The UM Libraries will in most cases have access to the article you are looking for. What options are available if the Libraries don't? A wide range, from browser extensions to interlibrary loan. Below you will find a sampling of some of those tools and services.
If you have any questions about open access tools or services you can contact Adam Clemons. Are you a UM faculty member, researcher, student, or staff and have a favorite tool, service, search engine, or database you use to find open access and free articles? Let Adam know and we can add it here.
If you've exhausted your searching or need the article of record for a preprint you've found, the Libraries offer a free and quick service, interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan allows you to request articles, books, dissertations, DVDs, and a range of other information sources. Within a few hours, or days depending on how tricky the request is, you'll get an e-mail that your article is ready to download or book to pick up. The best part is that there is no charge to you.
Browser extensions allow you to find free versions of articles with one click. There are several popular options.
Researchers like to share their work. If you are having trouble finding a free or open access version of an article trying contacting the corresponding author directly. Their e-mails are available on article pages even for articles that the Libraries do not have access to.
Many researchers also have scholarly social networking accounts with services like ResearchGate or Academia.edu. In addition researchers and labs also have more traditional social media accounts like Twitter. A quick web search can bring any of these up.
These are all great resources for reaching out and contacting authors directly.
To save yourself a trip to the library's website, we suggest trying the UMissMe bookmarklet. The bookmarklet will rewrite the link of the page you are on so that you can log in via the library's proxy server to show that you are a member of the UM community.
How do you that? We have a dedicated page that shows you how to get started including using UMissMe on your iPhone or iPad.