When you’re looking for research about a topic related to your work, or want to know if there are any programs that have had any success tackling an issue, or different ways of engaging with your community, where do you look?
Do you have a network or peer you turn to? Or is your first thought to do a little googling? Do you have access to an academic institutions library/resources?
There are others that are tackling this challenge, and offering alternatives. For academic journals & articles:
deepdyve dubs itself the “largest online rental service for scholarly research” providing access to thousands of journals for $49/month (2 week free trial)
Unpaywall is an open database of 23 million+ free scholarly articles
SciHub hosts 50 million+ papers (many of them pirated, and therefore illegal). The lack of access has frustrated many, and in this Science article that asks “Who’s dowloanding pirated papers? Everyone” they show that researchers are turning to this option. Want to know more about this controversial site? Check out this article “Scientists vs publisher: Sci-Hub reveals flaws in academia”
In specific fields, there are institutions that are gathering and sharing evidence, typically in a specific field. Mowat NFP has pulled together a list of Canada’s Evidence Institutions here.
I’m curious if anyone has used any of these offerings, and what your experience has been. If there are other options this community should know about, please share them!