Answered By: Services *Research & Liaison
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2022     Views: 4533

Most of our databases are configured to give you Get it! buttons with each retrieved citation, Get it! menus offer fulltext links or other options, such as, Catalog search and/or Interlibrary Loan request forms. Since PubMed is a free resource, WUSTL holdings do not automatically appear there. Instead PubMed often will offer a link to the publisher's site for fulltext. These will often work, but sometimes they are missing and sometimes they do not work for free because they go to the publisher and WUSTL access is at another site, e.g., JSTOR. You can have Get It! menus for PubMed in three ways:

  1. Use the generic URL for PubMed [ or ] and use the graphic link to fulltext which usually works.
    When there is no graphic link to fulltext in PubMed or when it doesn't work, then copy and paste the PMID number into this form: Citation Linker. Citation Linker will generate a Get It! menu for you.
  2. Use the special WU Libraries URL for PubMed:
    This URL is the PubMed link throughout the library web site and library research guides. NOTE: For prepublication citations, it is best to use the graphic link to fulltext when it is supplied by PubMed. Get it! links may not work properly for the most recent articles.
  3. Best option for frequent PubMed users: Set your Outside Tool Preference in My NCBI Preferences to Washington Univ. in St. Louis, Danforth Campus and be sure your browser accepts cookies.  You may want to also choose Washington University Medical School Becker Library, MO in your Filters & Icons / Linkout preferences. Then you can continue to use the URL and the WU Get it! buttons  will display. You may need to login to My NCBI occasionally. More information about My NCBI. This method also works when you follow links to PubMed from Google and other online sources.

2 minute Need the Full Text Article tutorial from NCBI -- especially useful for non-WUSTL folks

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