Finding Full Text

Finding the Full Text of Journal Articles (printable pdf)


NOTE: If you do not wish to look for full text on your own or need help doing so, please contact our Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery team at, (317) 274-7184 OR go to the Interlibrary Loan page at and click on ILLiad Login.


Linking to Full Text from Databases

  • Go to the Ruth Lilly Database page
  • Click on the name of the database to be searched.  Search as you normally would.  NOTE: If you are off-campus, you will need to use a VPN connection ( OR enter your IU User ID and password before you can access the resource.
  • Look for Full Text links or the finditbutton.png button.
  • If an Article or Journal link is found, click on it to access the full text.  NOTE: If following a Journal link, you may need to search the publisher’s site for the specific article you require.
  • In PubMed, you may see additional links:
    • iusmbutton.gif Ruth Lilly Medical Library has a subscription
    • printcollectionbutton.JPG Ruth Lilly Medical Library owns a print copy. Can request Interlibrary Loan to scan.
    • pmcbutton.JPG PubMed Central full text
    • springerbutton.JPG Example of a link to the journal publisher. Individual articles may or may not be freely available. If payment is required to obtain an item, request an interlibrary loan to receive a copy at no charge.

Publisher Direct Links

The A-Z Journals link is available from the Medical Library home page ( under Popular Resources. Search this if you already have a citation or want to see an entire journal. This list includes not only paid subscriptions but free journals as well.

  • Click on the A-Z Journals link on the Medical Library’s home page. 
    • Type the first few letters of the journal’s name in the Search box and click Search


  • Click on the first letter of the journal’s name on the alphabet bar and scroll to the journal you want.



NOTE: You may sometimes see multiple dates from different information providers. Make sure to click on a link that matches the date you are seeking.


Example:      JNCI : Journal of the National Cancer Institute  (0027-8874)

  • from 1940 to 1995 in Oxford Journals Medicine Archive
  • from 01/01/1996 to present in HighWire Press
  • from 2003 to present in IngentaConnect

Automatically Adding Full Text Articles to your EndNote Library

For additional information on using EndNote, see


Once you have your references exported into EndNote, it will automatically search for PDFs of those references and attach each PDF to its reference. But before you do that, follow these directions to make sure that EndNote is searching for the Ruth Lilly Medical Library's paid resources and not just free articles.

  • First, create an EndNote library or open up an existing library before you follow these instructions.
    • Click on Edit > Preferences (Windows) or EndNote X7 >Preferences (Macintosh) and Find Full Text
    • in the OpenURL Path box paste in this URL -  and click OK (Windows) or Save (Macintosh).
    • Select the references for which you want to add PDFs and use the References > Find Full Text command (twice). EndNote will generally locate about 50%-60% of the total references in your library, indicated by a paper clip inserted to the left of the reference.
  • Ask a librarian ( about locating PDFs that do not appear right away or refer to the Using EndNote section of EndNote guide above.

Google Scholar

  • Go to
  • Click on the small gear (Settings) near the top of the page.
  • Under Search Results on the left side of the page, click on Library Links.
  • If there is no IU/IUPUI link already present, enter Indiana University in the search box and select your campus.
  • When finished selecting libraries, click the Save button at the bottom of the page. This will make Find It @ links visible at the right of any items owned in full text.
  • Click on the Find It @ link. If an Article or Journal link is found, click on it to access the full text. NOTE: If following a Journal link, you may need to search the publisher’s site for the specific article you require.
  • If there is no electronic full text, click on the IU School of Medicine Libraries Document Delivery link and log in to ILLiad. The information about your desired article will appear in the form. Click Submit when finished. 


As always, if you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to email us at or call us at 317-274-7182. 

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