1. Search for the article online
Search for the article in the usual way using plug-ins for your browser which can lead you to open versions. (These can be downloaded and installed in your browser).
We recommend the following plug-ins:
Unpaywall (for Chrome and Firefox):
A plug-in that can lead you to an open version of the article you are looking for.
Open Access Button (for Chrome, Firefox and Safari):
A plug-in that helps you to find open versions of articles and to ask authors to deposit the article in an open archive.
Kopernio (for Chrome, Firefox and Opera):
This plug-in works with USN’s proxy server to locate research articles we subscribe to and to find full-text articles from open access archives. If USN has access to the journal, Kopernio will find the PDF version automatically. Create a user account at Kopernio and choose USN as your institutional affiliation.
2. Contact the author(s) or other researchers
Researchers are generally permitted to shart articles with each other (depending upon their agreement with the publisher) even when the article is not openly available – so-called “scholarly sharing”. Send the author(s) an email; the majority are happy to share their articles with others. The social networks for researchers ResearchGate and Academia.edu also provide tools for requesting articles from researchers.
3. Contact the library
Articles that are not freely available and which the library does not have in its collections can often be acquired from other libraries in Norway and abroad. Contact your campus library for more information.
4. Purchase articles
The majority of publishers offer the possiblity for purchasing the articles directly. This expense is covered by your own FOU resources.