Library Services

Remote Access to eBooks and Full Text Articles

JHU Libraries provide access to full text articles from a massive set of databases, but to get to them when you’re not on campus you need to follow some extra steps.



  • Browse databases by subject or title
  • Use when you know the database or subject you want
  • Going to a database via this site will allow you to access full text articles where available


  • Find full text articles and some eBooks, as well as patents, book reviews, and more
  • Use when you know the title or author you are looking for
  • Search via > Articles & Databases > Google Scholar to ensure you get full text access where available
  • You can also configure Google Scholar to always recognize you as a Hopkins affiliate, here’s how

Secure VPN

When you log into the VPN all your internet browsing will be routed through the campus network, giving you access to articles, databases, and other tools that you can automatically open while on campus.

Using the VPN can be a good option if you are doing an extended online research session because you won’t have to worry about logging in in multiple places or having your session time out. It reduces the amount of troubleshooting you have to do if you have difficulty accessing the full text of an article you need.

To sign up for the VPN, log in to and follow the steps in the left side bar under “VPN.” For help, check out this guide from JHU IT.


You may request electronic delivery of articles that are unavailable in full text using the methods above. Contact with questions about requests.

*Note that delays in borrowing during the COVID-19 closure may occur.

Research Consultation

Get research help from a librarian with subject expertise

Data Services & GIS

  • Data management and sharing
  • Using GIS and geospatial data
  • Finding and accessing data
  • Using tools and software for working with data

Online Workshops

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Configure Google Scholar to access full text items
    1. In Google Scholar, select the menu icon in the top left corner
    2. In the left sidebar, select “Settings” (gear icon)
    3. In the left sidebar, select “Library Links”
    4. Search for “Johns Hopkins” in the search box
    5. Check the boxes for all Johns Hopkins options
    6. Select “Save”

    See our research guide for more information.

  • Faculty & Instructors: How do I find electronic versions of my assigned articles, books and films?

    Send requests to Our staff will make course material (articles, eBooks) available from a link in your Canvas site.

    If you choose to post your own readings, books and films

    • For articles, become familiar with quickly finding the electronic version of desired articles and upload accessible pdfs (video tutorial)
    • For films, send a request to to get help with access or streaming options


    • Become familiar with the process of verifying if an eBook version is owned and see how to link to it (video tutorial).
    • If you can’t find it as an eBook, contact, we may be able to purchase the title as an eBook or we may check this list and steer you to a version that publishers have made freely available during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • If the book is only in print, send requests to and “on demand” we will make available scanned copies of books needed for teaching.

    Consider substituting Open Education Resources (OER)

    At the end of the semester, please plan to remove all pdfs and weblinks you added.

  • Will I accrue fines for items I can’t return right now?
    • Fines for overdue items are suspended and where possible due dates are being automatically extended.
    • Book recall has been disabled.
    • Please do not attempt to return books at this time. The book return drop has been closed. 
  • Students & Researchers: Can I request an eBook that is not currently available?

    Email a librarian at, we may be able to purchase the title as an eBook or we may check this list and steer you to a version that publishers have made freely available during the COVID-19 Pandemic.