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De Montfort University International College: Accessing resources elsewhere

Open Access resources

Some books and journal articles are available open-access.  This means they are freely available for anyone to use without any payment or subscription.

Google Scholar allows you to search for academic resources.  A PDF option is shown where the full-text is freely available.  You can also add DMU full-text links to Google Scholar.  

  • Click on settings at the top of the screen
  • Click on library links on the left
  • Search for De Montfort University
  • Click on save.

Google Books provides previews and in some cases the entire page range of books that are out of copyright, or where the publisher has given permission for free use. 

Public library access

Some public libraries (often the main city branch) offer access to over 15 million online journal articles through a scheme called Access to Research.

Open access extensions

Plugins are available that will automatically check for free copies of articles you've found online.

  • Google Scholar button: If you find a citation for an article (but no link to the full text), you can click on the button to find out whether the article is available anywhere else.  
  • Unpaywall:  This looks for articles that are open access or uploaded by the paper's authors. Whenever you come across a paper whose full text is freely available, a green open padlock will open on the side of the web page. 

All plugins are available for Google Chrome and for some versions of Firefox. They can be installed from the Chrome Web store and the Add-ons for Firefox page.

Using other university libraries

A number of other UK university libraries allow students to use their print resources through a scheme called SCONUL Access.

If you are studying in the UK, you can visit libraries that may be closer to you and use study facilities and refer to books and journals on a reference basis. If you are a postgraduate student you may be able to borrow items under this scheme.  

You can register online for the scheme. 

For further information, see our visiting other Universities' Libraries page