Loansome Doc FAQ

What is Loansome Doc?

Loansome Doc is the document ordering component of PubMed, the free, public version of MEDLINE developed by the National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. This service enables you to request documents by simply checking off the articles you want from your search results, selecting "Order" from the "Send to:" menu, and typing in a password.  Your request then goes directly to the medical library where you have established an account.

Why should I use Loansome Doc?

  • Ordering documents from within the PubMed database saves the time and effort of entering citations into an order form.
  • Your contact information and order preferences will be saved from one session to another, and can be changed at any time online.
  • You can track the progress of your order online.
  • Best of all, you will be sending complete and accurate citations—enabling us to fill your order faster than would otherwise be possible. 

For more information about Loansome Doc, see the Loansome Doc fact sheet on the NLM website.

Doesn’t Lewis Library’s document request system do the same thing?

Yes, our Document Delivery / Interlibrary Loan system provides features and benefits that are very similar to Loansome Doc. An account in that system is required for online delivery of copies, so you may want to use it consistently for all your requests. However, only one request at a time can be sent to the Lewis Library system, so an additional Loansome Doc account can be helpful if you typically order multiple documents at once from PubMed. It also provides a more efficient workflow for those who are not affiliated with the UNT Health Science Center.

How do I get started?