In this module, you will learn to:
In most cases, the research materials you found online are not available for free. You might end up at a page asking you to pay for 30 USD to view the full text of just one article. This module shows you the steps of how to get full-text through the Library. As you may know, Library has subscribed hundreds of databases that contain millions of books, journals and other research materials. As a student, you can access all of them for free.
Jump to specific part based on your needs:
Note that for off-campus access to the subscribed e-resources, you will be asked to login with your NetID and NetPassword (see more at off-campus access to e-resources).
The quickest way to find the full-text of books is through a direct search in OneSearch. You may search by Keywords, Title of the Book, Call Number, or an ISBN number. Follow the steps below:
In case you have chance to visit Library and borrow print books here, you can find the location of the book by its Call Number. Click "Location" to see which floor the book is located and find the book from the bookshelf. Check it out at Loan and Return counter at P/F.
Request Print Books from another library
If you have chance to visit Library in person and need a book that's been checked out by others, here are the two ways to help you.
Option 1. HKALL - faster
HKALL is a shared platform by 8 UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong. Eligible users can request a book from other libraries when the copy in PolyU is not available. The book will be then delivered to our Library in about 2-3 working days for pick-up.
Option 2. Place a hold (wait in the queue)
Place a hold to reserve a book when the book is only available in our Library and there are no available copies from HKALL. After you place a hold, the previous user will be asked to return the book in about 28 days.
Follow the steps below to request a book from HKALL or reserve a local copy when HKALL does not apply.
There are couple of ways to help you find articles: OneSearch, Google Scholar, or databases. Below shows the steps of finding an article in OneSearch. Refer to the other tabs to see how to access articles from Google Scholar and databases.
Most of our journals are in e-format. Below is a quick way to help you find a journal and browse its articles.
To get the full text of articles in Google Scholar, we suggest that you access Google Scholar via the Library homepage, especially when you are off campus. By doing this you will be able to directly access the full text of the articles through Library. Follow the steps below:
Find Related Articles
When you found a very relevant article, you may click on "Cited by XX" or "Related articles" to find more similar articles. "Cited by XX" will bring you a list of citing articles - the articles that referenced the article you found. These articles were published after the article you found, and will show you more recent development on the similar topic.
As mentioned in Module 2, databases usually contain specialized materials. To look for journal articles, you may search in an article database. Below is an example of searching articles in one of the article databases:
Find Related Articles
When you found a very relevant article, how do you quickly find related articles based on this one? Follow the tips below.
Cannot find the article? Try ILL.
Request a copy by filling up a form via our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. Alternatively, you may follow the steps below to place a request while you are searching.
Here are a few more examples to help you get access to other types of materials, e.g. standards, statistics, and theses & dissertations.
Note: Please do not share the standard documents with others. Note that your name and the university's name will be auto added on the bottom of every page of each document you downloaded.
Master and PhD theses are also good references when you start your capstone or final year project. The theses usually contain a chapter "Literature Review" where you can find many relevant literature on that topic. You can also learn how a thesis work is structured from these existing works.