Looking for peer-reviewed/scholarly research articles on a topic? Recently graduated from college or no longer affiliated with an academic institution? You can get access to a growing number of research articles through the Directory of Open Access Journals.
It wasn’t that long ago when the vast majority of research papers were published in journals that could only be read by academics if they — or their university libraries — paid a subscription. Thanks to the growth of the world wide web and the growth of open access publishing more research papers are made freely available online.
The cost of databases, print and electronic journal subscriptions has sky-rocketed impacting both libraries and individuals. In a 2011 report entitled “The Survey of Library Databases Licensing Practices” (which you can read for 89.50 here), academic libraries surveyed spent a mean of $1.259 million for content licensed in electronic or joint electronic print format in 2010.
Other sites where you can access scholarly articles and reports include the Information Resources page of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.