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Finding full text

You may have noticed that sometimes you only get a summary of an article you found online. You then have to pay for the full text. In that case you can try the following tips.

Tip 1: Link resolver

Using Google Scholar you can check whether the library of NHL Stenden, via the databases, gives access to the full text of an article. You can then choose the option: Full Text@NHL Stenden

If you search via Google Scholar at home, you first have to adjust a setting in order to be able to see the link resolver. You can do this as follows:

Google Scholar drop-down menu at the top left (the three dashes) -> Settings ->

Library links -> search for ‘NHL Stenden’ -> check the box next to NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Full Text@NHL Stenden -> Save

You will now see the option ‘Full Text@NHL Stenden’ on the right-hand side of the results list if a database allows access to the full text of an article found.

NB This works for the largest databases but not all.

Tip 2: Web browser extensions

You can install a browser extension through Unpaywall that automatically searches for an open access version of an article. It’s very simple: the Unpaywall lock turns green when an open access version of the article is found.

Another similar option is the browser extension Open Access Button.

Both unpaywall and Open Access Button search the internet for you for available pdfs.

Tip 3: Become a member of the royal library

For 15 euros (students receive a 50% discount) you are a member of the KB (KB – Koninklijke Bibliotheek) for a year and can make use of the digital sources of the Royal Library in The Hague.

Tip 4: Interlibrary Loan (IBL)

Through the library of NHL Stenden you can request books and/or articles from the collections of other libraries. This Interlibrary Loan (IBL) is not free of charge, please ask at the information desk for more information.