Answered By: Sawyer Library Reference Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 Views: 14
The problem here is that ABI is providing indexing and a path to the documents, but they are not actually held by ProQuest/ABI, but rather on the servers of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), which is a hub of a number of specialized research networks. Their databases provide abstracts of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and they also allow for the download of these items. SSRN likes to keep statistics, though. So they prefer that people register and login. (If you want to use SSRN a lot, this might be a good option for you.)
Because of cookie and server conflicts, you will often get a warning when you try to link to the fulltext via ABI/INFORM Complete. And you might be asked to purchase an item. However, just look for a button or tab (which will vary slightly on different items) to "Download Anonymously." See
This should work. If it ever doesn't on an ABI item that claims it will link to fulltext, please let us know and we will contact technical support at ProQuest.
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