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How to access Elsevier articles

MIT Libraries no longer subscribes to Elsevier articles published from 2020 and after. In most cases, we do have access to articles from 2019 and before. See options below for how to get Elsevier articles. 

If you want to know more, see why MIT ended its contract with Elsevier.

We continue to have access to Elsevier-published e-books, book series, handbooks, reference works, and databases. 

For any MIT Libraries subscriptions, remember that you need to authenticate to online resources for access. If you need more help, Ask Us.

Options for getting Elsevier articles

MIT Libraries

Search for the article in the MIT Libraries catalog Search Our Collections. (Sign in to ensure access.)

If you find the article: 

  • You’ll see various access options like “Available Online,” “Get PDF,” and “Read Online.”

If you don’t find the article:

  • In the left-hand menu under “Apply filters” choose “Expand search beyond MIT subscriptions.”
  • If you find a result and the only option is “Check for online access,” click into the record to see options in the “Get it online” section.
    • If you see “Request article/PDF,” this will connect you either to the Article Galaxy Service, which provides expedited access (usually < 30 min) to certain Elsevier articles; or our ILLiad/Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) article request form (usually ~ 1-2 days).
  • If you don’t find the article at all or get no access options, you can submit an Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) article request via your ILLiad account.

Google Scholar, PubMed and other databases

Open repositories 

Some ways to find legal, open versions of scholarly articles:

Learn more about finding open access content

Quick guide: Alternative access to Elsevier articles (pdf)


Page last updated on August 22, 2022