March 21, 2012

Finding journal articles when we have no subscription

Warwick has a large and excellent collection of journal subscriptions but we don't subscribe to every journal! I sometimes find myself giving this same advice to PhD students, about finding journal articles in full text when we have no subscription to the journal(s) that they want access to.

If there are particular journal articles that you want access to, then you might be able to find some for free by searching on Google. In my experience, Google is better than Google Scholar at finding open access articles, if you already know article title and author to search by. Another place to look for open access versions of journal articles would be on a repository cross-searching tool like BASE for open access early versions of the articles.

Students can also complete document supply requests, with the support of a supervisor. Or if you can find a library which subscribes to a print version of the journal then you could possibly arrange to visit that library (see the Library advice page on Using other Libraries). COPAC is a good website to use, to find out about other libraries’ holdings, as it is a union catalogue of a number of UK research libraries.

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  1. Also don’t forget to look on the home page for the supervisors who may be authors in the paper. Many academics will have a list of their papers on their group page at their university; sometimes the supervisors will have permission to have a link to a copy of the paper on this page.

    If you feel you really must have a copy of this paper: try emailing the authors. They may be allowed to send you a pdf or an early version of the paper.

    21 Mar 2012, 16:54

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