How to Get Access to Research When You’re Outside of Academia

Looking for something? Some journal articles, maybe? A pre-print or two? Don’t be shy. Come closer. I’ll hook you up. Let’s start by checking in with your alma mater. They’ve gotten enough of your money and blood. The least they can do is offer alumni access to their academic databases. If they turn you away, see if you can get a library membership at another local local public college or university. Your local lending library is worth a try, too.

No luck? Try Google ScholarResearchGateAcademia.edu, or PsyArXiv. But whatever you do, stay away from those cats at Sci-Hub. They’re baaaad news, dig?

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About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

1 Comment on "How to Get Access to Research When You’re Outside of Academia"

  1. And don’t forget to check for research as a benefit of membership at the organizations you belong to. For example, SIOP offers an inexpensive subscription of $50 for the year to the SIOP Research Access (SRA). This allows you access to many journals, articles and publications on EBSCO. The link is https://www.siop.org/Research-Publications/SIOP-Research-Access

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