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Alums and members of the community regularly ask if it is possible to arrange for the same kind of off-campus access as is held by those currently affiliated with UT-Austin --- it isn't.  

Nor have we found an organization to join that offers the kind of library access you'd like to have.  We offer good access to subscription sources if you can come to campus; however, getting set up for that access is complicated.  Some information is here and it is a good idea to talk with staff before you make a special trip.

Otherwise, here are suggestions of freely available options.  Some are always a first choice and some are work-arounds.  See the Free Resources page of the Access the Library After Graduation Guide for information about other subject areas. 

Some Basics

Public Library Holdings

In Texas, public libraries are usually part of the TexShare community, providing access to a set of excellent databases, including full-text for many articles.  Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete are great databases for STEM content.


Always Available


From the Libraries Databases List

The list of library Databases includes many freely available databases.  The list may be sorted in various ways.  The Open Access "type" may be used alone or with a "subject" to find options.

Of note for STEM research:

Plus databases that the UT-Austin Libraries have in a different form.  These should not ask for credentials, though full-text will only be supplied if it is open-access.


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