Databases are hosted on a variety of interfaces, but most offer the following Advanced Search options.
Tips to get the best out of Google Scholar:
If you have a known reference, your quickest route is probably PubMed, the free service run by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It searches the MEDLINE bibliographic database (covering about 4500 medical periodicals).
Just type in some words from your reference.
This takes you to a bibliographic record (author, article title, journal, date, abstract). The record may also contain a link to the full article.
If the full text is freely available there'll be a Free Full text link. If it's behind a paywall, the library may have a subscription so you can get to it. Look for a link to the publisher or Oxford's linker tool .
Try PubMed or Scopus, a major database of research papers in science and medicine. Like PubMed it searches bibliographic records and provides links to full text where we have it. Unlike PubMed, Scopus is not freely available so you need to be on the University network or logged in with your Oxford Single Sign-On.
For more about databases, click on the Databases tab.
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