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Free and Open Access Resources

Your Local Library

Your local library may be an excellent source of articles. 

  •  They may offer inter-library loan, which can help you get access to articles for which you otherwise might have to pay.  If your library offers inter-library loan (and most do), it means that your library is part of a consortium of libraries who share resources.  If your library doesn't have a particular book, article, DVD, etc. they can ask the other consortium members to check for it.  If the lending library can, it will send the article (or book, or DVD) to the library that requested it.  This is usually free of charge.
  • Online resources are often in a searchable database format. 
    • Many offer immediate free full text (or you can choose a filter to specify that you only want articles that have free full text).
    • Most databases offer a customizable search format.  You can choose if you want limitations such as peer-reviewed articles only, free full text only, a date range, and many more.

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