FAQ for Finding Full Text at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick (NCI-F)

Full Text in PubMed

What do the full text icons do?

When you click on the icon in PubMed or the “NCIF Full Text Online” links in OneSearch, you will leave the database where you are searching and be directed to the full text provider's site. If the Library does not subscribe to the journal, or if it is not freely available, you may click the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” button (NCI-Frederick employees and contractors only) in PubMed. In OneSearch, the “Request Full Text” links will lead you to the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” button.

At the request form, enter your PIV card number and click the Submit button. The form should be pre-populated with your contact information and the article information. Confirm the information is correct and click the Send button to submit your request to Library staff. You should receive an email with your request information. A Library staff member will email you when your item is available.

If you encounter any issues, please contact the Library to report the problem.

Why can I view the full text for some issues of a journal and not for others?

Access to full text is determined by the terms of the subscription license or contract between the Scientific Library and/or NIH Library and the full text provider. The full text provider determines which years and issues are available on the Internet and the cost of accessing these issues.

What if the Scientific Library does not subscribe to a journal, but I want the full text?

If the Library does not have print or online access, we can always obtain a copy of the article for you at no charge from another library. Use our convenient online Article/Book Request Form. Clicking on the NCI-Frederick FULL-TEXT icon in PubMed will direct you to a page where you may click the “Request via Interlibrary Loan button” (NCI-Frederick employees and contractors only) to submit a pre-populated form to Library staff.

For a complete and searchable list of the Scientific Library's full text online journals, check our OneSearch

What if I need more help?

If you have any questions or need to report a problem with the Library's full text service, please feel free to contact us.


Full Text in PubMed

How do I access full text in PubMed?

The Scientific Library provides links to web-accessible resources directly from PubMed citations. You can use these icons to determine whether the NCI-F Scientific Library provides online full text access to a journal article or whether you need to request the article from the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service.

Access the Library’s icons for full text by connecting to PubMed using a special URL, unique to the Scientific Library: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?otool=mducfrlib

We recommend that you add this unique URL to your favorites list.

How do I 'turn on' the Scientific Library's full text icons in PubMed?

There are three ways to see the Scientific Library's icons in PubMed.

  1. Always enter PubMed through the "PubMed" link on the Scientific Library website.
  2. Always enter PubMed through our unique URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?otool=mducfrlib
  3. Use your My NCBI account
    • Go to PubMed
    • Sign in to My NCBI
    • Click the "My NCBI" link to access your My NCBI account or for New PubMed:
      • Click the button showing your user name in the top right corner of the
        screen and click on the Dashboard link
    • Click on "NCBI Site Preferences" in the top right of the screen below the blue bar
    • Under "PubMed Preferences" click the "Outside Tool" category
    • Click "N" on the alphabet bar at the top of the page
    • Locate "NCI at Frederick, Scientific Library, MD" on the list and click the radio button to the left of it
    • Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the screen
    • This choice should be listed in your PubMed Preferences list next to Outside Tool
    • When you search PubMed, you should see the Library’s icon appear in your search results when displayed in Abstract format or as an individual record

How do I know if the Scientific Library has the full text when searching PubMed?

When you enter PubMed through a "PubMed" link on the Library website , you will see the "NCI-Frederick FULL-TEXT" icons on all citations in your search results displayed in Abstract format.

You will see this icon

Click the icon to be directed to a page that will link to full text. If the Library does not subscribe to a title, you will see a “Request via Interlibrary Loan” button leading to the Library’s Article/Book Request Form.

Where can I see the icons in PubMed?

Search PubMed as usual. Then, select 'Abstract' from the Format dropdown menu. You will see the Scientific Library's icons. The icons appear on all citations, whether the Library subscribes to the journal or not. To see the icons, you MUST enter PubMed using one of the Library's three methods listed above.

What online journals are available through PubMed?

Full text journal articles are available directly through the Library’s icons, if the Scientific Library has access to that electronic journal through a licensing agreement or subscription with the publisher.

You can also find links to free full text in PubMed.

Some records in PubMed show an icon that is not the Scientific Library icon. What does this mean?

Some publishers provide PubMed with links to their journal articles through these icons. In some cases, the full text is free. In other cases, access requires a subscription, or the article may be available on a "pay-for-view" basis using a credit card.

For best results, always click on the NCI-Frederick FULL-TEXT icon to access the full text or the Library’s Article/Book Request Form, or you can look for a free full text icon.

If you have any questions or need to report a problem with PubMed's LinkOut service, please feel free to contact the Scientific Library..