Finding information

Subject guide

Finding Information guide

1.Finding Information #


For specific information needs, use one of the following options


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2.Find books #

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3.Find journal (articles) #

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4.Find UM theses #


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5.Find audiovisual materials #

For finding audio visual media, use LibSearch


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6.Find database #

To find a database on a specific subject or by name, go to Databases.

Do you need help on finding data, go to Data Search Support.


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7.Find your way in the library #

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8.EndNote #

EndNote is a tool which allows you to collect and keep track of your references.


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9.Canvas #

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10.Computer facilities and access to information #

Overview of computer facilities such as Student desktop (anywhere), WiFi/mobile, printing.


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11.How to get the PDF #

Sometimes the library cannot provide access to the publisher version of full-text journal articles. Or maybe, you can’t create a connection with the campus network.

You can use one or more of the tools listed below to find alternative versions of the articles (like the author version).


Lean Library Browser Extension

When you browse and search the internet for articles, journals or databases you may find content licensed by us. However, if you are not on campus or not connected to the campus network, the website you visit does not know and will not give you access to web pages or publications. Or worse, asks you to pay for access (paywall).

In these cases, the Lean Library Browser Extension will automatically show you a notification and give you access to the licensed content offered by the library.

Request copy via author via ResearchGate / Academia / Mendeley

You can always request a copy directly from the author (if you can find the e-mail address); often not the fastest way, but traditionally a well-used route to get PDFs.

Many researchers have joined one or more social networks for scientists. And many make their PDFs available inside these networks for download or offer the option to request it.

ResearchGate, Academia and Mendeley are social networking sites for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. Please keep in mind the copyright-rules of these networks.


Unpaywall is a free web-browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that indexes papers from more than 5,000 repositories worldwide, including preprint servers and institutional databases. Get full-text of more than 10 million legal, Open Access articles while you browse.


Open Access Button

Open Access Button is a web bookmarklet that offers free legal research articles and data delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors. You can do this from the website, or install a browser extension.


Kopernio (formerly known as Canary Haz)

Kopernio is a browser plugin that finds the best available PDF of academic articles while you browse. Behind the scenes, Kopernio will search open databases and (where possible) your university’s subscriptions.



BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is a is a multi-disciplinary search engine to academic web resources, created by Bielefeld University Library in Bielefeld, Germany. BASE facilitates effective and targeted searches and retrieves high quality, academically relevant results. Other than search engines like Google or Bing BASE searches the deep web as well. The sources which are included in BASE are selected and reviewed.


OAPEN is an initiative in Open Access publishing for peer reviewed academic books in the humanities and social sciences.

Pre-prints / Repositories

Many institutional repositories contain author versions / pre-prints of scientific articles. Examples:

Google Scholar and Google Scholar button

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.


With the Google Scholar button added to your browser, you get easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Find full text on the web or in your university library. Select the title of the paper on the page you’re reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.

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Interlibrary Loan

You can request copies of articles via the UM Library Interlibrary loan service.


Use the hashtag #icanhazpdf together with a link to the requested publication; if somebody has access, they can/will send you the PDF.

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