I though pubmed was free. Now I realize I can only look at the abstracts. Is that all there is? What do you do if you wanna download full articles. without paying of course.
Some are free and some aren't. You will be able to click the button on the right hand side and access it if it is free. It will say at the bottom of the abstract if it is.
If your public library has paid for access, they you can download them easily through their website or when at the library.
This is the most true at university and college libraries. I have found that bringing a laptop or portable device onto the free guest wifi of most universities will grant you downloading access to whatever journals they are subscribed to...
Once you have downloaded the PDF, it stays with you after you leave the university network.
So, spend some time at the library! If you don't have a portable device, just bring a USB drive for taking your newly found info home.
Besides Google Scholar, which is handy, check Google Books to see if the paper has been published in a journal or book that's online. 2 other good resources for just searching shared pdfs: Edoc finder link Scribd link
What you can also do is search for the article on Google Scholar. Sometimes I've been able to find the article available as a free pdf somewhere else.
Otherwise, jumping onto a university network is great for getting access to journals.
Like the latest article on the dangers of high omega 3 levels in blood, specifically, the link to prostate cancer. So that can only be downloaded at an institution that has access to the J of Epidemiology, huh? No freebies? I thought the whole medical literature was supposed to be free.