Access to Research

Access to Research

This guide will show you how to use Access to Research which provides free access to published research from academic journals and conferences.

You can also print or download this Access to Research helpsheet [815 KB].

Access to Research is only available on computers in all 36 West Sussex Libraries.

How to use Access to Research

On a library computer, go to eInformation: Online Reference Library and click A-Z of electronic resources.

Screenshot showing eInformation Library

Scroll down and click on Access to Research

Screenshot of Access to Research Link

The Access to Research main screen will appear. To search the database, click on the pink Search tab on the top right of the screen.

Image of Access to Research Homescreen

The text search bar will then appear on screen. You can type the terms you wish to search the database for here.

Image of Access to Research Search Bar showing search for ecigarettes

In this example we are searching for research into eCigarettes by typing the term into the search bar.

Click on the pink Search tab and then Accept the terms and conditions flash that appears, to run the search. Access to Research will display the results of your search.

You can also narrow down the search results by selecting specific topics within a subject, using the Content Type, Publication Date and Discipline options on the left hand side of the screen.

Image of Access to Research showing results for ecigarettes

Click on the article title or the full text online option to see if you can view the full article.

Access to Research will open a link to the online journal and article. Click on Download PDF to open the article in full text.

Screenshot of research article Electronic Cigarettes: A Primer for Clinicians


Sometimes the full text of articles will not download or only an abstract of the article will be available. 

This is because only research funded by the UK government is freely accessible on Access to Research.

If you still require the article, you can use the catalogue details on Access to Research to request a paper copy of the article via the Request items we don’t stock service (scroll down and choose Request a periodical article). There is a charge to use this service.

Other ways we can help you find the information that you need:

Contact the Library Service

Local Clubs and Societies

Family History

Local History


Homework and Research


This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2020.

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