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Ways to access literature

Literature databases only provide direct access to full text when published Open Access, or with a UT subscription. If no access to content is possible, try 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 of the Netherlands (UNL) - click here.

  • Search directly with DOI/PMID

    The LibKey.io 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)

    Complete the ILL form for University Library staff to check if the requested item can be borrowed from other academic libraries. After submitting the form the applicant will be informed within days whether the application has been approved. Please note that use of requested material is limited to private study or research for non-commercial purposes. Sharing with a group of researchers or students is therefore not allowed.

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