E-Journal FAQs

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Availability

How do I find out what journals or articles are available electronically? Is there an alphabetical list of electronic journals?
The quickest way is to use GalterSearch. You can search by title, keyword, author or subject. We do not have an alphabetical list of journals - creating one on the fly slows the performance of the library's website. To find only electronic journals on a given subject, click Browse By Subject at the bottom of the GalterSearch form.

Note: Not all our electronically-available journals are indexed in PubMed. 

How do I tell what years are available electronically?
After locating a journal in GalterSearch, click "Online Access" to display the years of coverage available electronically. If a title has any restrictions on its date coverage, such as the previous year's worth of issues being unavailable, then that will be mentioned.

Why aren't more years covered electronically?
Financial considerations usually determine which years are available electronically. Most journals are covered from the mid-90s onwards. Some content providers specialize in archival issues, such as JSTOR.

Why can't I get a PDF of a journal article that's available online?
Publishers offer their journals in HTML or PDF formats (and sometimes both). PDF (Portable Document Format) is usually preferable because it mirrors the print version, complete with images, typeface, and pagination. Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view it (available on the Adobe website at no cost). No additional software is needed to view HTML articles. Unfortunately, the library has no control over which format the publisher offers, but the majority of publishers now offer their journal articles in PDF format, and you will find that older content is only available in HTML.

Why aren't all the journals available online through MEDLINE?
The library offers access to MEDLINE via two separate interfaces, Ovid and PubMed. Ovid MEDLINE provides full-text links to many titles in the library's e-journals collection through Journals@Ovid and OpenLinks. PubMed provides access to many more titles through its LinkOut feature. Owing to licensing restrictions, not all publishers will provide links to their journals in MEDLINE. If you do not see a direct full text link in either versionof MEDLINE, make sure to click on the Find it @ NU icon. This will often retrieve access to full text that might not be listed on the previous screen and will provide a link to order articles via interlibrary loan from journals not licensed by NU libraries.

If the library doesn't have the journal I want, what are my options?

Place an interlibrary loan request. Turnaround time is usually 3 to 10 working days and the article will be made available for you to download in electronic format.

How do I request the library subscribe to a particular journal?
If you would like to suggest that the library acquire access to a particular title, then please fill out the Request an Item be Added to the Collection form.

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Access

How do I access e-journals while on campus?
There are a number of ways to access e-journals while on campus:

  • If you already have a citation, go to the Galter Library home page and go to GalterSearch. Search for the journal title and access it directly.
  • If you are searching MEDLINE using PubMed or Ovid , look for full-text links, where available. See the section below for further details on the full-text features in these databases.
  • If you know the name of the journal you need, search NUcat to see if it is available in full-text.

How do I access e-journals while off-campus?
To access journals when off-campus, you must be signed in to the library website. This easy procedure authenticates you as a Galter Library affiliate and allows us to provide electronically-licensed content to you at an off-campus location. Once you have registered and signed in, use the Galter Library website as normal.

I'm at NMH, RIC, or NMFF and I can't access an e-journal. Why not?
Not all Galter e-journals are accessible from all locations on the Chicago Campus. Some publishers will only allow us to include one site in our license and that may not include NMH or RIC.

If you are at NMH, RIC, or NMFF and are unable to access an e-journal, sign in to the library website. You will need a NetID and a library bar code to create an account. This should authenticate you as a Galter Library affiliate and allow you access to our electronic resources.

If you still experience problems, call the Reference Desk at (312) 503-8109 or email us.

I'm at CMH and I can't access an e-journal. Why not?
Owing to licensing restrictions, not all of our electronic journals are available at other affiliated hospitals. If it is not, you can access the Galter e-journals through GalterSearch if you are Feinberg School of Medicine faculty. To do this, you must register for a library website account.

I'm unable to access a journal in Ovid. Why not?
The Galter Library provides access to a number of journals through its Ovid databases: MEDLINE and Journals@Ovid. If you are on campus, you should have no problem accessing these resources and the full-text journal articles that are included within them. If you are off-campus, you need to sign in to the library website. As only a certain number of users can access the Ovid resources at any one time, you may receive a message indicating that the number of licensed users is maxed out. If you see this message, just try again in a few minutes. If you experience any difficulties, please call the Reference Desk at (312) 503-8109 or email us.

Why can't I access the article I want in an e-journal?
There a number of possibilities:

  • The journal may not be accessible from your particular location. Sign in to the library website and try connecting to the journal again.
  • Our subscription or licensing agreement may not cover the dates of coverage that you need. Many journals only go back a certain number of years and some journals (very few) will not offer access to their content during the current 12 months. This information should be listed in the journal record in GalterSearch.
  • If  you have signed in and are still unable to access a journal, call the Reference Desk at (312) 503-8109 or email us. It is possible that there is a problem with our access or the publisher's site is down.

I can only access an older issue of a journal online. Why is this?
Some journals restrict access to their electronic content to archival issues, i.e. issues older than a year. The library would have to pay an additional fee to obtain access to the more recent issues. This information should be listed in the journal record in GalterSearch.

How can I link to journals through PubMed or Ovid?

The Galter Library provides access to many electronic articles directly from PubMed or Ovid MEDLINE.

  • Access PubMed from the Popular Resources section on the Galter Library website. This links to an NU-specific PubMed address that will display electronic journal links in PubMed when you search for journal literature. When you have performed your search in PubMed, display the results in the "Abstract" format. Any citations with full-text links will have a "Galter Full-Text Online" icon embedded in them. Click the icon to access the article online. Note: Not all of the library's electronic journals are linked in PubMed. If you son't see a direct link, click on the Find it @ NU icon to see if we have access to it through another source.
  • Access Ovid MEDLINE from the Popular Resources section on the Galter Library website. Perform your search as normal and survey your results. Any articles with full-text availability will have links to one of the following: Ovid Full Text, Full Text, or Find It @ NU. Click the link to access the article online.

 

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Printing

Can I download and print articles?
If an e-journal is available in HTML format, it can be printed directly from your web browser. If it is available in PDF, then Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view it (available on the Adobe website at no cost). You can then print the PDF article quite easily.

Can I save articles to a disk or my desktop to use later?
Articles in HTML format can be saved as HTML files, but any graphics may be lost in the process. To save a PDF article, use the Save icon in the Acrobat Reader menu bar.

What is the difference between HTML and PDF?
Publishers offer their journals in HTML or PDF formats (and sometimes both). PDF (Portable Document Format) is usually preferable because it mirrors the print version, complete with images, typeface, and pagination. Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view it (available on the Adobe website at no cost). No additional software is needed to view HTML articles. Unfortunately, the library has no control over which format the publisher offers, but the majority of journal articles accessible through the library are offered in PDF. Many publishers also offer content in EPUB format or other tablet, mobile phone, and eReader friendly formats. 

Is the image quality in an electronic journal article comparable to the print version?
The image quality may not be completely comparable to the print version. However, it will usually be better than a photocopy. Sometimes images are missing from the electronic version due to publisher agreements. PDF articles are usually of a higher quality than HTML versions.

How do I print from ClinicalKey?
For books in ClinicalKey (formerly MD Consult), look for a link to the "Print Version" at the top of the screen. Once clicked, a new window will appear. Click the "Print Page" button in the window. All journals in ClinicalKey have PDF versions.

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Updated: August 24th, 2015 09:53