Finding free, legal, full-text research papers

The library subscribes to a vast amount of material but have you ever needed a research paper that the library does not hold? Did you use the library’s document delivery service* or did you try to source your own copy outside of the library? With so many platforms and resources offering access to full-text papers, it can be difficult to confirm whether the paper you found on the internet is a legal copy or not.


How to get free research papers’ ( contains a concise list of authoritative sources to find free and legal research papers, and lists other sources to either avoid or use with caution.


* This service is only available to staff and postgraduates of the University.


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