Astrid Bovell on October 11th, 2012
Need an academic paper?
Try searching the Library databases through Discovery and the catalogue. Remember that the licences we sign with the various publishers and service providers govern our use of the material so we often can’t just download a copy of the article or make a copy available online for our students. While there is a project in progress to make information on allowable uses available through Millennium it’s not quite there yet – so to be safe – create a stable link to the resource using the OpenURL generator rather than reproduce it. For instructions on that see our DIY Online Course material guide.
If the Library holds a print copy at the library, you can scan a copy of the original printed article and then make that available for your students online – ensuring of course that you comply with copyright when you do so. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, it might be worth having a chat to one of your librarians (in person at the library or online through the Library’s online Ask A Librarian chat service) to see if they can assist you in finding a copy of the material.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for from our library resources, try searching for the paper through Google Scholar and use your common sense to help you decide if it’s legitimate. Ask yourself if it’s likely that this website has permission to make the article available? If it’s published by Wiley and it’s on a Wiley website – then it’s going to be legitimate. If it’s published in New Scientist and it’s on the New Scientist webpage – it’s legitimate. If it’s on an academic’s institutional repository – then it will be legitimate and if it’s been published on their personal website then it’s probably okay as well. Some keys to help you decide whether material on the academic’s personal website is legitimate or not be if it’s a word or similar version (i.e. without the publisher’s logo and type settings) or in the instance that it has the type setting and logo in place – look for an acknowledgement to advise that the material has been reproduced courtesy of or with permission from the publisher. If it’s a conference paper and it appears on the conference website, it’s likely to be legitimate. If it’s on Johnlovesscience.com then it’s probably not legitimate.
As we always, we don’t expect you to navigate copyright on your own – if you’re not sure or you need help – just ask us and we will be happy to help!