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Alumni: Searching for information

Library Search

Library Search is DMU's main search engine and searches for books, journal articles and other materials.

Online material that is licensed to the university is not available to alumni or external users.

However, you can refine your search to find online material available in open access format that is freely available for anyone to use, by selecting the open access category from the left-hand menu. This will filter out licensed e-resources where we are unable to provide access for alumni.

Alumni are not able to access PCs in the library. However, Library Search can be accessed remotely, using the search box from the main library website.

Open access extensions

Plugins are available that will automatically check for free copies of articles you've found online.

  • Google Scholar button: If you find a citation for an article (but no link to the full text), you can click on the button to find out whether the article is available anywhere else.  
  • Unpaywall:  This looks for articles that are open access or uploaded by the paper's authors. Whenever you come across a paper whose full text is freely available, a green open padlock will open on the side of the web page. 

All plugins are available for Google Chrome and for some versions of Firefox. They can be installed from the Chrome Web store and the Add-ons for Firefox page.

Other free online resources

Find a list of other free online resources