Spotlight on… Full Text Articles

The next in our series of spotlight on library and knowledge services looks at full text articles.

Read on to find out about this service and how to access them…


Why do I need this service? searchicons-search-jobs-64

You may have an NHS OpenAthens account or you may have a university account that gives you access to journals via Shibboleth. Then one day you come across an abstract, lo and behold you cannot read the full article. So what do you do? You contact your local NHS Library and Knowledge Service!

Can I get full text articles? technology_mix_-_final-16-64

We can provide full text articles to NHS members of staff who are members of the library.

Students on placement may also request articles but any articles which are only available from the British Library,  we will not be able to obtain, so you will need to ask your university library to provide this.

There are of course resources where you can get the full articles using your NHS OpenAthens account. When you log in if you click on the “Resources” tab on the left of the screen, it will show you everything accessible via NHS OpenAthens for example ClinicalKey.

How do I request articles? seo_planchette_questionnaire-64

Either copy and send us the web link or provide us with as much information as possible:

Article Title


Journal name

Volume, Issue and Date

Alternatively, you can download an article request form at the bottom of this page.

How long does it take? seo_stopwatch_timer_performance-64

We aim to respond usually within 48 hours, though some requests may take longer if being sent in the post or from the British Library.

More information:

Poole Learning Resource Centre:

Royal Bournemouth Hospital Library:

Journal article request forms (online and printable) available from here

We can provide training on how to find evidence and accessing full text articles with your NHS OpenAthens account. Please contact us if you are interested in this.


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