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IdeaExchange@UAkron is our institutional repository. Preserve your work and make it easier to find via Google. Create a SelectedWorks page to promote your most important works.

When posting work, always follow the publisher's guidelines.

How to Connect to The University of Akron Libraries to get Full-Text in Mendeley Groups

Have a Mendeley Account? Connect to UA Libraries to find full-text documents easier.

Not all publications are free from Mendeley or publisher's Web sites when using the DOI, so it is best to add UA Libraries to Library Access Links. Mendeley is in the process of changing their pages; therefore, it is easiest to add UA Libraries by

  1. going to the Sharing/Importing Web page directly.
  2. If you don't have The University of Akron listed as a library access link, use the Add a Library Manually button
  3. enter the following:
    • For the Name textbox: The University of Akron
    • For the Base URL textbox:

This will add UA Libraries to the Find this paper at: dropdown when using Mendeley Groups.

Want to Access Electronic Resources Off-Campus?

Use the proxy server by accessing resources using the UA Libraries Catalog or Web site. You will be prompted for your UANet ID and password from The University of Akron Login screen. Most of the time you will be prompted one time per browser session.

NOTE: If you go to the URL of the resource directly, you will bypass the proxy server.

Some resources like Refworks will require another user id and password, but most don't. Often when you are prompted by ANYTHING besides The University of Akron Login screen, either

  • you did not go through or were somehow dropped by the proxy server or
  • we do not have access to the particular item (an article from a year of a journal that is not part of our subscription). Check the E-Journal Portal to verify dates that we have access.

Where do I start?

Subject or Course Guides are a great place to go to find out about a subject (If this is the subject you seek, you are already here!).

Search-A-Roo is a good place to start (go to guide for more information). It searches several of our databases and catalogs simultaneously. This is not to be used for in-depth research.

thumbs upGood use – Find one article to review for a class project.

thumbs downPoor use – Perform a background search for your thesis.


Use the databases directly for in-depth research on a topic. If you know exactly what book (or DVD, etc.) that you want, use the catalog directly.

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How do I Find a Specific Article?

Do you know WHERE the Article is (what journal, conference, volume, pages, etc)? Use the UA Libraries Catalog.

Need a SPECIFIC Article that Can't be Accessed Electronically and is Not in Our Library? Try

How do I Find Articles on a Topic?

Use databases on the Articles & Books using Databases Tab. Use the descriptions to find the databases closest related to your topic and that contain articles.

Where should I start? Try the following

Springboard Tutorials (for Faculty)

Want to link to Library Tutorials to your course content in Springboard?

There are Springboard Modules in the Learning Repository containing links to Library tutorials on our Web site:

  • Library Tutorials – Engineering Village Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Finding ASTM, ANSI, ISO, and IEEE Standards
  • Library Tutorials – ACM Digital Library Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – IEEE Xplore Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Web of Science Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Computer and Applied Sciences Complete Tutorials
  • Library Tutorials – Design Project Seminar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Library Tutorials – Literature Review Workshop (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

To add any of these modules to your courses, select (Admin Tools) from the upper right and the Import/Export/Copy Components hyperlink.

Select Import Components and from Learning Object Repository. Search for and select the tutorial, create a dynamic link, then select the Create a Topic button.