Answered By: Julie Trumble
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015     Views: 123

Keeping up with the medical literature may become a new challenge after leaving UTMB. Your next situation may not offer the same ready access to full-text journal articles and other sources of biomedical information that you enjoyed at UTMB. The National Library of Medicine has several programs that can help you with access to the journal literature.


PubMed is the freely available interface to the Medline database and can be used to help you identify articles on topics of interest and recent developments in research and practice. If you have been using Ovid or another access to Medline and would like more information about PubMed, please contact a Reference Librarian for more information.


One of PubMed’s features is to help searchers connect to the full-text of articles.Some articles are available for free via PubMed Central and some publishers make their content freely available. Fees charged by publishers can be high, but there is an alternative. Loansome Doc is a program that enables you to establish an agreement with a nearby regional medical library. Loansome Doc charges vary by library, but are usually lower than purchasing the article directly from the publisher. Once you have an agreement with a library, requests can be sent to the library from your PubMed search results.

The Library has also provided links to resources on the Alumni Guide.