regarding a BMW car, but instead you went into Mercedes website"

Of course for the above, you will not find what you are looking for since you are browsing into the wrong website, which in retrieving articles, you are browsing into the wrong database. Only accessing the correct database will lead you to the desire article.

Do email IMU Reference Librarian if you face any difficulties obtaining any articles.

Good luck!

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