Why are so many of the search results that I find on PubMed not available in full text? I don’t have this same issue with the other library databases.


PubMed is not a subscription library database. It is a free online search engine maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Although anyone can search on it, it can’t provide access to most of the articles in its search results because those still come from various academic journals that require a subscription.

If you ever run into a pay-walled article on PubMed, Google Scholar, or any other online search engine, you can easily check to see if it’s already available in the Sacred Heart Library databases by searching for the specific article with the Citation Linker tool on the library website, which is located under Search in the website’s menu bar.

Another tool called Libkey Nomad is a Chrome browser extensions that allows you to access full text articles no matter where you are searching online. Watch our short Using Libkey Nomad Video Tutorial or go directly to the Google Chrome Web Store and search for LibKey Nomad under extensions. 

  • Last Updated Apr 12, 2022
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  • Answered By Jeffrey Orrico

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