Alternative Access to Articles

There are ways to access articles that may be housed behind a publisher paywall. If you need assistance or have questions about accessing articles, please contact the University Libraries

  1. Install browser plug-ins Open Access Button and Unpaywall
  2. Contact the author directly. Many universities have faculty open access policies and research is deposited in the university’s institutional repository. Virginia Tech’s institutional repository is VTechWorks.
  3. Connect with the author through ResearchGate.
  4. Search for open access copies through Google Scholar and PubMed Central.
  5. OSF Preprints indexes many online repositories, so you can search from one box.
  6. Contact the University Libraries’ interlibrary loan experts. They can get you the articles you need within a few days.