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Ways to access literature

Literature databases only give you direct access to the full text of research outputs when the outputs are either published Open Access, or the institute you study or work for has paid for access. To make sure you can access the full text for paid content, and to find alternatives when neither of the options apply, consult the options presented below.

  • Check off-campus access

    Before you start looking for alternative ways to find a research output you can't access, always check if the database or publisher website recognizes you as University of Twente staff/student. To make sure this is the case consult Off-campus access.

  • Use a plug-in / other alternatives

    For an overview of plug-ins and other alternatives to get access to literature - made by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) - click here.

  • Search directly with DOI/PMID

    The tool can be used to search UT-subscribed content for full-text format options.

  • Request a copy via the author

    You can request a copy of a research output from the author directly. This is often not the fastest way, but traditionally a well-used route to get pdf's. You can create a free account on for example ResearchGateAcademiaMendeley or the research repository of a university and try to get in contact with the corresponding author of a work. It is also an option to contact the author directly through the contact information provided with that work. Most publishers allow sharing research outputs with individuals for personal use. This means that you cannot use it to share it with a group of researchers or students.  

  • Request a copy via Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

    When you fill in this form, staff of the University Library will check if the work you have requested can be borrowed from other academic libraries. After you have submitted the form you will be informed about the success or failure of the request, usually within days. Be aware that the requested material can only be used for private study or research for non-commercial purposes. This means that you cannot use it to share it with a group of researchers or students.