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Systematic Reviews

Finding Full-Text Articles

Before making a request for full-text articles through interlibrary loan, please complete these steps below to search for the full-text articles. If you are working with individuals from other institutions, please ensure that they check their library collections as well.

Prior to checking the sources below, be sure to run the full-text finder in EndNote (or other citation management tool, like Zotero). If you are working with a Duke medical librarian on a review, this step may be completed for you. Ensure that your EndNote preferences link to the library by going to Preferences > Find Full-Text and entering this text into the Open URL path:

Steps to Find Full-Text Articles

There are many ways to connect to the full-text. Below are three options, ranked by ease and efficiency.

Usually, using the Duke Libraries Search Widget works really well. If not, you can try these additional options. 

If you have multi-institutional team members, have them search Google Scholar as well, along with their own institution libraries.

Our interlibrary loan service is no charge to Duke borrowers for all article requests. If there are copyright or other fees associated with your article request, we will contact you.

  1. Find the article citation in a database: If you aren't already in a citation database, go back to PubMed or other citation database such as Scopus, Embase, or Web of Science to look up the article. Why? Because our Get it @ Duke button will fill out the ILL form for you with all the article information – this saves you time and ensures greater citation accuracy.
  2. Click the GetIt@Duke button: Once you locate the article in a citation database, click the Get It @ Duke link.
  3. Select second button to request as Med Center User: From the page that says “We don't have this online — see below for other ways to get it” click the green button that says “Request – Med Center users.”
  4. Log on with your DHE / NetID username and password: This will take you to the ILL form. The article information will be filled into the form automatically. Scroll to the bottom and click submit.

If you can't find the citation in a database, you can place a request manually through our interlibrary loan service. Follow the steps below.

Questions about Interlibrary Loan? All interlibrary loan questions should go to Louis Wiethe, Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Manager, 919.660.1179 or