Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 41

On occasion, you may be asked to pay for access to a scholarly article. You probably don't need to!

There are many reasons why the article may appear to be unavailable:

  • If you're searching for an article in electronic format, it may not be there because the print copy hasn't been scanned, because the publisher hasn't made the article available yet, or Emory doesn't subscribe to a database that includes that article. If that's the case, take a look in discoverE to see if the libraries have a print copy of the journal available. Sometimes one database will have a particular issue and another won't, so don't forget to look carefully to see which years are included in the database you're searching.
  • For print copies, you may want to check our eJournal holdings to see if we have an electronic version available.

Don't forget, you can always ask a librarian for help!

If you're positive the article isn't available through the Emory Libraries, you can send a request to Interlibrary Loan.


Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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