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Alternative Access: Home

Access to scientific resources

Alternative accessAn organization must have a subscription to access e-resources. FinELib is a consortium of Finnish universities and it negotiates agreements with publishers for the Finnish scholarly community. Tampere University Library is part of these agreements, which offers you access to scholarly journals. The library also makes agreements directly with publishers offering you an access to wide range of e-resources e.g. books and journals. The access to these subscribed e-resources is through Andor.

In addition to library's subscribed e-resources there are other ways to access information by using Alternative Access (AA) tools (see figure on right). This guide helps you find resources the library has not subscribed to such as Open Access (OA) materials.

Open Access (OA) means free availability of scientific information such as OA articles and books. The user has the right to read, copy, print and link to full-text versions of scientific publications. A scientific publication can be defined as publicly available once it is readable on the Internet by both the scientific community and the general public, free of charge. Read more about OA.

You can make your articles openly available by self-archiving or publishing in Gold Open Access or hybrid publication channels. Find more detailed information about self-archiving and how to do it.

Check Andor first

Before you use Alternative Access tools, check if you have access via Tampere University Library.

If you are looking for articles or books:

  1. Check if you can find them in Andor. See Andor instructions.
  2. If you can not find an article, use Andor's Journal search to see if we have a subscription for the journal where the article is published. 

Notice that:

  • Some articles have embargo periods and you can not access the full-text during it
  • There may be a delay before latest articles/books can be found through search engines, try the publishers' own databases instead
  • Often databases find only references of articles/books and you don't have access to the full-text.

Ongoing negotiations

FinELib negotiates agreements with publishers. You can monitor the progress and results of these negotiations
on FinElib´s webpage.

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