Answered By: Naomi Smith
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2020     Views: 489

Sometimes you will be asked to pay when trying to access online journal articles.  This can happen for many reasons.  To access a copy without paying, try the following.

Library Search

Try searching for the article in Library Search and following the links to access it online.  In some cases we may only have the journal in hard copy, so you will have to visit the Library to read the article.

Open access 

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to search for the article.  When you have found the article click on 'All versions' and you will be able to see if any open access versions are available

Open Access Button

Get the DOI of the article from the reference and search for it at Open Access Button, if an open access version is available you will be given a link to access it from.  You can usually find the DOI of an article near where you are being asked to pay for it, under the citation information.

Request an inter-library loan

If we do not have access through Library Search you can request an inter-library loan through your Library Account.



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