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E-Journal FAQs

Answers to some commonly-asked questions about e-journals at Galter.

FAQs about Printing Electronic Journals

Can I download and print articles?

If an e-journal is available in HTML format, it can be printed directly from your web browser. If it is available in PDF, then Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view it (available on the Adobe website at no cost). You can then print the PDF article quite easily.

Can I save articles to my desktop to use later?

Articles in HTML format can be saved as HTML files, but any graphics may be lost in the process. To save a PDF article, use the Save icon in the Acrobat Reader menu bar.

What is the difference between HTML and PDF?

Publishers offer their journals in HTML or PDF formats (and sometimes both). PDF (Portable Document Format) is usually preferable because it mirrors the print version, complete with images, typeface, and pagination. Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view it (available on the Adobe website at no cost). No additional software is needed to view HTML articles. Unfortunately, the library has no control over which format the publisher offers, but the majority of journal articles accessible through the library are offered in PDF. Many publishers also offer content in EPUB format or other tablet, mobile phone, and eReader friendly formats. 

Is the image quality in an electronic journal article comparable to the print version

The image quality may not be completely comparable to the print version. However, it will usually be better than a photocopy. Sometimes images are missing from the electronic version due to publisher agreements. PDF articles are usually of a higher quality than HTML versions.

How do I print from ClinicalKey?

For books in ClinicalKey, look for a link to the "Print Version" at the top of the screen. Once clicked, a new window will appear. Click the "Print Page" button in the window. All journals in ClinicalKey have PDF versions.