What does e-Link do and why should you use it?

The e-Link icon provides multiple ways to access the full-text of an article. Sometimes Columbia University will have access to a journal through more than one database. Using the e-Link icon will show all the ways an article can be accessed on one page. It also allows access when you are off-campus by authenticating with your UNI. 

Another advantage is that if Columbia University does not have access to the full text the e-Link icon provides links to a pre-populated Interlibrary Loan form. 

The e-Link icon

Interpreting the e-Link page


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There are two types of links; Get Article and Go to Journal. While Get Article is not always available you can often click on Go to Journal and manually navigate to the appropriate issue and select the article. This method can also be useful if you would like to browse the journal.

Dates of Coverage

Sometimes Columbia University will not have access to all of the issues, with the older issues either not available electronically or not included in our subscription. The center column Dates of Coverage can confirm if the article you are looking for is available in our subscription.


This last column lists the information provider platform through a full-text article can be accessed. ClinicalKey Flex is the platform in the example above.

What to do if there are no link options?


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If there are no Get Article or Go to Journal links, then Columbia University may not have a subscription to the content or it may be that there is a temporary problem with the records. There are a few things that you can try to still get timely access to your article.

  1. In PubMed, go back and look for a publisher's icon

    Next to the e-Link icon in PubMed is usually another icon for an information provider (e.g. Elsevier). Sometimes the publisher's icon will work when the e-Link does not. This will only work when on campus.

  2. Search CLIO for the journal name

    If the e-Link could not locate the full text of your article check CLIO, the library catalog, to see if there is a listing for the journal. If there is a record try navigating to your article from the journal record link.

    If you find a record for the print journal and the location of the volume you need is Offsite, you can request a PDF scan of the article by clicking the 'Request from Offsite' button.

  3. Request via Interlibrary Loan

    If Columbia University does not have a subscription to the journal, submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form so that the library can request the article from another institution. The ILL link at the bottom of the e-Link page will usually pre-populate the form with your requested citation.

  4. Report an E-Resource Problem

    This form records important information such as what URL you attempted to access and your UNI so that the library's technical staff can try and resolve the problem.