Linking to Library Resources

Accessing Full Text Online through PubMed and Other Databases

The Strauss Health Sciences Library integrates online full text directly with PubMed and other databases through the Library Search/Article Linker online system.

Depending on the content provider, links to the content may be available at the article, journal, or database levels.

Full Text from PubMed

Note: To get PubMed to display links to the library's licensed full text via Article Linker, you must do one of the following:

  • Use PubMed links on the Strauss Health Sciences Library web site:
  • Set up your PubMed My NCBI account to display our Article Linker button through the PubMed Outside Tool option
    ​To set up the PubMed Outside Tool:
    • Log in to My NCBI and click on “NCBI Site Preferences” in the upper right-hand menu.
    • Under “PubMed Preferences” click on “Outside Tool”
    • Click on the letter “U” at the top of the page
    • Scroll down and click on the circle next to “University of Colorado, Strauss Health Sciences Library”
    • Scroll to the top and click on “Save”
    • Now, whenever you search PubMed you can login to My NCBI and you will see the Article Linker button.

LibKey Nomad

One option for finding full-text is using LibKey Nomad; a browser extension (also known as a browser plugin or browser add-on) that provides instant links to full-text articles subscribed to by the Strauss Health Sciences Library as well as open access articles. Click here to learn more about LibKey Nomad

Article Linker button in PubMed

A common way to find full-text is by using our Article Linker buttons in PubMed. This button appears at the citation level of articles in all PubMed web pages. Click the button to check if full text is available at the library:

Strauss Library Article linker button

Full text access via Article Linker

After clicking the button, look for blue hot links in the white display box that appear next to "Full text available at:" text. Clicking the blue link will direct you to the resource. You may be taken directly to the resource or you may only be taken to the journal and will need to navigate to the specific article using the citation information. 

Arrow pointing to article access link in library catalog record.

When the library does not provide online full-text access to a particular title, we may have it in print only or not at all.

In cases where no full text is available, you can click here order the article through the Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad system.

Library catalog record message showing no full text is available for this resource.

Reporting a Problem from Article Linker

If you should encounter Article Level or Journal Title Level links that are not working from Article Linker, or encounter other problems we encourage you to Report a Problem. Clicking the link will take you to a quick web form where you can quickly describe the problem and leave us your contact information.

Report a problem link in the library catalog record.

Publisher's full-text buttons in PubMed—off-campus vs. on campus

In the screenshot below, you'll see two buttons, Elsevier Full-text Article and Health Sciences Library Article Linker, for accessing full text. In many cases when you are on campus, you can click the publisher button (e.g. the Elsevier button in this screenshot) to go directly to the full-text article. However, if you are off-campus, the publisher button will take you to publisher web pages which explain payment options for the full text in question. From off-campus, you should always use the Article Linker button.

Full text publisher and library article linker buttons.

When you have a citation in hand and need full text

We recommend using PubMed's Citation Matcher. After using Citation Matcher, click on the Article Linker button to find out your linking or ordering options.

You can also use the Article Linker's, Citation Linker. For non-medical citations, this is your best option.

Why is the "article-level link" not always available?

In cases where Article Linker can only take you to the journal's table of contents or a database home page, you will have to browse the table of contents to locate the issue and article you need, or search the database or publisher web site directly to retrieve the full-text article.

If the article link is absent from the Article Linker results page it could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • The library does not subscribe to the full text for that particular title
  • There is not enough data in the search criteria provided by PubMed or the publisher to trigger an article-level link. Try searching the publisher's web site directly.
  • The publisher or provider of the journal does not fully support OpenURL technology. Try searching the publisher's web site directly.
  • The publisher of the title may not provide full text online of that particular item (If it appears that the library subscribes to an item, yet the item is not available from the publisher, contact us and we will investigate).


Please contact us with any questions or comments via the AskUs web page.