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I am doing a research paper and need to access the original questionaire from Diabetes Care on the quality of life survey done 11 years ago. Is there some way to access back issues of Diabetes Care or other medical journals?

There's one easy way, although it's not directly related to the internet:

Any medical library (at a hospital or medical school) can do a search to locate the correct issue of any journal, for any article in any medical journal, using a program called MEDLINE®. You'd have to have to supply some helpful information to narrow down the search, such as keywords like "quality-of-life-survey," plus other information if known: the name of the journal, the name of one or more authors, the title of the article, about how old the article is, and the language in which the article was written.

After identifying which issue the article is in, the library can find its copy on its shelves, and photocopy it, or, if it's an issue of a journal that they don't have in their stacks, they can get it by interlibrary loan.

It's possible for some people with internet access to use MEDLINE,® but it usually costs extra money. If you can find access to MEDLINE,® you can hunt on your own for the issue. Then, you could ask any librarian (at a school, hospital, or community library), or a member of your Diabetes Team who keeps back issues of diabetes journals, to find a copy of that issue, and either photocopy it for you, or loan you the copy.


Shortly after writing this answer, we received more information about one way to get to MEDLINES® on the Internet, but it definitely costs extra!

Apparently, for $14.95 per month, you can get unlimited searching of lots of databases, including MEDLINE,® at HealthGate.™ Since we haven't actually paid the fee, we can't be sure of what happens when you do....

Thanks to Jeff Hitchcock for finding this additional information.

Original posting 30 Dec 95


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