Can I get articles from journals and other sources from the Libraries?

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2020     Views: 171

We can provide PDFs of articles from the UMass Amherst Libraries collection and from other libraries at no charge. 

If you're not sure if we have the item that published the article, you can use the Libraries' E-Journal Finder to see if we have access to the journal, magazine or newspaper. If you haven't used the E-Journal Finder previously, the video below shows you how to use it. 

We can also help you see if the article is already available in our of our databases.

To get help, you have have some choices:

  • Contact the librarian for the subject using Find Your Librarian, and they will help you find materials.
  • Send your request directly to us using the question form to the right of this answer on the page.
  • Email us directly at

If we cannot find the article through the resources we subscribe to in the Libraries, you can submit a request for the article through your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account (accessed with your NetID and password). 

If you haven't used ILL previously, you'll be prompted to fill out a short form with some information to help us get items to you. If you haven't used Interlibrary Loan before, you find more information here.

Once you're logged into the ILL system, you'll see a column on the left. Under New Request, select Article/Book Chapter. Fill out the form, and our ILL department will work to fulfill the request. 

Some requests may be delayed due to the closure of other libraries.

These services are available to current students, and current and retired faculty and staff.


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