Out in the open- finding free articles

How do you find the ever increasing amounts of open access (freely available) journal articles and papers available on the web? This can be difficult using search engines, which don’t always cover material in repositories, or they list articles from journals for which you need a subscription .

Two really useful (and free!) indexes that could help you with this are:

Directory of Open Access Journals This is probably the best known and comprehensive tool for finding open access journals. It covers all subjects including about 150 Philosophy titles. These can be browsed, or searched.

JURN provides a similar service, but covers arts and humanities ejournals, and other scholarly publications with mostly free content. Of these, over 100 are philosophy journals. There is also a useful short guide to academic research, including general reference sources, ‘invisible web’ searching, finding images, etc.


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  1. Thanks for the link. JURN currently indexes 175 philosophy journals published in English, with an additional 50 or 60 that are published in other languages. A full list of the English titles can be seen in the A-Z Directory listing at the JURN Directory page. This 3000+ link Directory gives links to home Web pages. JURN’s Directory was thoroughly link-checked this month, and all the search-engine’s indexing URLs were also checked for continuing presence on Google Search results.

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