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Loansome Doc®

After you have searched the biomedical literature using PubMed, you may want to order the full text for references you have retrieved. You can do this with several National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases using Loansome Doc. Begin at the registration site; as part of the registration process you will select a library from the list of Loansome Doc providers. You will need to establish a service agreement with the library that you choose. Contact information is provided on the registration site.

NOTE: MANY LIBRARIES CHARGE FEES FOR LOANSOME DOC SERVICE. Each library sets its own document delivery service policies and charges. Call each library, decide which one best meets your needs, and set up a service agreement with that library.

If you are in the United States:
If you regularly use a particular medical library, contact that library to see if it provides Loansome Doc service. If not, use NNLM's Membership Directory to search for Loansome Doc providers or email the NNLM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) or call 410-706-4173 for a list of libraries in your area.

If you are in Canada:
National Research Council of Canada
Telephone: 877-672-2672

If you are outside the U.S. and Canada:
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has an extensive network of International MEDLARS Centers which provide services for users outside the U.S. and Canada. In addition, some non-U.S. libraries provide Loansome Doc services. There are also many U.S. libraries that serve international users.

Questions to Ask Your Loansome Doc Provider

  1. What fees will I pay for the articles I order? (There is no set minimum or maximum fee.)
  2. If my Loansome Doc Provider does not have the article I need, will my request be referred to another library automatically?
  3. What delivery methods are available -- mail, e-mail, fax, pick-up? What is the fee for each?
  4. How long, on average, does it take to receive an article ordered via Loansome Doc?
  5. Is there a limit to the number of articles I can order in a specified time period?

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