October 2, 2009
Use Pubget for Quick Access to PDFs
Do you regularly use PubMed? Do you often wish it were easier to view and save the PDFs of journal articles?
Try Pubget -- illinois.pubget.com -- and see how this new tool saves steps so you can devote more time to your research.
Pubget is a search tool for the life sciences that searches PubMed and more. The Pubget search system is very similar to those of PubMed or Google Scholar. The difference is Pubget gets you the PDFs right away! The Pubget results screen shows the actual PDFs of the documents side-by-side with your search results. The Library has worked with Pubget so the pdfs for journals for which the University has licensed access are available (thanks for your help, Sharif!). For maximum functionality, be sure to register with Pubget, creating a personal login and password.
Read the latest issue of a journal:
- In the search box, type latest:, and then the name of the journal
- Click on a journal title in a results list
- Or, even better, if you're a registered user, customize the first screen so the latest journals of interest are listed.
As a registered user, you'll have the option to set up email alerts
Stash items of interest in Keepers, for quick access to the pdfs in the future (must be a registered user for this feature)
- Download pdfs one by one, as they appear on the screen
- Or, download up to 50 at a time, if you're a registered user, use Firefox, and have installed the Pubget downloader plugin
- For articles for which the University of Illinois does not have electronic access, the familiar DISCOVER link will appear. Use Discover to explore other options for access, including requesting the article from the library's Interlibrary Loan department
- Searching is quite robust. The advanced search, available from the results screen, supports searching by keyword (any/all), article title, journal title (publication), author, affiliation, last author, first author, MESH, and more
- Pubget's citation matching is stellar, so if you know the citation (journal, volume, pages, year), Pubget will locate the article quickly for you
- Pubget does not automatically "explode" searched concepts, such as occurs in PubMed. If you need to do a comprehensive search on your topic, search PubMed and other databases in addition to Pubget.
- Use this URL from off campus: illinois.pubget.com, and you'll be prompted for your netID and password before any PDFs can be displayed
- Or click on the link to Pubget found on the Biotechnology Information Center website (www.library.illinois.edu/biotech/), or in the ORR; you'll you'll be prompted for your netID and password.
- Or, access PubGet after logging in to the campus VPN
Pubget HELP is quite useful and is located at illinois.Pubget.com/site/help/.
Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions about Pubget to Katie Newman, email@example.com
Posted by Katie Newman at October 2, 2009 2:40 PM