If you want electronic access to Scientific American, we have several different options.
If you have reached this page on your own, you have probably tried Googling a Scientific American article, and you were paywalled (it asked you to pay to view an article).
Until late 2018, the Scientific American URL for institutional subscriptions was completely different from the one for personal subscriptions. This caused a lot of confusion, as many on social media would link to the personal one. Google ranks URLs by popularity, so it was often difficult to locate the institutional site. In December 2018, the publisher found a solution, which was to move the content onto the same domain as the personal subscription content.
Scientific American with the illustrations, pictures, and figures is available through the Scientific American web site at a special URL:
We also have access to Scientific American issues from the early days (before 1909).
Finally, there are a few text-only articles available through our aggregators (library subscriptions that give us access to a bundle of publications, but that haven't necessarily cleared image rights). Please note that "Single Journals" is how the name for Springer-Nature's Scientific American is appearing and that we do have access to Scientific American Mind through the archives.
If you are experiencing problems accessing Scientific American, please first check that you are on YaleSecure or the VPN. Then, clear your browser cookies for Scientific American and refresh the page. You can also use a different browser. Cookies can be persistent despite being on the Yale Network, so it's always best to make sure that you close Scientific American web site tabs after using it if you have plans to be in a non-Yale-network location.
The following limitations apply to ScientificAmerican.com, not to the other access portals.
What if you need something from Scientific American in print?
You have several options. The location of Scientific American's print Orbis record is extremely important: http://search.library.yale.edu/catalog/470143
Scientific American is held in multiple locations, with holdings ranges (the volumes and issues that we have) varying from location to location. Most locations will provide two options: Request recall or delivery and Request scan of article/chapter. Clicking on either of these will get you what you need — the former in print, the latter in e. Before making a request, ensure that the location you have selected carries the specific volume and issue that you want.
Request recall or delivery allows you to recall a book that has already been checked out or deliver a copy to you. For example, if the Bass Library and SML are the closest libraries to you, but the copy you need is at Marx Library or at LSF, you can request that the volume be sent to the Bass Library or SML for easy pickup.
Request scan of article/chapter requires information about the article you need. Once you click on the link, input as much information about the article as possible, such as the journal volume and issue numbers, authors, title, and doi (digital object identifier; it will look similar to this: 10.1038/scientificamerican0514-14).
More information about processing and turnaround times is available on our Get It @Yale site: http://guides.library.yale.edu/getit.