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Finding Journal Articles

Off-Campus Access

If you are off-campus, be sure to use the CEU VPN to view these collections.

Help with searching

Where to search by type of material



The CEU Library provides access to over 52,000 thousand journals, but we don't have every article that you might need for your research.

Begin your search using our library tools, such as Global Search, Databases A-Z, or E-journals & E-books. Be sure to use the CEU VPN.


If you find an article that asks you to pay, as in this example:
purchase for $35.95

...try using the tools listed below to find open access (freely available) articles.

Depending on where you search, an article might be:

  • the final published version
  • an accepted manuscript - peer reviewed, but without final formatting
  • a preprint - manuscript prior to peer review.

Browser extensions for open access content

Open Access Button
Search for open access articles directly on or download an extension for Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. You will be directed only to legally available copies of articles.

Find open access articles easily by installing a plug-in on Chrome or Firefox. If there are free versions of the article, the green tab icon will appear in your browser with a direct link to the full-text article.

CEU Library also integrates Unpaywall in the CEU Library's findit@CEULibrary service available when using Global Search with the CEU VPN.

Searching open access content

Google Scholar
Searching for articles through Google Scholar will find them in well-indexed repositories. The repository versions are usually those deposited by the authors and may include versions prior to peer review.

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)
Provides more than 240 million documents from more than 8,000 content providers. Developed and operated by Bielefeld University Library.

The world’s largest collection of open access research papers. CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research worldwide and deliver unrestricted access for all.

Anetwork of open access repositories, archives and journals that support Open Access policies. Aims to be the European scholarly communication hub providing its services to many European funders.

To learn more about publishing under open access, see our Open Access Primer.

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