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Journal articles

How to find articles

You can use various databases to search for journal articles on a topic. Pubmed is one of the most important and most used databases in the biomedical field. Besides PubMed, we offer many more databases.

Note: Although journal articles can be found in our catalogue SmartCat, we recommend that you always use PubMed or one of the other article databases to search for articles on a topic.

Need help with a search strategy?

Make an appointment

If you need help setting up a good search strategy, for example for a systematic review or a CAT, please schedule an appointment with a medical information specialist from the Central Medical Library.

Online information about article search

The CMB has compiled several guides with information on how to search for articles:

Sign up for a library workshop

We offer workshops for students and staff on how to search PubMed and how to conduct a systematic review:

How to get the full text of an article

  • Always open PubMed through the CMB website!
    This is important because only then will you see a red Get it! button next to all the articles.
Get-it!
  • Click 'Get it!' to go to the PDF
    When you have found an article, click on 'Get it!' to see if the library has access. There are two options:
    1. The article is available
      If the item is in our collection, the 'Get it!' button will take you directly to the full text (PDF) of the article.
    2. The article is not available: request it!
      If we don't have the article in our collection, 'Get it!' will take you to an intermediate screen where you can request the article from another library.
      UMCG employees can request for free at libraries worldwide, students only within the Netherlands.
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