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Alternative Access to Articles: Need a Paper? Get a Plug-in!

This guide provides information about various types of browser plug-ins that may be helpful when accessing scholarly publications.
Last Updated: Jul 7, 2020 3:43 PM

Finding the full text of articles can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be!

If you search for scholarly publications from off-campus or using tools like Google Scholar, you can use a browser plug-in to help locate the full text of the articles you need.

The best part? These plug-ins are FREE (and some can connect to UB subscriptions too)!

Article Access Plugins Logos

So...which should you use?

With so many browser plug-in options, which one is right for you? They (mostly) offer the same services, so it could be a matter of personal preference. However, there are a few features to compare, which are outlined in the comparison chart below. All of the plug-ins are FREE to use! 

Plug-In

What browser does it work with?

Does it connect to UB Libraries subscription databases?

Does it work on and off-campus?

Can I export the citation to Citation Management Software (i.e., EndNote)?

Do I need an account or login to use?

LibKey Nomad

Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Brave (Firefox coming soon)

Yes

Yes

No

No

Kopernio

Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (your Clarivate* account)

Unpaywall Extension

Chrome, Firefox

No (searches Open Access papers only)

Yes

No

No

CORE Discovery

Chrome

No (searches Open Access papers only)

Yes

No

No

Google Scholar Button

Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Yes (library links work best on campus)

Yes (library links work best on campus)

No

Yes (your Google account)

*Clarivate also owns Web of Science and EndNote, so if you have an account for one or both of these products, you can use the same login for Kopernio.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It might be beneficial to use more than one browser plug-in to search for full-text article access since they have different coverage. However, if you do use more than one, please be aware of the following potential issue:

  • If using LibKey Nomad and Kopernio plug-ins, they appear in the same place on the screen, so they may overlap.
    • FIX: The Kopernio pop up offers an "X" to close the pop-up, if you prefer to see the LibKey Nomad result.

BrowZine

Browzine logo

Delivery+

Still hitting a paywall for article access? Don't pay!

If the article you need is not part of a UB subscription and is not available openly, use UB Libraries Delivery+ service to get the article. It's completely free for UB faculty, staff, and students! 

Simply log in with your UBIT name and password, then fill out a brief form for the item you need. Articles are delivered to you electronically!

Help

Still running into trouble? Contact your subject librarian for additional help. We are here to help!

Contact

Questions about the content of this Guide? Contact the Guide owner Erin Rowley at epautler@buffalo.edu