Once you have graduated, you will not be able to access resources such as electronic journals via SHU. If you’ve secured a job in another university, or in an institution with its own access, this won’t be a problem. But what if you haven’t, and still want to keep up with the literature and news in your field?
There are are number of options outlined below. For more details, contact the team.
Associate SHU access and walk in membership
You can join SHU’s library service as an Associate Member. This will give you access to the walk-in database services. For more details see the guide to Associate status and the guide to the walk-in service.
Application for extended access - writing a book from your thesis
An extension of a doctoral student's network login can be granted under exceptional circumstances to allow the student to write up their PhD as a scholarly monograph directly after graduation. Extensions will be decided on a case-by-case basis via a formal process. The maximum extension is a year since the date of conferment (ie the date mentioned on the certificate).
Because of licensing issues, this arrangement cannot be invoked once a student has left the University. In case a former student needs access to Library resources, the Library offers Associate Membership to all former students which grants walk-in access to certain resources. There is a list of resources that the Library can legally offer walk-in access.
Criteria for eligibility
A formal process is needed to identify students who might qualify for this exception and for approval of applications. This process is as follows:
The student will have continued use for a period of one year since the date of conferment of: (1) online Library resources, (2) and any networked storage specified in the request.
To ensure the student has uninterrupted use of their login, the DoS / HoRD are advised to inform IT Help / Library Research Support at least one month before the date of conferment.
It is expected that on publication students will donate a copy of their book to the Library.
There are a number of Open Access search engines and tools you can use to find Open Access versions of publications. A few are listed here.
http://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/opendoar/ Search for open access repositories; can also search for publications
https://doaj.org/ List of OA journals; can also search for articles
Many fields now have a dedicated pre-print server, and there is also an increasing number of open access platforms. A selection is listed here.
https://arxiv.org/ Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
https://peerj.com/preprints-search/?journal=peerj Mainly Biology and Medicine
https://f1000research.com/ Life sciences
https://www.ssrn.com/ Social Science
https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ Social Science
If you are a member of a professional organisation, it is worth checking to see if they provide access to publications- many offer access to important journals.
It is worth following organisations, publications, and authors on social media and /or subscribing to their website feeds- they will often post details of new work, tables of contents, etc.
You will continue to have access to RefWorks after you graduate. Remember to change the email address you use to a non-SHU address.
If you use another system, such as Mendeley or Zotero, your access was never linked to SHU membership and will remain the same after graduation.
It’s important to remember that suppliers of software can vary the conditions of access.