There may be times when you find an article you want to read from a third party site and you want to quickly know if you have access to it through subscriptions provided by Cambridge University Libraries. Rather than going to iDiscover to search for the article or journal title there are some browser plug-ins that can check for access without you having to lift a finger (as long as you have the plug-ins installed on your browser!).
Best for – accessing subscribed articles direct from publisher platforms, searching for Open Access (OA) articles when no subscribed version available, offering access via Inter-Library Loans (ILL).
Lean Library will prompt for Raven if you visit a publisher platform where we have access to some or all articles/journals. You will be sent to another platform if we have access through a different source. If we do not have a subscription for access to the article you need Lean Library will search for an OA version of the article and provide access for you. If we do not have access and there is no OA version Lean Library will then prompt you to request the article via Inter-Library Loans.
Best for – linking from third party sites, including Web of Science and Wikipedia
LibKey Nomad will prompt for Raven if you visit a publisher platform where we have access to some or all articles/journals. You will be sent to another platform if we have access through a different source. If we do not have a subscription for access to the article you need LibKey Nomad will search for an OA version of the article and provide access for you.
On Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed and Wikipedia, you will also see in-line (i.e. just below the article citation) LibKey Nomad “Download PDF” links that will connect you seamlessly to the Cambridge University Libraries’ subscription access to the article.
Open Access Button
Best for – contacting the author to request a copy of the article.
Open Access Button searches thousands of sources containing millions of articles to connect you to an article instantly if it is freely available. If the OA Button cannot offer access it will prompt you to contact the author if the author is legally allowed to make a copy available to you.
The Unpaywall plugin searches the Unpaywall database which works by harvesting from Open Access sources to find OA content and then matching that content to the Crossref DOI, so for any DOI searched via the plugin, Unpaywall “knows about any OA versions that exist anywhere”.
CORE Discovery finds Open Access copies of articles, using the CORE dataset of millions of full text OA papers, as well as the data of other providers.
If our holdings state that we should have access but you experience any difficulties then please contact the Electronic Collection Management helpdesk or visit our help pages.
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