Answered By: Ming Guang Han
Last Updated: May 25, 2020     Views: 34614

PubMed is a free database that contain items from various sources including Medline. While PubMed might link you to free articles in PMC or other open access or free titles, most items require a subscription, some of which we might not have access to.

So how can I ensure that I am able to access the articles in PubMed?

Method 1:

One way where you can access some of the PMC articles that require a subscription is to access PubMed through the Library Portal:

  1. First open up your internet browser and head to the Library Portal
  2. Click on the Database Tab and key in PubMed and select PubMed


  1. Login with your NUSNET ID and Password when prompted
  2. Conduct your PubMed search and when you come across an article that requires a subscription, click on Findit@NUS Libraries under the Full Text Links section in the abstract and you should be able to access the full text.


Method 2:

The second method of accessing articles that requires a subscription in PubMed does not require you to access PubMed via the library portal. However, it requires you to install the Library Proxy bookmarklet.

  1. First, make sure you installed the Library Proxy bookmarklet on your browser of choice
  2. Head to PubMed and conduct your search
  3. Once you come across an article you want that requires a subscription, click on the publisher's link under the Full Text Links section


  1. Once you click on the link and you are in the publisher's website, you can then apply the Library Proxy bookmarklet to access the full text


If you are still unable to access full-text despite using these 2 methods, please feel free to email us with the details of the article.

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