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BSW Research Class: Library Services

Getting Articles

While it might seem that everything is available for free online, libraries subscribe to databases and journals and make their contents available to you. There are three levels of convenience.

1. Some publishers grant copyright permission to individual databases to put their articles online. You might simply see a link to the full text of an article.

2. If there is no link to full-text, look for the UILink button integrated into each database the UI Libraries buys access to. UILink checks to see if we have online access to your article from any other source and links you out to it.

3. If no one has copyright permission to make an article available online, UILink will connect you to our Article Delivery Service and we'll scan a copy to pdf and deliver it to you online. If we do not have the article in print in our collections, we will automatically try to get it from another library through our Inter-Library Loan department.