Answered By: Heidi Anoszko
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2024     Views: 34

Why am I being asked to pay for content I found using a library database?

Certain databases only provide partial content. Sometimes the library subscribes to packages of ebook and journals from publishers instead of buying a full-text database or adding items title-by-title. To help researchers find this content, publishers provide the library with databases that search all their licensable content, even content the library does not pay for. This results in paywall messages that don't go away when you sign in with UWM credentials.

How do I get the content that is behind a paywall?

You don't have to pay! UWM students, staff, and faculty can use Interlibrary Loan services to request content that the Library doesn't have. This includes paywalled articles found using library search tools.

The Interlibrary Loan website has detailed instructions on how to place requests for books, articles, and media that the library doesn't own or subscribe to.

Which databases include content that needs to be requested?

Databases that only offer partial access to books and articles include:

  • ACM Digital Library
  • ACS Publications
  • AIP Publishing
  • Annual Reviews
  • ASME Digital Collection
  • BioOne Complete
  • HathiTrust Digital Library
  • IEEE Xplore Digital Library
  • Institute of Physics Journals
  • Kanopy
  • LWW Health Library Made Incredibly Easy!
  • OECD iLibrary
  • Optica Publishing Group
  • Project Muse
  • RSC Publishing
  • SAE Moblius
  • ScienceDirect
  • SIAM Publications Online
  • SPIE Digital Library
  • SpringerLink
  • SRDS Media Solutions
  • Taylor & Francis eBooks
  • Wiley Online Library

Chat with a Librarian 24/7/365



During busy times and after hours, other librarians from our chat consortium will help you. Have a non-library question? See Contact UWM and Campus IT Support.