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Finding full-text

To access the full-text of resources, we recommend using the search tools and links provided by the Library on our webpages and in this guide (Finding Resources tab). This way you will be authenticated (logged-in) and recognised as a member of the University of Bristol. 

However, we appreciate that people search and discover resources in a variety of ways, often outside library-mediated routes, so to help ensure you access our paid-for content there are a number of other options available...

Direct login on the provider website

There will often be a link on publisher/service websites (usually top right) that says 'Institutional Login', 'Log in at your home organisation' or simply 'Log in'. Follow the 'UK Federation'/'Shibboleth' route and then search for or select 'University of Bristol'. You will then be directed to the University Single Sign On page, and upon successful login using your UoB username and password, you will be directed back to the service, this time authenticated.

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser add-on for the Chrome, Firefox and Edge browsers that provides access to articles available through Library subscriptions or legal Open Access alternatives. 

LibKey Nomad requires your permission to change data on sites you visit, it is not collecting any personal information.

Once installed, you will be prompted to select an institution. You can type 'Bristol' in the box to get a short list and then click on 'University of Bristol' to complete the process.


LibKey Nomad then scans the pages you visit for publisher URLs. When you land on a page with an article that is available to download, you get a banner alert from LibKey Nomad. Click to download the PDF.

LibKey Nomad will recognise many academic publishers' pages. Major sites include:

  • AAAS (Science)
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Elsevier ScienceDirect
  • Nature
  • Oxford University Press
  • PubMed
  • SpringerLink
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley Online Library

This site allows you to access journal articles using either the digital object identifier (DOI) or PubMed Identifier (PMID). If the article is available through the Library or via Open Access you will be able to access the PDF or the article link.

Go to the landing page

After visiting the landing page, your affiliation with the University of Bristol will be recognised.

Enter the DOI or PMID for the article you wish to view and click 'find article'.

Select 'download PDF' to download the PDF or 'article link' to view the article on the publisher's website. The 'View article in context' option will take you to Browzine and allow you to browse other articles within this journal (for more info see Journal articles and databases section under the Finding Resources tab within this guide).



Accessing resources off-site


Help and advice on accessing the Library's resources both on and off-site.

Getting started with LibKey Nomad

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine that provides a broad search of scholarly literature. It covers multiple disciplines and sources.

Using Google Scholar off campus

To get full-text links in your Google Scholar results, you must first tell Google Scholar that you have access to the University of Bristol library subscriptions by

  • Selecting Settings from the top of the home page
  • Selecting Library Links
  • Searching for the University of Bristol and selecting it from the list
  • Saving your settings

You will now see 'Get It @ Bristol Univ' links next to items in your Google Scholar results that you can use to access the full-text provided by library subscriptions.