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Requesting PDFs

How to request a pdf using library resources.

Step 1: Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar for the title of the article.

Look, there are two full-text options (pdf & html) on the right-hand side! Click those for the full text.

 

Step 2: request via UCSF

No full text on Google Scholar? Fill out the form here with your citation info, and the pdf will be emailed to you within a few days. 

Step 3: alternative options

The options above will get you the PDF faster, but it doesn't hurt to try alternative options

  • Ask the author for the article via email, twitter, ResearchGate, etc.
  • Try Unpaywall or Open Access button
  • Sci-Hub is not recommended as it's illegal in some countries. Know your copyright laws!