To find out what ejournals are available, try our Find ejournal service.
Find ejournal includes:
You can also link to all our ejournals from YorSearch:
If a journal is available electronically, click the View it link to access the full text.
|Link to journal articles from databases||
When you get your results from a search of a database, you will see either:
Click on the icon or link to check if we have the full text of a journal article. A YorSearch window will open providing information about whether we have access to an article online. The following tabs may display:
A DOI is a unique and persistent alphanumeric label, (a NISO standard), created to identify a piece of intellectual property; mostly used for articles in ejournals, but also for ebooks and chapters within them.
As it will not change it can be used to create a stable URL for embedding links to e-resources in web pages, etc.
See our DOI briefing note for more information.
The Library currently subscribes to over 10,000 ejournals and ebooks, all of which can be linked to.
The exact linking method varies depending upon the publisher site but there are two main alternatives:
Use the YorSearch Citation Linker linking to capture a stable URL. YorSearch URLs are stable because the Library maintains a 'knowledge base' for all of its ejournals, which means that URLs are maintained to take account of any changes a publisher may make.
As a result, YorSearch URLs should always remain intact and not produce broken links.
Additionally, YorSearch checks for all full text providers for the article automatically and where appropriate offers multiple routes.
Finally, YorSearch linking provides the user with a consistent initial interface similar to what they will find in databases.
To create a stable YorSearch URL, use one of the following procedures:
Link to a specific journal article using the YorSearch Citation Linker
The minimum amount of information needed for a workable URL is:
The more information you enter into the Citation Linker, the more complete your citation will be.
Once the details are entered:
The link will then open a YorSearch page showing the specific article details the user can then link to the full text of the article via the View it link.
Some publishers do not support the ability to link to article level and may only link to the journal title level, therefore each link needs to be considered on its merits. If you find that this is the case you may wish to use direct linking.
Where direct linking to an article is appropriate please use the following method.
Beware: this method may be prone to the instability of publisher URLs, should a publisher change their URL the link will be broken and have to be mended if and when it comes to your attention.
Nearly all our ejournals can be accessed from University network computers without the need for a special username and password.
If you use links in YorSearch or our Find ejournal service you will need to login using your IT Services username and password.
All titles are also available off campus. You should use links in YorSearch or our Find ejournal service where you will be asked to log in using your IT Services username and password.
What if I'm not a member of the University of York?
If you are not a University of York member of staff or student, you will only have access to the full text of the small number of journals which are freely available to anyone.
If you are able to visit the Library in person you can access a wider range of ejournals using our Walk-in Access service. Publishers' licence conditions restrict off campus access to ejournals to University of York staff and students only.
There are two formats which are commonly used for ejournals:
An ejournal may:
The ejournals in Find ejournal all contain full text articles.
You can use the Print option in your browser to print the full text and graphics of an article.
Remember that you can change your print options to reduce your printing costs:
Saving and downloading articles
You can use the Save option in your browser to save the article to a file.
Copyright legislation restrictions
Remember that copyright legislation applies when you print from an ejournal. The "fair dealing" provision in copyright law permits individuals engaged in research or private study to print or photocopy only one complete article from a single issue of a journal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking copyright law.
For more information about copyright please see the Copyright pages.
Publisher licence restrictions
The ejournals we subscribe to are also subject to licence agreements with the publishers who produce them. The conditions of licences with individual publishers and information providers vary, but they always prohibit downloading a substantial part of a database or the entire contents of a publication, for example an entire issue of an ejournal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking the licence agreement.
When should I use the Find ejournal service and when should I use a database?
Use the Find ejournal service when you know the journal title you need, for example if you are looking for a reference on your reading list.
Use a database when you need to find out what articles are available on your subject in a range of journal titles. See our E-resources Guide for information on the databases we provide and how they can help you.
Why do some links go directly to the journal title, but others go to a search page?
Some publishers don't allow us to link directly to the specific journal title. In these cases you will need to search for the journal title or for an article title if you have it.
Find ejournal says that a journal is available in full text but the article I want is only an abstract. Why is this?
Some publishers don't give permission for the most recent issues of a journal to be made available in full text electronic format. This embargo can range from a couple of months up to a year, depending on the title. During this time you may still be able to access the table of contents and abstracts.
How much do ejournals cost?
There are a variety of subscription arrangements for ejournals.
NESLi2 is the UK's national initiative for the licensing of ejournals on behalf of the higher and further education and research communities.
Since 1999 we have taken advantage of deals negotiated with leading scholarly publishers which have lessened the financial, legal and technical barriers to the widespread take-up of ejournal provision.
Unfortunately, many publishers are unwilling to offer deals and in these cases ejournals can be an expensive option.