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Accessing Chronicle of Higher Education

September 24, 2012

The question of how to best access the Chronicle of Higher Education frequently gets asked on our Library Help instant message question service, or to me directly. Several options exist with varying degrees of ease and number of steps. I offer you the most common options so you can choose based on your situation and preferences.

A. Most Efficient for Following Links Supplied by Faculty:
If your instructor has supplied links to articles on the native website, one of the following preparatory steps is required to make those links work for you.
1.) Either log into Drexel's VPN (virtual private network) so the Chronicle will recognize your Drexel affiliation.
2.) Or log in through the Library's university-wide subscription so we can authenticate you as a Drexel user. Then just keep that browser tab open while you log into the article links by way of a second browser tab. This works similarly to most of our databases - that once you have logged in with your Drexel credentials through one browser window, it will hold that session authentication across other browser tabs you open.

B. Quick & dirty, One article, Text-only
Copy/ paste the TITLE of the ARTICLE into the default search box on the front page of our website Be sure to put QUOTATION MARKS around what you have pasted in, so our amazing 'Summon' discovery tool can find that article on any of the six or more databases we have that carry the Chronicle. Your results will be better if the article title is somewhat unique. See the abstract in Summon and click on the link for full text. It calls up either the full text or a page with links to full-text on more than one vendor's platform.
Here's an example:

1.) Searching the article title 'Cable is the New Novel' gets this result in Summon.

2.) Then clicking the option for full text retrieves links on Drexel's 'Get It' page for two vendor platform options.
Choose either the native interface of the Chronicle for all the graphics, or choose the text-only version on Proquest.

C. Power-searching
You may notice that the website offers no 'advanced search' feature. Searching on commonly used keywords can bring too many results, but sometimes that is all you have. One good way to limit results is by searching within specific date ranges. This can be done through our current subscription that we have by way of our Education Research Complete database on the EBSCO platform. Try this link and observe how it offers links to 'browse' by year or 'search within this publication' that includes a feature for limiting by date.

BTW - I went right to the EBSCO version of the Chronicle by searching the article title from the front page of the Library website under the 'E-Journals' tab that lists all the options for accessing this title on our 'Get It' journal directory. And despite that statement that the EBSCO content is current, it's really a week out of date.

For Faculty: Sharing Persistent Links
Two Options.
1.) Find the article on the. Notice on the right hand side there is an option for a 'Permalink' - that link will allow anyone off-campus to authenticate their Drexel affiliation and proceed directly to a specific article as in the following example:
Digitally Savvy Students...

2.) Place the following pre-fix in front of any url you find on the website. This will force the user to authenticate with their Drexel credentials prior to opening the article. [insert the chronicle link here with no spaces]

Added Value and Fun Random Features
Other great features appear on the EBSCO platform, such as automatic citations, translations and downloadable MP3 versions of the original articles. But don't forget that some of the best writing on the native site is generated by the community of readers in the 'Comments' section - and that is not included anywhere else but on the native website!

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