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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Looking for OA copies of needed articles

Sarah Washford, Free Journal Articles, Info Junkie, January 22, 2007.  Excerpt:

...When we receive an article request in our interlibrary loan department we tend to send it straight to the British Library and usually a quality scan appears in my inbox within 24 hours.... Today I received a list of article requests from a reader that were all from medical journals and decided to investigate whether any could be obtained free online - I found 4 of the 8 and thus saved us approx 20. I also saved the reader 6.00 in request charges which I'm sure she appreciated....I can't believe that I'm the only one who doesn't usually have time to hunt down journal websites in case there may be a free copy of an article out there somewhere....

[H]ow many students and public library authorities are paying for articles that they could get for free? How easy is it to find free articles? Is PubMedCentral a unique site or are there similar sites out there for other subjects? ...