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PDF Finder

Download journal articles by DOI or PMID


Use this guide to learn how to find and download PDF articles using a Direct Object Identifier (DOI) or PubMed ID (PMID).

Step 1. Visit NYIT LibKey

  1. Visit NYIT LibKey.
  2. Enter a DOI or PMID.
  3. Click Find Article.

a. What is a DOI?

A DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.

A DOI will help you easily locate a document. Think of it like a Social Security number for the article you are interesting in; it will always refer to that article, and only that one.

b. What is a PMID?

A PMID, also known as the PubMed reference number, is a number assigned by the NIH National Library of Medicine to papers indexed in PubMed. PubMed Central is an archive of full text journal articles.

Step 2. Check Availability

If the article is available in full text you will see the option ARTICLE LINK under Full Text Format Options.

Step 3. Login

If you are off-campus you will be asked to enter your My NYIT username and password.

Step 4. View Article

  • The article could be provided by a subscription database or open respository.
  • Options frequently include download, email and cite.

Step 5. Download

  • If the article is not available you will see linking options.
  • Click Library Access Options to view NYIT print holdings or submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

Step 6. Request

  • View the library's print holdings.
  • If no print holdings are available you can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request for the item.


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