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Pharmacy Students and Residents: Getting Started at UC San Diego: Find Articles

A guide for new Pharmacy students and residents on the resources and services available at the UC San Diego Library.

How Can I Find Articles on My Topic?


The key database you will use quite often is PubMed.  Go beyond just entering keywords and learn how to make the database work harder for you.  

  • Learn how to use Clinical Queries and Limits.  
  • Check the Search Tips & Tutorials page for links to a couple different tutorials.
  • Use My NCBI to set up filters
  • Know that MeSH terms can make a big difference -- call me if you need help with a search


Where else to check?

Not sure where to start?  Maybe your topic is not covered well in PubMed and another database will do better.

How Can I Find a Specific Article?

Sometimes you know exactly what article you want and you're just trying to figure out if you can get a copy at the library.  If you have the citation information (title, author, journal title, volume number, etc.), there are 2 ways you can find out.

Harnad, S. "Why and how we are Not Zombies." Journal of Consciousness Studies 1.2 (1994): 164-7. 

1.  Catalog Search

  • Go to the catalog
  • Do at Title/Journal Title search for the name of the journal
  • If you get too many results limit it to Journals/Serials
  • E-journals are found in the same way.  If a journal is available online,  links are provided to the full-text.
  • If the article isn't available online, check to see if we have the year you need in print. Then note the Location & Call Number.


2.  Citation Linker -- using UC-eLinks

  • Go the Citation Linker form
  • Select the type of item you seek -- book, book chapter, journal article, etc. 
  • Fill in as much information as you have -- the example below is an article with the article title, name of the journal, & the volume number
  • Click Continue   

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  • The UC-eLinks screen (see below) will appear with your options for electronic access or print aceess th rough Roger (see instructions above) 
  • If we don't have the article you need, use the Request link and request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.  Articles are usually sent by email in 4-7 business days.


How Can I Get to the Full-Text?

How to find the full-text of the article:

Some databases include the full text of the article in the database.  Look for icons or links that say:

  • HTML  (good version for reading on a computer screen)
  • PDF  (good version for printing or saving to a portable drive)
  • Full Text  (no specific format listed, but full text nonetheless)

If the article isn't available full-text within the database you found it, click on the orange UC-eLinks button  uc elinks to checkfor other full text as well as print options.  UC-eLinks checks to see if the article is available through UC San Diego Libraries's subscriptions - whether it is online or in print. 

UC-eLinks makes it easy to:

  1. Check for online access
  2. Check the catalog (Roger) for the print version
  3. Use Request to have us get a copy from another library (known as interlibrary loan)
  4. Format the citation information in one of 5 sytles to easily paste into your bibliography - use Copy & Paste citation

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Off-Campus Access

Can I search for articles at home?

Yes! The Library online resources are restricted so that only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can view them from off-campus. In order to get access to these resources from an off-campus computer, you need to connect your computer to the UCSD network.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  2. Web VPN


The article I need isn't here - How can I get a copy?

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the service libraries provide when they do not own the item you want.  We will work with our partner libraries and borrow a book, video, or get a scan of a journal article at your request. 

  • If working in a database, look for the Request link in UC-eLinks. 
  • Know the details of a specific citation you need?  If so, use Citation Linker to look for it in UCSD's collection and make your request if we don't have it.  (See details).
  • Check the status of or renew an ILL item?  For details on how to, see Viewin Your ILL Requests on Using My Library Account tab.