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Resources after graduation

Accessing research after graduation can be difficult, though it's important as a practitioner. Here are some tips:

  • Install a browser extension that can help find Open Access versions of content:
    • Unpaywall A product of the nonprofit Impactstory, Unpaywall is available for Chrome and Firefox. It matches the content of a journal site or database record against a repository of free, legal versions of published articles.
    • Open Access Button Funded and supported by various scholarly groups, the OA Button searches a repository of free-legal versions of published articles and, if none is available, facilitates placing a request to the author to add a legal version to that repository. The OA Button is implemented as a bookmarklet, which users save to their browser’s bookmarks bar for use on a journal or database site.
    • Kopernio Now owned by Clarivate Analytics, which also now owns Web of Science, Kopernio is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that finds a free version of a published article when clicked from a page about the article. The Kopernio button also allows users to download a citation of the article.
  • Search Open Access journals directly. More info about Open Access is available on this guide. For Social Work-specific resources, check out the Open Social Work project and their list of open access journals (compiled 4/2020).
  • Search Google Scholar, which includes Open Access versions of articles, sometimes, since it has very good indexing of institutional repositories. Microsoft Academic is an alternative and sometimes turns up different results.
  • Contact authors directly for papers. Often a compliment for scholars, who like to know their work is being read!
  • Access electronic resources on campus at the USU library or another college or university library. Most if not all academic libraries have public access terminals for this specific purpose.