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How to access Elsevier articles

Quick guide: Alternative access to Elsevier articles (pdf)


Elsevier journal articles published in 2020 and forward are not available at MIT through Elsevier’s website. We have retained perpetual access to pre-2020 articles in most cases. See this page for more information about the negotiations + FAQs.

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

To access articles published in Elsevier journals prior to December 31, 2019, search for the journal title in the Libraries A-Z list or the Libraries catalog.

For access to articles published after December 31, 2019, members of the MIT community have several options:

  • Find legal, open versions of scholarly articles by searching the MIT Libraries catalog (which integrates a search of the Unpaywall database of OA articles), installing a browser extension, searching an open access repository, or asking the author directly. Learn more about finding open access content.
  • We are piloting a service to provide rapid access to this content through Search Our Collections.
  • Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) is a service subsidized by the Libraries that helps current faculty, students, and staff in the MIT community access materials not available at the MIT Libraries. To request Elsevier articles published after December 31, 2019, click the Access ILLiad button found on the ILB page, and then choose “Article” from the Make a New Request menu (on the left). Articles received via ILB are generally the final published version. Articles usually arrive within 1-2 business days.
  • For further research assistance, please contact Ask Us.

Page updated February 25, 2022