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Library Guide to Finding Articles

Get the item through Interlibrary loan


Complete this form to place a request. 

Articles are delivered electronically within 1-4 days. 

Articles received electronically are available to the patron 24/7 for 30 days from date of receipt. They can be viewed, printed, pasted into documents, saved to disk or downloaded to a personal computer.


It is not possible to request and receive complete ebooks via interlibrary loan. We can fill requests for individual chapters. Consider recommending an ebook purchase if a print copy or electronic supply of an individual chapter through interlibrary loan won’t meet your needs. We cannot acquire single user ebook versions from retailers like amazon, but we will try to locate an institutionally licensed version through a supplier or publisher. 

See Interlibrary Loan Policies for more information about use and timelines for interlibrary loan services.

See Request a Purchase to recommend an electronic format for a purchase.

Find an Open Access copy

OneSearch indexes open access content from numerous repositories like the Directory of Open Access Journals. See Finding an article in OneSearch.

Check Google or Google Scholar to see if the article is available for free. 

Tip: In Google Scholar, it can be tricky to differentiate between open access content and articles that require a library subscription for access. One solution is to use a browser plugin like EndNote Click, a free time-saving tool compatible with Google Scholar, PubMed, Web of Science, and numerous other academic sites. It quickly retrieves PDFs from open access sources and library journal subscriptions. 

Other online tools can help you find free and legal open access versions, including preprints deposited into repositories by authors. 

Contact the author and networking options

Contact the author by email or reach out via social networking sites where researchers share their work. The author’s name, institution, and sometimes their email address typically display on the first page of an article preview. 

The library does not condone use of websites where paywalled content is illegally shared. Users are encouraged to use legal means and interlibrary loan services to obtain articles.

Purchase options and DeepDyve

Publisher websites point to purchase options for individual articles in cases where the library has not licensed access. These transactions are available to any individuals to make at their own expense. The library cannot make these purchases on behalf of users, as these types of sales are not available to institutions. Users are encouraged to place requests through interlibrary loan to get these articles for free. 

Certain publisher websites point to article rentals through a service called DeepDyve. They sell monthly and yearly subscriptions to individual users and small organizations for bundled academic publications from participating publishers like Wiley, Oxford, and Springer Nature. A certain portion of DeepDyve's catalog may charge additional rental fees on top of the subscription price.

Purchase an article prompt on the Springer platform, link to DeepDyve