What is The Alternatives feature?

The Alternatives feature helps end users easily access e-resources in alternative ways. This service consists of three alternative ways of accessing resources:

Article Alternatives

When a user wants to open an article that is not licensed by the library at that publisher but is in license at another publisher, the extension will notify the user of the location of the licensed article.

For example, when a user is on an article at Jstor, which is not licensed by the library at Jstor but at Wiley, the library can notify the user with a direct link to the licensed article at Wiley.

In this case the end-user would see a pop up similar to this:

eBook Alternatives

Library Alternatives: eBooks is the latest addition to the Library Alternatives module. The feature will identify one or multiple ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) on a page and then query your holdings information for available eBooks. 

For example, when a user is looking for a specific book on Amazon for which his / her institution has license, the extension will pop up with a direct link to the location in license. 

In this case, the end user would see a pop up similar to this:

Open Access Alternative (OA)

When a user wants to open an article that is not licensed by the library, but there is a legal Open Access version available of that article, the extension will notify the user of the location of the Open Access article.

For example, when a user is on an article at Elsevier, which is not licensed by the library, the library can notify the user with a direct link to an Open Access version on ESR Journal.

In this case the end user would see a pop up similar to this:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) / Document Delivery System (DDS)

When a user finds an unlicensed article that is not available in Open Access, the library can provide the user with a direct link to an Interlibrary Loan system or a Document Delivery System (DDS).

In this case the end user would see a pop up similar to this:

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