Looking for ways to gain access to academic journals
January 9, 2014 9:55 AM Subscribe
Are there ways of gaining access to a broad range of journals? I miss my access via the University library and am trying to find a way to legitimately gain access to papers.
posted by Slackermagee to Technology (17 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to be able to download the full text or PDF where ever I have a wifi connection, I'd like to have access to more than just the Journal of Biological Chemistry or Nature, and I would like to find something that costs less than $1000 a year.
The local universities have programs that allow one to gain access to journal databases when one is present in the library but do not allow non-students to VPN in for access. These are typically $300 a year, so affordable but not as convenient as I would like. I could grab a volume or two of a journal and load it to a thumb drive for later reading, though I'm not sure that it would be allowed.
I have looked into ResearchGate and while the idea of renting papers is attractive (I can just paraphrase the salient points for my own use in notepad), I'm unsure as to whether or not one can 'return' the rented papers in order to not use up the monthly allowance of papers.
Does anyone know of a University library program that allows for VPN access for less than $1000 a year or a service that allows for access to a broad range of life science journals for a reasonable price?