Title

The Quest for Full Text: An In-Depth Examination of Pubget for Medical Searchers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2010

Journal

Medical Reference Services Quarterly

Volume

29

Issue

4

First Page

307

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2010.518911

Last Page

319

Abstract

This article examines Pubget, a free Web-based search engine for life sciences researchers for conducting searches of the medical literature and retrieving full-text PDFs. Its search functionality and add-on features are evaluated to determine potential for library instruction and promotion. With many libraries relying on OpenURL link resolvers to connect searchers with institutional subscriptions, Pubget offers an alternative by combining search, article-level link resolving, and authentication in a single platform. The authors determine advantages and disadvantages for using Pubget based on product testing and make recommendations for institutions interested in “activating” subscriptions in Pubget.