If you’re EVER asked online to pay for an article, DON’T! You may have entered a particular database through their commercial site, which they then would require you to pay for the articles they provide. To ensure you do not have to pay for any articles that you need for your research you will have to ACCESS them through the FAU Libraries webpage. If there is a particular article you require that is not accessible through the FAU Libraries it may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
NOTE: If you are off campus and wanting to access electronic journal articles, you will need to log in through Off Campus Connect, which is located on the library's homepage.
To check whether the Libraries have access to the article, or whether you will need to request that article through Interlibrary Loan, follow these steps.
1. Search OneSearch.
Most of our articles can be found in the library database OneSearch. It is usually easiest to search by article title; if you know you have the exact title, use quotation marks around it. It may help to add the author's name if you are doing a general keyword search.
2. Search Google Scholar.
If you can't locate the item in OneSearch, try Google Scholar. If you search on campus, or if you are using your computer and have added FAU Libraries to your Google Scholar Library Links, look for the Find It @ FAU link to the right of the article title.
3. Search in FAU Library Catalog for the publication in which the article appeared.
If you don't find the article in OneSearch or Google Scholar, but you know the journal title or other publication title in which the article appeared (different from the article title), search for the publication in the FAU Library Catalog. If you locate the publication, you can then search within it for the article.
4. If we do not have the article in our online or print collections, request it through Interlibrary Loan. Do not pay for individual articles - you are already paying for access with your FAU tuition.
Questions? Ask a Librarian!