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How do I access ScienceDirect articles?

I want to download PDFs from ScienceDirect but sometimes it won't let me. Help!
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015  |  250 Views

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ScienceDirect contains three kinds of articles - Open Access, entitled to full text, and not entitled to full text. Each article in your search results will have an icon on the right-hand side indicating the status of the article - orange for Open Access, green for entitled to full text, and gray for not entitled to full text.

Image showing full text access icons

The article's status depends on both the original publisher (the journal) and our subscription to the database. ScienceDirect does allow users to download PDF copies of articles, as long as the article is either Open Access or permitted for full text reading.

If the article is Open Access or permitted for full text, there should be a button that says Download PDF in the top left-hand corner, as circled on the image below. Open Access articles should be available for download anywhere. Articles that are marked as entitled to full text will be downloadable if you are on campus.

Image showing download PDF button in ScienceDirect

If you are off campus and would like to download an article, you must register with ScienceDirect using your Ryerson email address. Click on the Remote Access button at the top of the page to begin the registration process.

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