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Article Access Alternatives

Briefly - Why Can't We Subscribe to Everything

The move from print journals to online subscriptions and Open Access to articles has highlighted that the journal subscription model is not the most efficient way to provide access to scholarly content.  OSU Libraries ensures access to a diverse and sustainable collection that supports research, teaching and learning through various services or options.  Explore this page to learn about alternative access options to journal articles.

Interlibrary Loan - Free For You

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is used to request items not owned by OSU Libraries. All currently registered OSU students, faculty, and staff with a valid ONID account can use ILL to request items at no charge. 

You can request journal articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and more via ILL. All requested items are subject to copyright and availability.

Journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings are almost always provided electronically. In other words - we'll email you a copy. Sources like books will need to be picked up at your local OSU Libraries branch.

Articles usually arrive in 13 hours. Books typically take 2-10 business days to arrive depending on delivery speeds, staffing, and geography. 

Read more ILL FAQs and sign up for a free ILL account today.

How to Request an Article through Interlibrary Loan

Within 1Search, if you find an article with a link that says "check for available services" - click that link, then under the How to get it section, select "Request from Interlibrary Loan" to place a request for that article.  Request from ILL




In many OSU Libraries Databases and in Google Scholar, look for the 360 link to full text button to open the full article.

If the library doesn't have it, request the article for free from Interlibrary Loan:

Watch this video to learn how to set up your OSU interlibrary loan account so you can get articles emailed to you - even when OSU Libraries doesn't have a subscription to the journal.

Thumbnail link to the Setting up Your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Account video

Watch this video to learn how to place a request through OSU's interlibrary loan.

Thumbnail link to the Placing Requests through Interlibrary Loan tutorial video

Open Access Options for Accessing Articles

Some ways to find legal, open versions of scholarly articles:

Google Scholar, PubMed, and other databases:

  • Set your Google Scholar preferences so that custom OSU Libraries links show up in your search results.
  • In other databases like PubMed use the “Find it @OSU” button.   360 link to full text