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Vera: Jump-start your library research

FAQ

1. Why is it that sometimes I can't get to the full text of a particular article?
2. Why are there so many results for which you don't have the full text?
3. How do I access these resources from off-campus?
4. Who may access these resources?
5. Can I create my own set of database to search? Can I store a list of my favorite databases? or favorite searches? or favorite e-journals?
6. May I use bibliographic software to connect to your databases?
7. What's the best URL to use when bookmarking a particular database?
8. What if I have further questions or comments?
 
1. Why is it that sometimes I can't get to the full text of a particular article?
Ideally, when you click on the title of a result, you'll be sent directly to the full text in the particular publication. Sometimes we have the same title available from more than one source, and in that case a menu will appear listing the options, and you can follow the links from there.

Depending on the external site that contains the article, it may not be possible for us to link you all the way to that exact article. Instead, you may land on a search screen where you have to search again for the particular title. This happens when the technology of the external site doesn't work with the technology we use to make the connections. It's not always in our power to bring you the last step of the way.
2. Why are there so many results for which you don't have the full text?
Many of our research databases include citations for titles to which we don't subscribe. In those cases, a menu will appear that provides a link to our interlibrary borrowing service: ILLiad, where you can order copies of articles or borrow books from other libraries, at no cost to you.

We also provide a link that will search our catalog (Barton) for the title you selected. There you can often find a print copy of the journal. If you don't have time to visit the library and copy the article, you can order PDF versions of articles from our collection and have them delivered to you for a small fee.
3. How do I access these resources from off-campus?
If you are searching from off-campus, you'll need MIT certificates in your browser to use Vera and also to view the particular e-journal content on the publishers' sites. Alternatively, you may download and install MIT's VPN client. See Connect from on and off-campus.
4. Who may access these resources?
Current members of the MIT community (MIT certificates required) may access these resources from on or off campus. Vendors from whom we purchase these resources impose license restrictions that prevent us from offering off-campus access to anyone outside the immediate MIT community. Guests may still view the pages that list our e-journals and databases, but they will not be able to access the full-text.
5. Can I create my own set of database to search? Can I store a list of my favorite databases? or favorite searches? or favorite e-journals?
We may add features like this in the future.
6. May I use bibliographic software to connect to your databases?
Yes, see Overview of Citation Software at MIT, EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.
7. What's the best URL to use when bookmarking a particular database?
We have set up a system of "shortcut" URLs that are easy to remember and will not change over time. For example, Compendex has this shortcut: http://libraries.mit.edu/get/compendex. Look for the shortcut URL below the title of each database in our A-Z listings of databases.
8. What if I have further questions or comments?
Try our "Ask Us" service for general research questions and technical help. For comments or suggestions, try "Tell Us."

 

 
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