You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?

Investigating solutions for frustrated scholars, nonprofits, independent learners, and the rest of us.

Jake Orlowitz
Nov 15, 2017 · 15 min read

USE YOUR LIBRARY

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Local Library

University Library

Student Access

Visiting Scholar

State or National Library

Independent or Institutional Libraries

Online Libraries


PREPRINTS AND REPOSITORIES

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Institutional Repositories

Subject Repositories

Grey Literature

For-profit Academic Social Networks

Google Scholar

Unpaywall

BUY IT

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A la Carte

Individual Subscriptions

Aggregated Subscriptions

DeepDyve


ALTERNATIVE SHARING METHODS

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Ask the Author

Peer Resource Exchange

Quasi-legal Options

Less than Legal Options


PUBLISHER DONATIONS

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Individual Requests

Limited Access Options

Wikipedia Library Card

Other Audiences


In Closing

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A Wikipedia Librarian

Because libraries and Wikipedia are natural allies

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