# How to get articles when already graduated and signed out from university? [closed]

I was looking for the article "Kotzig's conjecture on generalized friendschip graphs" from J.A. Bondy. Since I graduated at the UvA and signed out, there is no possibility anymore to take it from e.g. the sites sciencedirect or researchgate. My brother does still have an account at the University of Leiden, but the articles there are only from 1988 on, while this one is from 1985.

Such a thing can happen once more. Is there a way to overcome this? Otherwise it would be very weird: I got a graduation and thereafter I can't read all articles anymore?? Could anyone sent me that article for once?

• In the Olden Days, the way to do this would be to travel to a university, go to their library in person, and read the article while you are in the library. – GEdgar Feb 15 at 11:33
• In general, one thing you might try is emailing the authors and asking nicely for a preprint, though in this case, the professor in question does not appear to be online anywhere, and it's also an ethical gray area to be circumventing e.g. ScienceDirect's paywalls. – bxw Feb 15 at 11:46
• Your brother can also request the articles from any other university in the Netherlands through the Leiden University Library; he should get access instantly if some other university has a digital copy. Otherwise it may take a few days to deliver a physical copy. Note that Leiden University does allow alumni lifelong access to their entire library. Your brother made a good choice in that respect. – Servaes Feb 15 at 12:23
• Somewhat related post on the main site: Finding a paper. (You might have a look also on the linked posts.) There are a few related discussions here on meta: Is it proper to request a specific paper here?, “Help me find a paper”-type questions, To what extent should copyrighted material be made available on math.se? – Martin Sleziak Feb 15 at 13:35

It's also possible to purchase only one article: apparently the one you want is 31.50$. If you don't want to pay yourself, ask your current institution or employer if it can buy it for you. • Now that I think about the 31.50$, maybe having no access is not so weird, because for being a student one has to pay 2000 euros each year instead. Thanks for your answer, I will go on looking for a shortcut. – Rocco van Vreumingen Feb 15 at 11:27