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A Website Asked Me to Pay for an Article

If you find the perfect article through Google, Google Scholar, or any other database or search engine, and then you are asked to pay for that article - DON’T DO IT! Bell Library can get the article for you without charge, either through print or full text access in our collection, or from another library via interlibrary loan.

Check for Free Articles at the Library

To check whether the A&M-San Antonio Library has access to the article, or whether you will need to request that article through Interlibrary Loan,  try these options:

  • Search one of the library's databases or the library catalog. It is usually easiest to search by title; if you have the exact title, use quotation marks around it. It may help to add the author's name if you are doing a general keyword search. If the article is available, there will be a "View full text" or full text PDF link to it.
  • Search the Find a Specific Journal tool to see if the library has access to the journal. This will also tell you which years of the journal the library has access to and through which database(s).
  • Try Google Scholar. If you search on a campus computer, or if you are using your personal computer and have added Texas A&M University-San Antonio to your library links, look for the Find It @ Bell Library! links.
    • For guidance on how to set up Google Scholar so that it links to the A&M-Corpus Christi Bell library, see the Google Scholar and Library Links page.
    • The example below shows an article result "Missing pages from the human story: World history according to Texas standards" in Google Scholar with the Find It @ Bell Library! link to the right.

article record in Google Scholar

Getting Free Articles from Outside the Library

  • If you have trouble determining whether the A&M-SA Library has your article, Ask Us! Learn more about finding articles in the Looking for a Specific Article or Looking for a Specific Journal pages.
  • If Bell Library does not have the article, there is a good chance it can be obtained through interlibrary loan, so do not pay for it on a journal or publisher site.