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Accessing journals lost through subscription cancellation

There are alternate ways to obtain access to a needed article.

As of Jan. 1, 2020, the University Library will no longer have continuing access to the majority of journal titles from Taylor & Francis and Wiley-Blackwell as part of our Balancing the Collections Budget process.

We have re-subscribed to individual titles from each publisher with the amount saved from withdrawing from the respective “big deal” subscriptions.

If the University Library no longer has immediate access to a journal you require as a result of cancelling these subscriptions, there are other ways to obtain access to titles.

Interlibrary loan (ILL)

Reliable and fast, the University Library’s interlibrary loan service provides resources from libraries across Canada and around the world.

Electronic versions of journal articles and book chapters can arrive in as little as 24 hours as a PDF file. Most article requests can be saved or printed, as long as copyright guidelines are followed. Once your document is available, a temporary link and instructions for document retrieval are emailed to your official USask email account (abc123@usask.ca).

For more information about the University Library’s ILL service, or to make a request, visit library.usask.ca/ill.

Open access versions

Authors may make versions of their articles freely (and legally) available online through open access repositories. Install the browser extension Unpaywall, or search Google Scholar, to quickly find these free and legal versions.

Libraries elsewhere need to cancel journals too. If you want all interested readers to be able to access your work then consider self-archiving a version in HARVEST, our institutional repository, or a disciplinary repository (search the Directory of Open Access Repositories OpenDOAR for one in your discipline).

Contact the author directly

If there is a journal article you require that the library no longer has access to, contact the author directly and ask if they will provide a copy of their article. Many publishers permit this form of “scholarly sharing” for personal research purposes. 

Reaching out to these authors directly helps to build community, supports their work and ensures their important research is accessible to all.

For more information

For more information about these alternate access methods, or if you are an instructor that requires articles for distribution to your students, please contact your subject librarian or the library.

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