Good evening folks,
According to the Sconul website, OBU is part of the scheme but ACCA does not appear to be (presumably because it doesn’t have any specific libraries to take part in a reciprocal set up).
Does anyone have any tips on whether I have picked this up wrong – I’m based in Glasgow, UK and my next move is to contact the various university libraries themselves but I thought I would ask here too.
Also, my computer wants to change Sconul to Scones which could make for some awkward – if tasty – emails to libraries.
All the best,
You are quite right OBU is part of the Sconal scheme. Unfortunately though the ACCA BSc Applied Accounting programme is outside this arrangement. I suspect the reason is because you do not actually pay any course fees (the submission fee only covers administration and marking costs) and Sconal, subscriptions to journals and access to libraries involve significant costs for any university. As such they cannot extend this to non-fee paying students.
As always I suggest you do your research via Google Scholar. Where you turn up an article that you want to read but a subscription is required, try to feed in the details of author and article title in a specific search and sometimes you may find the author has released a pdf version of their article which is available FOC. I had a surprisingly successful hit rate via this method for articles (probably about 80%). For a first degree such as this although it is an annoying irritation not to have online access to ebooks and ejournals and an admittance card for your local uni library it really should not seriously impact on the ability for you to get a good grade.
You can often get hard copy books via the second-hand market on Amazon at really knock down prices if you click on the ‘used’ button. Again not everything will be available but a significant number should be listed. So good luck!
Thank you, your explanation makes sense both from my point of view and also the scheme at large.
All the best,
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