Sunday, March 02, 2014. Never before in the history of our species has so much information been available to so many people. The exclusivity of access to this information is shrinking at the same time that the body of information is growing exponentially. As lay scholars (and this includes everyone who has found their way to this blog) we can be as creative, far-ranging, thorough, specific and eclectic as we choose to be in our studies.
Information posted below about how to find and access research online has kindly been provided by blog commenter mlhyde – and THANK YOU! The link to this information will post at the top of this blog’s “ABOUT” page where it will remain so that I know where I put it and so that blog readers can also find it when they need it.
I have used PubMed in my studies. It is a fantastic resource site which contains a MASSIVE searchable database of research in the format of abstracts and/or FREE access articles.
Google Books at http://books.google.com/ may offer searchable pages of books that are not accessible via, say, amazon.com’s book pages.
Here is the first comment about research provided yesterday, March 1, 2014:
Sorry for my long comment but you need some information.
You made a comment about not being able to get internet access to some literature now that you are not at a university but I know that there are many ways to get access to some journals. When searching using Google Scholar, you will find free access even when there are no pdf links to the right of the citation. Just be sure to click on the “All x versions” to see which choices you have. Look at the green words and see the journals/publishers. The ones which say europepmc or cat.inist.fr usually are just catalogs, same for psycnet.apa.org (although not all of their journals are subscriber only–sometimes you need to put the name up onto Google search and see for yourself if the article is accessible. You learn which psych journals are out of reach.
If it says Sage you can still get free access to many psych journals NOW by registering with Sage for email alerts, not just to specific journals but to informative notices (that then gives you global email alert checkoff boxes). They used to notify you in special newsletters devoted to specific fields when they had free access trials but now you have to go to
periodically to check if there is anything new. They have free access to ADDITIONAL psych journals right now until the end of March 2014. However, I usually sign up for everything there so that when I do a search on something like “abuse” and I get journals that are not in the psych journal list (e.g. Journal of Interpersonal Violence), but are on free trial lists right now, I can still get the article. I just copy the journal information of articles that I want but that are not yet freely available to a list for when a trial does open up.
Sage also has free access to all of its journals in the database in October or November (if you register). Usually it has free trials to neuro journals in November and very often overlap with ALL Database free trials. They never give you enough time to get everything. However, if you periodically do searches on Sage, saving articles to a list, you soon discover which journals you want free access to and can save their names to a list, too. That saves you a lot of time when the all database free trial occurs.
Also look for Oxford University Press which has a free access period, too at times, but it also has free access to many of its psych journals and others which it doesn’t often tell you about in the “About this Journal” section. For instance: I found that Integrative & Comparative Biology tells you that it will give you free access for 2012 and part of 2013 right now, but in fact it gives you free access back 17 years. Now that may be because I am registered to get email alerts from them on many journals, so when I go to any Oxford University Press journal it automatically logs me in (I set those preferences in my browser).
Royal Society of London also has free periods, usually in November or December each year, but sometimes at other times. They give free access to some journals if they are 1 year old, and to others if they are 2 years old, back to about 10 years old. Since they have truly ancient articles dating back to the 1700’s, you generally have to wait until Nov/Dec to get those. They do have open access journals, too, as well as open access articles (as all databases have).
In the class of rarely free belong the following with comments:
SpringerLink also has some open access journals, too. Even Elsevier/ScienceDirect have some freely accessible, but rarely. Taylor & Francis is rarely free.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives free access to all year old issues and some new ones. Even Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences gives some free access. Then PLOS has free access all the time (get on the free email alerts there) and BMOC also has many journals that are free. Cell has many journals associated that have free access to many issues as does J. Neuroscience, and American Journal of Physiology journals.
Also I found some Indian journals, like
which is free access. I think that I found them through Medknow.
So always go to the listings after you click on “All x versions”. Now ncbi doesn’t always have free access but
gives a list of journals where for the most part, you can get free access. Some are listed on the Sage website where sometimes it won’t give you a location other than a citation in a search, or it won’t give you access there to articles earlier than 2014, but you can get them at the above website.
Some journals give free access after they are a year old, but Google Scholar may not let you think you have access by their notation because they are cataloged on information that is not updated.
From today’s comment from mlhyde, March 2, 2014:
Actually, I find specific articles in Google Scholar. In fact, most of Teicher’s research is available for free there, as I said, much of it not implied when you see a list of sources without a *.pdf file on the right side of the page. You just have to type the title and one author’s name into the right space under “Advanced Search”. Sometimes, once I got a listing of all versions, I had to search for the journal on regular Google and then for the article on that journal’s website.
These comments were made to this Friday, February 28, 2014 post:
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