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Medline Complete Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates the features of the MEDLINE Complete database on the EBSCOhost interface, including basic searching and narrowing results on the result list.

MEDLINE Complete Tutorial (PowerPoint)

PubMed Resources

Another good resource for you will also be PubMed.  Below is a tutorial to assist you in finding the journal articles you desire.

PubMed does not include the full text of journal articles; however, click the icon in the top right corner of the abstract display to link to the full text, if available.

In addition, the abstract display may include a LinkOut – more resources link located at the bottom of the display, with additional full-text sources.

Additional tips for obtaining articles.

Section Contents

  • Many articles are available for free.
  • If you are a physician, researcher, or health professional, utilize your affiliation with a medical library or institution.
  • If you are a member of the general public or not affiliated with a medical library or institution, try finding free copies, check with your local library, or go directly to the publisher.

Free copies of some articles may be obtained in these ways:

Free full-text Filter

Use the filter sidebar and click the Free full text available link to narrow your results to resources that are available for free on the web.

PubMed Central

Click the Abstract display “Free in PMC” icon to link to the article in PubMed Central.

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Free from the publisher

Click the free full text icon on the abstract format. Some publishers will provide free access to articles after you register as a guest.

Note: When you click a full text icon or link in PubMed, you leave PubMed and are directed to the full text at an external provider’s site. NCBI does not hold the copyright to this material, and cannot give permission for its use. Users should review all copyright restrictions set forth by the full text provider before reproducing, redistributing, or making commercial use of material accessed through LinkOut.

Please see the Copyright and Disclaimers page for additional information.

If you are affiliated with a hospital, university, or other institution

  • Your local medical library is your best option. If you see icons for your library on the abstract view this indicates that your library provides a link to the article, or has the journal in its collection.

Example library icons:

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If your library does not have access to the article you need, ask a librarian about ordering the article from another institution.

  • If you need articles on a routine basis consider using the Send to Order option.

First, you must register with a delivery service.

1.  The default article order service is the NLM-sponsored Loansome Doc service. This service is recommended for health professionals associated with a medical library, and provides the full-text of an article from participating medical libraries. Local fees and delivery methods will vary.
2.  If you are not affiliated with a medical library or want to change your document delivery provider to another service use the My NCBI Document Delivery.

After registering for Loansome Doc or another document ordering service use Send to Order to place the order:

1.   Click the check box next to each citation to order. You may move to other pages within your results to select additional citations.
2.  Click Send to, select Order.
3.  Follow the on-screen directions.

Note: For information on the medical libraries in your area (or country) that provide articles via Loansome Doc check the frequently asked questions (FAQ) including: How do I find an ordering library?

Local library

Some local libraries have copies of medical journals or can get a copy of an article for you. Ask your local librarian about inter-library loan options and charges.

For information on the medical libraries in your area (or country) that provide articles via the NLM-sponsored Loansome Doc service check the frequently asked questions (FAQ) including: How do I find an ordering library?

Direct from publisher

Journal publishers or related organizations may provide access to articles for a fee or may be free after registering as an individual or guest. When available, icons to these sources can be found on the Abstract format.

Additional links to articles may be available under LinkOut on the Abstract display.

Example abstract icons:

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How to get access to the Ebsco Medline Research Portal:

  1. Register for a Course
  2. Purchase an On-demand Module

Please note: Full text articles are limited to the 2,600+ journals in the subscription. This does guarantee you access to MILLIONS of full-text papers, but does not guarantee that you will be able to find a particular full-text article that you may be looking for.


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