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Quick Article Retrieval: Home

This guide will help you quickly retrieve articles from the FNU Library using various techniques.

How to retrieve an article using the PMID

Often times when searching for an article using Google, you will find yourself on PubMed looking at an article abstract with no clear way to get the full text. This is because there is a free version of PubMed that is not linked to the FNU Library holdings. There are two ways to quickly see if FNU has access to the article. First, you can copy the PMID and paste it into FNU’s version of PubMed (

The other option would be to paste the PMID into EBSCOhost MEDLINE in the top search box and click "search".

What is a DOI?

DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier.

The DOI system originated around 1998. The purpose of a doi number is to give a registered object a permanent, unique, digital identifier for verification and access purposes. Not all articles will have a doi number but most will. Most of the time, the databases where you find an article's citation will provide the doi number for you or the doi number will appear on the pdf of the article but sometimes you may have to go directly to the publisher's website to find a doi number.

Below is an example of a doi. Click the link and see where it takes you.

Creating Permalink in EBSCOhost

LibKey Nomad

Citation Matcher



Only have an article title? Plug the title into the Discovery search box on our homepage. The Discovery tool will search all of the library, bringing you to the full text or allowing you to order the article via Interlibary Loan. 

Frontier Bookmarklet

Check FNU Library

Drag and drop the button to your bookmarks bar to install.

The button will enable you to install a bookmark in your browser that will authenticate you as an FNU student if you stumble across an article through a general web search and you want to see if FNU has access to the full text. The bookmark will only allow you to access the full text of articles in FNU's holdings so if you use the bookmark and still can't access the full text, either contact a librarian or submit an interlibrary loan request. 

Need the bookmarklet on your phone or tablet?

Instructions for mobile devices:

  1. Press and hold the button above until a menu pops up. Select "Copy URL."
  2. Create a new bookmark (it doesn't matter which site)
  3. Edit the bookmark, replacing the URL with the copied bookmarklet URL.
  4. Rename the bookmark.
  5. You can also copy the code below.