Off-campus access to library resources
Current University students, staff and faculty should be able to get full text and online access to the University Libraries from anywhere. Here are three ways to access the library full text from off campus.
- Search the University of Minnesota library website. Log in with your UMN Internet ID and password to access resources.
- Log in using the U of M Virtual Private Network (VPN). You will need to download it VPN software to your computer from campus OIT (Office of Information Technology).
- Install the Libraries' Proxy Bookmarklet to your browser and click it to reload the page with your U of M login to get access to full text. Watch a proxy bookmarklet video (3 min) to learn more.
View examples and learn more on our How to get to full text from on and off campus Guide.
Start exploring the literature
News from scientific societies
Physics Today from the American Institute of Physics
Physics World from the Institute of Physics
Astronomy & Geophysics from the Royal Astronomical Society
AAS Nova from the American Astronomical Society
Elements from the Geochemical Society
EOS from the American Geophysical Union
Geology Today from the Geologists' Association and the Geological Society of London
BAMS from the American Meteorological Society (or view and search open access articles)
Optics and Photonics News from the Optical Society
Annual Reviews are journals that publish review articles (overviews of a topic) only.
You can also search Web of Science or Scopus for a topic and filter results for review articles.
Look up original research articles on your topic but read the introduction section first. It will provide an overview of the topic. Keep track of the articles it cites too, and look up the references that might be useful.
- KnovelBasic information about research in science and engineering. Start here, find an article or chapter about your topic, and look at the reference list for more articles.
Article database shortcuts
- arXivOpen access archive for scholarly articles and preprints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Articles and e-prints are not peer-reviewed by arXiv.
- Astrophysics Data SystemDigital library portal covering publications in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and the arXiv e-prints. Includes articles available from publishers websites, astronomical object information, data catalogs and data sets hosted by external archives. ADS also tracks citations and usage statistics.
- Web of ScienceA comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences. View this tutorial to learn how to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of journal articles and scholarly materials.
- ScopusSearch for information from scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Covers the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
- Google Scholar (Setup connection to get to PDFs)Use Google Scholar to find articles from academic publishers, professional societies, research institutes, and scholarly repositories from colleges and universities. If you are using from off-campus access, change the "Library Settings" to University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Look for the "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" links in your Google Scholar search results to access full text and PDFs. View this tutorial to learn how to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of journal articles and scholarly materials.
- INSPIRE High-Energy PhysicsSearch scholarly information in high-energy physics, including articles, preprints, letters, and data. Search tools also include reference lists and citation metrics.
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