Efficiently accessing journal articles while off campus


PubMed is often the best practice for biology researchers to find and discover publications related to biological topics. UT researchers can bookmark the following URL for when they are off campus and use it to begin their search at PubMed, which adds a Find it @UT button for full access to the right side of each individual publication's details page: PubMed with Find it @UT links

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is their search engine that will only provide results from peer-reviewed publications in any field. UT researchers can bookmark the following URL for when they are off campus and use it to begin their search at Google Scholar, adding a Find it @UT link alongside each search result: Google Scholar with Find it @UT links

Google Scholar also provides the ability to:

  • Creating your own profile connected to your publications and linked to in search results, in order for people to easily see your other publications
  • Setting up email alerts for when your publications or those of other authors of interest are released online or cited in others' publications

Using direct links to journal articles

The experience of receiving an email containing a direct link to an article on the journal's website or attempting to use a URL in a citation manager entry while off campus can be a regular inconvenience. An extra step of using one of the publication search engines above can be eliminated by following the instructions below to create a quicker 'bookmarklet' that simply refreshes the webpage of a closed access journal article you already have open, prompts you once per session to enter your UT login credentials, then accesses the full article.

  1. Open your browser and create a new bookmark of any website
  2. Edit that bookmark's URL and change it to the following javascript command:
  3. Change the name of this new javascript bookmarklet to whatever you wish
  4. Go to the direct link of a closed access journal article
  5. Click your new bookmarklet (it helps to have it on your bookmarks bar, if you use one)
  6. Enter your UT EID and password at the prompt to have the same access as you would while on campus ethernet or wifi


The UT Austin Libraries provide an additional search resource to find only publications that UT has access to—in print or for online access—about any topic. Their advanced search option gives you many options to specify your search query at the following link: scoUT Advanced Search

-- Main.JordanMonk - 21 Aug 2015

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