Free access to academic journals: get off Wikipedia and get your answers straight from scientists

Having lost my student status at the university of Calgary with my move to Bermuda, I have sorely missed my regular access to scientific journal articles.

Reading the initial reference is essential to get the straight goods when you are doing research online. Wikipedia and sites like it are filled with incorrect materials and references that lead no where or go to non-primary references like news articles or other websites that are often wrong (click on one and see for yourself).

I found this fantastic resource today–a search engine powered by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. This database houses over 3000 journals with over 1000 offering complete access to their publication.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/

Go have a search and a read. The articles can sometimes be a slog to get through completely and it is sure nice to have a background in statistics when plowing through the methodology.

I suggest reading the abstract, the introduction and the conclusion (sometimes just at the end of the article’s discussion and not named as such). Literature reviews will cover more of the material if you are looking for a synopsis and overview of a decade or so of research without doing it yourself.

Happy reading.

 

 

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