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Elsevier Article Locator Help

About the Elsevier Article Locator

Because Elsevier articles are often available on multiple websites, the Elsevier Article Locator is here to help you get the article on a website of your choice. You may be presented with a number of links to your articles, and those links may lead to sites you subscribe to as well as sites you are not subscribed to.

To view the article you requested, click on one of the website links. Depending on your entitlements, you may be taken directly to the article, asked to authenticate your account, or be prompted to purchase the article. Contact your librarian or information specialist to find out which websites you are subscribed to.

Once you know which websites you or your institution subscribe to, it is recommended that you select those sites as your preferred sites on the Update Your Website Selections page. If the article exists on more than one of the preferred websites, only the links for the preferred sites are displayed on the Article Locator page.

Links to a non-preferred website will only display if the article is not found on a preferred website. Preferred website links and non-preferred website links will not display on the Article Locator page together. In addition, if the article you requested is available from just one of your preferred sites, the Article Locator takes you directly to the website instead of displaying a choice of links.

Tip   A library or institution may set or reset the preferred Elsevier Websites for a work station so that the users of that work station do not need to do so. It is recommended that the librarian select the institution's subscribed sites as the preferred websites for the work station. For more information on setting preferred Elsevier Websites at the Institutional Level, please see the Librarian Tips/Help area of the ScienceDirect® INFO site.

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Update Your Website Preferences Automatically

The Elsevier Article Locator can select your preferred websites automatically. If you repeatedly choose to get an article from a specific website, the Article Locator can set that website as one of your preferred selections without any intervention from you. You can, of course, override such selection at any time by editing your website selections preferences manually.

You can also turn off the automatic website selection by deselecting the Learn which websites I use checkbox the next time you see the Article Locator page.

Tip   The Learn which websites I use function will modify your Website Selections only after you visit and use the Article Locator page multiple times, so you may not notice any immediate changes. Unless your institution or library has configured your Article Locator preferences at the institution level, your Website Selections will at first show all websites as selected. As you continue to use the Article Locator, your Website Selections will gradually be tailored to display the article automatically instead of displaying the list of sites on the Article Locator page.

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Update Your Website Selections Preferences Manually

The Update Your Websites Selections page allows you to choose which participating websites you prefer to use when viewing articles.

To update your selection of preferred websites

  1. Use the alphabetical listing to locate your preferred websites. When you click on a letter, websites under the alphabetical listing will display.
  2. Click the checkbox next to the name of each website for which you want the Article Locator to return links.
    Tip   Select only those websites in which you or your institution is subscribed.

  3. To select all websites listed, click All. All listed websites will be selected.
    Note The All checkbox is only available if Javascript is enabled for your browser.
  4. Click Save. Your Elsevier Article Locator preferences will be saved.

    OR

    Click Cancel to exit the Article Locator without updating your preferences.

Note   If additional websites are added to the Article Locator, they are added to your list of preferred sites automatically unless you modify your website selection preferences again.

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Errors and Problem Reporting

The Elsevier Article Locator will display an error message if a link to the article you requested can't be provided. There are two main conditions that will cause an error message:

If you experience a problem with the Elsevier Article Locator, use the Feedback link available on the bottom of the Article Locator page to provide us with the information we need to investigate the problem. When submitting feedback, include the title, source, and authors (if known) of the article if you are reporting a problem related to a particular article.

Note   We use ScienceDirect to collect information about problems that occur with the Elsevier Article Locator, so the feedback link takes you to the ScienceDirect site for reporting problems.

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