Regional Health Science Libraries
Loansome Doc; DOCLINE
©2004 Melissa Kaplan
Have you ever read an article abstract and wanted to get your hands on the full article but didn't know where to go to get it?
Have you ever gone to order a full-text article reprint from a health or science journal's website only to be staggered by the cost of the reprint?
Fortunately, there is a way to get reasonably priced reprints: document delivery providers
Health Science Librarires
These libraries, open to the general public, maintain a growing collection of health-related materials that can be browsed for free in person at the library's physical location. The RHSLs have websites that can also be accessed on a more limited basis by the general public.
For a fee, anyone can request that the library order an article for them that the library doesn't already have in its collection, or get a copy of an article in the collection.
If you pay an annual membership fee (amount varies from library to library), you will be able to access more information online through the RHSL's website, and get a discounted rate for copies of articles you request from or through the library.
To find a list of regional and international health libraries, please go to the National Library of Medicine's Find A Document Delivery Provider page.
To be able to order articles online, especially when you are browsing PubMed, you will need to register with the National Health Library's Loansome Doc system
My RHSL's annual membership fee is currently $15 (and has been or a while). While the first article I order through my RHSL in any given year will effectively cost me $23 ($15 + $8), I'm still ahead of the game for most journal articles, and subsequent articles that year will be $8 each. If you are in the process of accumulating a lot of articles, this can be a huge savings over time. Plus you help support an important regional health information resource.
Fees for membership and article cost may vary from library to library (and country to country), but on the whole, they are a much better source, cost-wise, for those of us on very limited budgets.
To Order An Entrez PubMed Article
When you read an abstract that interests you enough to want to order it, click the drop-down menu next to the Send to option just above the journal name.
This will drop down the Send to menu; select the Order option:
Click the Send to button to take you to the Loansome Doc sign-in/registration site:
If you have not previously registered, use the Sign Up link to take you to the registration process, which will include your selecting the regional library closest to you.
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