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UC-eLinks QuickGuide

UC-eLinks is a service that is available when searching California Digital Library (CDL) and UCSF Library databases such as PubMed@UCSF.

Citations retrieved while searching these databases will display the UC e Links button.

Click on UC-eLinks to:

  • Link to full text items licensed by UCSF.
  • Check to see if UCSF owns the journal you need and get its call number.
  • Request an item from other UC campuses if UCSF doesn't own it.
  • Copy and paste a citation and full text link into your document.

You must be on the UCSF computer network or using UCSF off-campus access to use UC-eLinks. In PubMed@UCSF, click on the article title to see the UC-eLinks button.

Link Directly to Full-Text Articles

When full-text is available electronically, the UC-eLinks button will link directly to the full-text article from library databases such as PubMed@UCSF. The article will be framed by the UC-eLinks banner.

Options in the UC-eLinks Menu

Get It Online From

If the UCSF Library owns an online version of a journal, the UC-eLinks window will display a full text link. Click on the publisher's name to access the article.

click on the publisher's name

You may need to scroll through a list of journal issues to find the desired citation.

On the main page for the article, make sure to view the Full Text version.

Find a Print Copy

To see if UCSF owns the item, click on Check the UCSF Library Catalog Innovative INNOPAC catalog.

To see if another UC campus owns the item, click on Check the UC Libraries Catalog:Melvyl.

To have a print article scanned and emailed to you, see REQUEST IT below.

Request It

To request a journal article not owned by UCSF, click on Request this from another library, or from the campus document delivery service. Fill out the request form. [more info]

To request a journal article owned by the UCSF Library, click on the same Request link. Your article will be emailed to you via Document Express, a fee-based document delivery service. [more info]

Add Citation to a Bibliography

Copy and paste citation or link

To cite the item in a course reading list or research paper, click on Copy & Paste Citation or Link. Note that citations retrieved from databases other than PubMed@UCSF may be incomplete.

Choose a citation style. Then copy and paste the citation into your document. Note: The citation appears in plain text. You must format it (italicize, underline, alter capitalization, etc.) to meet the standards of your chosen citation style.

Plain text citation from Copy & Paste Citation window:

plain text citation

Formatted citation in APA style:

APA style citation

If full text is available for your article, you can copy and paste the persistent link into your document.

To create a direct link in Microsoft Word:

  • Highlight and copy the URL from the Copy & Paste Citation window.
  • In your Word document, highlight the text that you wish to hyperlink. (The article title is a common choice.)
  • In Word, go to the Insert menu and select Hyperlink.
  • In the Insert Hyperlink window, paste the URL into the Address field. Click OK.