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When I’m not on the UT campus, can I still use the digital collection?

When you are not on campus it is important always to use the digital library to go to the databases. It will lead you through the proxy server, so that you are recognized as being from the UT. When you want to access articles directly you can use our advanced tool Library Access Plugin.

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What should I do when I cannot access an article?

Even though the University of Twente has access to countless articles in many journals en databases, you will hit a paywall at some point, or find that an article isn’t accessible for other reasons. In that case, first check if you are using the UT’s IP address, because only then, you will have access to our digital library. If you are using the right IP address, then try one of the following to get access after all:

· Search in Google Scholar and place the title of the article between quotation marks (phrase search).

· Search in Google, possibly with the addition filetype:pdf

· Ask your Information specialist if he/she can locate the article for you

· Request a copy through the Interlibrary Loan system (ILL)

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Why is there occasionally limited access to scientific literature?

The VSNU (the association of universities in the Netherlands) is negotiating with publishers on behalf of the Dutch universities. This results in so-called big deals that give university employees and students access to the journals of these publishers. The VSNU wants new agreements that make the transition to open access (free access to scientific literature) possible at a reasonable price: The VSNU is willing to pay the full price for access to these journals that increasingly comprise open-access articles, but wants university authors to be able to publish open access in these journals for free or at a discount. Due to difficult negotiations with publishers, there may be less access to scientific journals. For instance big deals may not be continued.
UT employees and students will have to use alternative routes to access scientific literature.
If no agreement is reached with a publisher, next to the withdrawal of access of some or more years of content, the discontinuing of a contract can also have an impact on publishing Open Access (OA). UT authors will have to use alternative routes to publish open access (OA) for free or at a discount. This is possible in many journals from other publishers. For an overview of those journals, consult the UT Journal Browser. For other OA alternatives, visit www.utwente.nl/openaccess.

How can I access publications when no new agreement with publisher(s) is reached?
Consult Alternative Ways to Full Text.
For more information, please contact the information specialist of your faculty or the University Library. They will gladly help you.

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Can I request (e-)books for purchase?

You can submit a request to purchase an (e-)book for the library collection to the information specialist of the topic concerned. If it concerns a room copy of an (e-)book and you are an employee of one of the support departments you can contact the library’s Content Management department directly.

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What do I have to do when I can't access an e-book or e-journal that is part of the University  Library's collection?

Please check the maintenance and failure reports page and/or the latest news on the LISA website first to see if there are any known issues at the publisher of the e-book/e-journal. If not, please contact the library.

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I have a suggestion for the collection of the University of Twente. What should I do?

If you feel that a certain book, journal or product should be part of our collection, then please contact your information specialist. Many publishers offer the option to “Recommend to a librarian” (example).

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Can I download or print an ebook?

Publishers decide whether they place restrictions on ebooks, and if yes, which ones. Not all ebooks are downloadable. Additionally, some ebooks can only be read by one user at a time, and others have a 5% limit for printing or copying. All restrictions per publisher.

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