There are several ways to find and access electronic articles and books that the university library does not subscribe to.
Find and access available articles and books
Articles and books that are published openly available (Open Access) can be found by searching in Oria and Google Scholar. Publications that are not available can be ordered from other libraries.
You will also be able to find articles in academic and institutional repositories. In repositories you can find preprint and postprint versions of articles.
A preprint (original manuscript) is a manuscript that is submitted to a journal and which has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Accepted manuscript (AM or AAM or postprint) is the version of a article that has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication, and includes changes made by the author during the peer-review process.
Search the Internet with plug-ins
Search for articles like you normally do and use browser “plug-ins” to show you where to find open accessible versions of an article. You will need to download and install the plug-ins in your web browser.
We recommend these tools:
Lean Library (for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Internet Explorer is coming soon.)
The browser extension gives you access to digital content provided by UiO. The extension will also search for open accessible articles. Download and install from leanlibrary.com/download.
Unpaywall (for Chrome and Firefox)
A plug-in that will take you to an open accessible version of the article you are searching for – if there is one. Download and install from unpaywall.org/products/extension.
Open Access Button (works best with Chrome and Firefox)
A plug-in that will take you to an open accessible version of the article you are searching for – if there is one. In addition, you can contact the authors and ask them to archive the article to an open academic repository. Download and install from openaccessbutton.org.
Google Scholar Button (for Chrome and Firefox)
An extension that adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Search for the Google Scholar Button to find, download and install the extension.
Contact the author
In most cases, journals and publishers give authors permission to share their papers. Contact the corresponding author - most researchers are happy to share their articles with others. Many researchers are on social networks such as where sharing with other researchers is made easier.