In other words, if the user’s institution is subscribing to the content selected, the user is taken directly to the full text, if not the user will be taken to a “purchase now” page.
So next time you hear : “we do not need information centres as everything is free on the Internet”; do tell them libraries and info centres are a suite of services and even if you are no longer interested in their paper collection or guidance, you might still need their budget and assistance to access information.
Every click of the mouse, every search box, needs to work hard to make the best use of a researcher’s time.
For each gem of a resource that a researcher discovers, there may be a dozen abandoned web pages, armies of half-read abstracts and false leads.
The access depends on the institutional subscription to that content (eg.
fee-based database, publisher collection acces, online journal subscription).There are several options for sorting the results list and you can browse by Dewey Decimal Classification and document type. A Jisc service allowing you to look through the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries.Key features: Good for locating books and other material held in research collections in the UK; especially useful for humanities.With so many online resources, it is sometimes difficult to narrow down one’s search and find not only reliable and useful academic information, but information that is also free.I picked a few of my favourite free Search Engines and Reference Works for research, and listed them in alphabetic order below. In the future I will probably create another list that focuses more on economic data and statistics.With ASEO there is a risk of authors or publishers illegitimately “over-optimizing” their articles; by this I mean article-providers will try to boost their rankings in illegitimate ways.Therefore I encourage readers to take a critical look at the results list and consider this potential risk while using free Search Engines.Key feature: If you find an article you like, CORE will find similar ones by analysing the text of that article. BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources from over 2,000 sources.Key features: Allows you to search intellectually selected resources and their bibliographic data, including those from the so-called ‘deep web’, which are ignored by commercial search engines.Many university libraries have one of these services working behind the scenes, they index a vast range of academic resources and provide sophisticated search tools.Key features: The search includes journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers, aggregators and open-access repositories. One of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, this Jisc service gives you access to over 28,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.