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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Open Access: Strategies and Tools for Life after LMU

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11am – 12pm,  WHH 118
Presentation by Jessea Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Elisa Acosta, Reference Librarian

  • Learn about Open Access, Information Privilege, Paywalls and what you can do about it!
  • We will share strategies and resources for finding free scholarly content.


1. Use your nearest Library!

This includes Academic Libraries as well as Public Libraries.  Call ahead for access policy and hours.

2.  Search both Google and Google Scholar.

Search article title, search for author website/resume/vitae/university, institutional repository (pre- or post- print) Google Scholar often provides links to freely (and legally) downloadable versions.

3.  Preprints & Repositories

DOAJ or Subject repository (Pubmed,

4.Search Open Access databases.

Unpaywall or OA Button

5. For Profit Academic Social Networks

e.g. ResearchGate or

6.  Ask the author. Most researchers would be more than happy to share their work with anyone who's interested.

7.  Pay for the article If you can't get it for free.  This is a last resort!


Public Libraries

Did you know that you can search many databases from home using your public library card?