FAQ: Electronic Journals

How do I know if the OHSU Library has electronic access to the full text of a journal?

Electronic journals are listed in the catalog along with print journals. You can limit your search to just journals by using the journal search page. Links to full text will be in a box labeled Electronic Access and will show the source of the full text, e.g. ScienceDirect or Wiley InterScience.

Finding electronic journals

A link to Free electronic journals is also available on the journal search page.

How do I find out if a journal is available electronically if the OHSU Library does not have it?

  • Search Stanford University's Highwire Press site. It lists over 15 million articles from over 4,500 PubMed journals, including over 873,000 free full text articles from over 850 HighWire-hosted journals.
  • Do a phrase search on the journal title in a Web search engine that supports phrase searching (e.g. Google). Often the journal web page or other information from the publisher will be in the first few items found. If you find a Web site for the journal, try to access the article. Some ejournals include a few free articles per year, and others do free trials before they institute access restrictions. You might get lucky!
  • Go to PubMed and browse the alphabetical list to locate the journal title. It will take you to articles in that journal. Click on a year. Click on the blue author line of any journal. When the citation comes up in PubMed, it may give you a link to the ejournal publisher or aggregator.
  • Check New Jour, the Internet list for new journals and newsletters available on the Internet.

 How do I establish links to specific articles?

  • If the article is in OVID MEDLINE, you can link to a specific article using a procedure called Jump Start. For information on how to create Jump Start links, please e-mail library@ohsu.edu.
  • If the title is listed in the OHSU Library catalog with a link the library can assist with providing an open url through WebBridge, a link resolver. Send email to library@ohsu.edu for assistance. For more information about WebBridge please see the WebBridge FAQ.
  • Some publishers do not allow direct linking to specific articles. Be sure to check the Terms of Use located on the ejournal web site for rights and restrictions.

 Are ejournals linked to databases?

WebBridge, a link resolver, is the primary way that we link articles in ejournals to database citations. Several databases offer the WebBridge link for access to full text including Ovid, PubMed, ScienceDirect, Web of Science and EBSCOhost. For more information about WebBridge please see the WebBridge FAQ.

 Are there full text biomedical journals and documents on the Internet that are free?

Many of the free or open access medical and scientific journals noted below have been cumulated in the Free electronic journals list also available from the journal search page.

  • HighWire Press is one of the largest archives of free full-text articles with over 873,000 free full text articles from over 850 HighWire-hosted journals as of May 2005. HighWire Press at Stanford University develops and maintains the Web versions of important journals in biomedicine and other disciplines. A list of journals with free full-text articles online is available.
  • PubMed Central - Free archive is a digital archive of life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The intent is to cover all subjects and languages. There are over 1500 journals in the directory. Currently 400 journals are searchable at article level. As of June 2005 73620 articles are included in the DOAJ service.
  • FreeMedicalJournals.com is a site that was created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet. Over 1400 titles are included and can be sorted by specialty, title or language.

These other sites include free content.

Why do you list publications that are not medical or scientific?

Most of our out-of-scope publications come from the EBSCOhost databases, which include large collections of full text articles on business and general interest topics as well as health and science materials. We obtained these databases through a group purchase negotiated by the Oregon State Library. By participating in this group purchase, we were able to obtain Health Source: Consumer Edition and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, along with all the other EBSCOhost databases, at a very reasonable price.

We include most of the publications in the EBSCOhost databases in our catalog because:

  • Out-of-scope publications are sometimes requested by OHSU staff and/or used by patients and visitors to our campus
  • It would require significant amounts of staff time to identify and remove out-of-scope titles each time EBSCOhost sends us an updated list of titles. It is much easier and therefore cheaper for us to load the entire list as we receive it from EBSCOhost.

How can I link to electronic journals when the catalog goes down?

Check our back-up static version of the electronic journal pages at http://www.ohsu.edu/library/ejournals/staticpages.


  • These lists are very LONG and will take a while to load.
  • These lists are updated very infrequently and will therefore not show everything to which we really have access at this time.
  • This is NOT the primary resource you should use for finding electronic journals. They should only be used when the catalog is down.

How many journals are listed in the OHSU Library catalog?

The Library provides around-the-clock access to articles from approximately:
  • 4,000 journals in the areas of clinical and basic health science, primatology, alternative or complementary therapies, health administration, biotechnology, business, computer science, education, physical sciences, and engineering;
  • 5,000 general interest titles from EBSCOhost statewide database agreement.

Who is eligible for off-campus access to electronic journals, and how can I apply?

All OHSU paid faculty, staff and admitted students affiliated with OHSU are eligible for off-campus accounts. Go to Getting Started with Off-campus Access for more information on how to apply.

Does my computer need to accept cookies in order to use electronic journals?

Not all electronic journals require that your computer accept cookies, but some do.

Can I use Google Web Accelerator with library electronic resources?

Not always. In some cases, Google Web Accelerator causes the electronic resource to see a Google IP address rather than the IP address of your workstation. Electronic resources use your IP address to determine whether or not you belong to OHSU and are therefore entitled to access. If Google Web Accelerator causes the resource to see Google's IP address rather than your own, you will be denied access. We recommend that you disable Google Web Accelerator when accessing library resources electronically, especially if you are denied access to a resource.