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        12-16-2013, 01:39 AM
    Your favourite academic resources?

    Finals might be over for a lot of people, but I've noticed a recurring topic is 'HELP I need articles on 'x' and I can't find any, do it for me.' Unfortunately I think a lot of this comes from people being UNAWARE of where they can look for academic articles- I know I've had a heck of a time finding journals I don't have to pay for. So what are your favourites? I use JSTOR and google scholar and can find what I need 90% of the time but even I'm completely oblivious of what else there is out there. So what do you guys use?
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        12-16-2013, 01:53 AM
    Some schools will carry certain journals in thier libraries, esp if the journals are based on subjects they carry in thier curriculum.
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        12-16-2013, 07:08 AM
    I agree with ZZ. When I was in college and needed something scientific I did just that - went to the library and looked for published articles. These days some (may be even all) universities allow you to read those journals they have subscription for on-line: very convenient.
        12-16-2013, 08:03 AM
    Green Broke
    My colleges online library has a decent amount of articles. My public library websit also has been very reliable if I can't find what I'm looking for. Worst caseif I find an article I have to pay for or is not online I read the abstract and try to pull info from there.
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        12-16-2013, 04:59 PM
    Many university library websites have sections devoted to databases you can search for articles. Some of those databases are dedicated to certain fields, such as biology or English. If you have trouble, you can always ask your advisor for help.
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        12-16-2013, 07:19 PM
    Jstor. Thankfully my university pays for a heap of journals and gives all students and staff free access.
        12-16-2013, 08:26 PM
    Green Broke
    College library, public library (research librarians are saints!), the area hospital opened their library to students in health-related fields. I also called on people in the field and they made suggestions on good journals, sometimes even specific articles. I can get any journal sent to my local library for $2.

    I also took some electives that required research. That took meeting people in very different cultures and careers to get ideas for papers and research.
        12-17-2013, 06:55 PM
    Green Broke
    I love Google Scholar, I think of all the academic search engines it presents things in the most user friendly way.

    Most libraries (even local public libraries) have their own site you can log into, and if you use things like Google Scholar through their proxy it will come up with all the links that the organisation has access to. If you don't attend a university you can often go to their library an access their catalogue and system, just stay within their library page and you often don't need log in details. Alternatively, you can even pay for library access which is pretty cheap considering the costs of having to pay for access to the journals. Even if you're studying by distance or through a small technical college it can be worth paying for access to a full university library.
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        12-17-2013, 11:44 PM
    Oh my goodness, there was this one website that had lots of articles and journals on it, but I can't remember what it's called...we used it in high school a lot. It was a database website.

    Got it! EBSCOhost! Don't remember much about it, but you can check it out?

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