How can I access full-text journal articles once I’ve graduated?
While the Wahlstrom Library’s licenses do not permit us to give electronic resource access to anyone who is not a current student or employee of the University of Bridgeport, there are options for obtaining full text articles and resources after graduation.
This is, obviously, the best-case scenario – if your workplace has its own institutional licenses and offers access to electronic resources, you should be able to obtain the type of full text resources you need to perform your job duties.
Statewide database access in your community
Some states (though not all) have a State Library or other group which may participate in a consortial buying arrangement whereupon they may offer certain databases/journals free of charge to all state residents who have a valid library card. For example, the Wahlstrom Library has access to several databases offered by the Connecticut State Library.
Check with your home state to see if this service is offered. If so, the information should be available via your local library.
Interlibrary Loan in your community
Every library has the ability to participate in Interlibrary Loan systems – policies, and costs to the patron (if any) will vary. Contact your local library to inquire about their Interlibrary Loan policies, and you may be able to use this route to obtain books and journals or articles.
Walk-in site access to other colleges/university’s resources
Though we are unable to offer this with our licenses, some colleges and universities will allow people who are not students or employees to walk into the library and access electronic resources while there. Check with local institutions to see if they allow this access.
Health Science Libraries
Health science professionals who find their medical literature via Pubmed can often order articles using a local health science library for interlibrary loan for a fee. Contact the National Library of Medicine or the National Institute of Health to find out what library near you would offer this service.
1findr is a large open access repository that contains over 30 million journal articles that can be accessed for free.
Commercial Subscription & Pay-Per-View (PPV) Services
DeepDyve is a company which offers both subscription plans and pay-per-view options to buy access to research articles.
Ingenta Connect offers a pay-per-view service for researchers to gain access to articles.