Refresher: How to acquire an article using PubMed Single Citation Matcher

Suppose you have a citation and want to locate the full text of the article?

  1. Begin with PubMed
  2. Scroll down the mid section of the page and click on Single Citation Matcher.
  3. Fill in the information in the boxes provided. It is usually best to input only the journal title, volume, issue, and page number, as too much precise information can confuse the search engine. Sometimes you will need to try other combinations of information to help PubMed find your article, as bibliographies may contain typos.
  4. The abstract and citation information for your article will come up in a new page, including the PMID number at the bottom.
  5. When the abstract comes up, click on the RMU: Online Full-text link in the top right corner. If there is a free icon, such as PMC Full text,  you can obtain it online immediately. If there is a publisher’s link, such as Wiley or Springer, they will most likely want payment to access the article.
  6. If the article is not available, send it to the LRC by clicking on Send to; then Order; then Order Articles; LoansomeDoc through the PubMed website


Pearsall AW. Speer KP. Frozen shoulder syndrome: diagnostic and treatment strategies in the primary care setting. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 30(4 Suppl):S33-9, 1998 Apr. UI: 9565954

The online full text of this article is not available for free. To search for this article you will want to look in EBSCO.

  1. Go to EBSCO
  2. In off campus, on the authentication page, select your status (i.e. student/faculty), fill in user name and password (same as your WebStudy login)
  3. Click on Advanced Search.
  4. Type “Pearsall AW” in the first search box, then click on the drop down menu for the “field” and scroll down through the right-hand categories and click on AU author.
  5. In the second box, type in some significant words from the article title such as “shoulder syndrome diagnostic.” In the field box, scroll down to TI Title.
  6.  Click Search
  7. If it is not available full-text, click on the “Request this item through interlibrary loan,” fill out the requested information, and submit.


  1. Go to the Ovid website and sign in.
  2. To search for a specific article, click on Multi-Field Search.
  3. Type “Pearsall, AW” in the search box, and select Author from the drop down menu in the Fields box.
  4. In the second box, type significant words from the title and select Title from the drop down menu in the Fields box.
  5. Click on Search.
  6. Scroll down to see your search results.
  7. If Ovid has the article, it will most likely be full-text.
  8. Notice that on the right side you have several choices:  
  • Abstract
  • Complete Reference
  • Ovid Full Text

Click on Ovid Full Text to retrieve the full article. Note: articles are often presented both in HTML and as a PDF. If the article is not available, you can request it Interlibrary loan by clicking on Document Delivery and completing the request form.

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