Article Linker FAQs

What is Article Linker?

Article Linker is an enhancement to our A-Z Journals that allows TUC Library users to connect directly to the full text of articles available in the Library’s electronic collections. There are two primary ways Article Linker helps you to access full-text resources:

  1. You can use Article Linker to look for a known article using the Article Linker form. Enter a PubMed ID (PMID), a DOI, or citation information and go directly to the full-text available through TUC subscriptions. In the case where we do not subscribe to the journal, Article Linker makes it easy to submit an interlibrary loan request.
  2. When searching within Scopus, Google ScholarPubMed and our ProQuest and EBSCO databases, Article Linker enables 1-click access to full-text where available. 

What do I need to enter in the Article Linker form to get to the full text?

If you have a PubMed ID (PMID) or a DOI, that is all you need to submit in order to check for full text. If you do not have a PMID or DOI, you will need to enter enough of the citation information for Article Linker to be able to distinguish what article you want. Usually it is best to enter all available information, provided that the information is correct. If you need help verifying a citation or locating an article's DOI or PMID, please ask a librarian.

How do I find a PMID or DOI?

A PubMed ID number (PMID) is the unique identification number assigned to each article indexed in MEDLINE. When searching PubMed, locate the PMID below the abstract when looking at the abstract view, or below the journal information in the search results view.

Screenshot showing PMID.

A DOI is a number assigned by the publisher that is unique to each journal article. The DOI can be found on the pdf itself, or as part of the citation details in a database or on the publisher's website.

Screenshot showing DOI.

In what format should I enter citation information?

  • Date: Enter the date numerically (no words) and always use a 4-digit year – e.g. MM/ YYYY, YYYY-MM-DD. Or, just input the 4-digit year.
  • Page: Enter the start page of the article
  • Author (lastname): Enter the last name of the first author of the article.

Why is a ‘Get Article’ link not always available?

If an article link is absent from the Article Linker results page, it could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • The article is too recent to be loaded on the publisher's web site.
  • TUC Library does not subscribe to the electronic full text for that particular journal title and date.
  • The provider of the journal may not support the type of linking that works with Article Linker.
  • Citation information is incorrect or is insufficient to trigger an article level link.

How do I get to the article if there is only a ‘Go to Journal’ link?

In cases where Article Linker can only take you to the journal's table of contents or a database home page, you will have to browse the table of contents to locate the issue and article you need, or search the database to retrieve the full-text article.

I see a ‘Get Article’ link, but the full-text of the article is not available. Why?

This can occur for several reasons:

  • Citation information for the article appears in a database before the publisher has made the full text available.
  • There is a broken link, or an error on the side of the full text provider.

I have more questions about Article Linker

Please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian with any Article Linker questions or problems.