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A good first place to start. HKUST Library's "One stop" search  (library + several other databases at once)

  • For books only, choose Library Catalog   | For articles only, choose Primo Central
  • Know the author (like Caroline Pluss)?
    • Use the drop-down menu & search the author's name.
  • Know the title? 
    • Use the drop-down menu for title.

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BrowZine is an app that consolidates scholarly journals from multiple publishers and platforms into an easily browsable format, optimized for iPhones, iPads or Android tablets and phones.

  • Current and back issues of journals back to 2005 can be browsed
    • by subjects
    • by  A - Z title list.
  • You  can add favorite journals on "My Bookshelf" and save articles for future reading.
  • Article links can be also be shared via email and various social media platforms and exported to Refworks.

Browzine How To Guide

Tools to speed up full-text access


provides instant links to full-text content for articles subscribed by the library or open access alternatives, no matter when you are on- or off-campus.

  1. Add LibKey extension to your browser (support Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) 

Choose Browser & Install

  1. Select "Hong Kong University of Science and Technology" - it's DONE!

Try searching for an article on Google Scholar, a database, or a journal's page. Click the Download button to get the PDF or link to another available version.


Example 1: A journal article's page


Example 2: A Wikipedia page

A short video to learn how LibKey works.


is a similar tool to help you skip the paywall and get permissible full-text content. 

Install Unpaywall extension to your browser  (support Chrome, Firefox) 

Try searching for an article on Google Scholar, a database, or a journal's page. When you see the Green tab beside an article, click on it to read full-text.

Link your Google Scholar with the Library

helps you quickly get the full-text article especially when you are off campus

This can be done by activating the "Library Links" in your Google Scholar so that your search results would include links to help you route through the Library subscriptions.

  1. Go to Google Scholar, then click "Settings"
  2. In the "Library Links" section, key in "Hong Kong University of Science and Technology"
  3. Check the "The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - Find@HKUST"
  4. Click "Save" at the bottom

After the preference is set, you will see "Find@HKUST Library" on your result list. Clicking on this link will prompt you to log in with your ITSC account after which you can access the subscribed content.

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