Q. When I click Full Text in ScienceDirect, I see a “Purchase PDF” icon. How do I access the full-text article?


Not all of the articles in ScienceDirect are available in full text. The Library subscribes only to subject collections most applicable to NCU programs within this database. If you see a “Purchase PDF” icon, you have tried to access a journal to which we do not subscribe. All accessible articles will have a green icon or an orange “Open Access” icon, as shown below.

For articles that are unavailable through ScienceDirect, we first recommend that you use our Find a Resource tool. Our Locating Publications FAQ explains how you can use this tool to potentially locate the journal available in full text through another Library database.

If Find a Resource reveals that we do not subscribe to the journal, you may request articles that are unavailable from ScienceDirect through Interlibrary Loan. For instructions on how to submit an Interlibrary Loan request for an article please see our ILL Article FAQ.

  • Last Updated Mar 06, 2017
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