Free Access to Scholarly Articles

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In case you haven't found it yet, JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, now has many scholarly writings available with a free account.  Things from the past three years may be restricted, but it seems that most everything else is available.  You may also be able to sign up through an academic library nearby or your own university and not have a time window limit.  It is a great resource if you don't have a good library nearby (or just want to couch surfdevil.)

I was able to sign up for a free account and access the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography without leaving my chair.  You can have up to three things on your "Shelf" at a time  Each item must remain on your Shelf for 14 days, then it disappears unless you purchase a download.   You can even save the citation information so that later, after you have returned the material, you find find it again easily (although figuring out how to use this feature was a challenge and the citation may not be in standard format.)

You can sign up for a free acount here:

in Policy and Style by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (330k points)
edited by Vic Watt
Great idea Vic. I access JSTOR at home online through the Mulnomah county public library in Portland (card available to anyone in the tri-county area) - I have used it for research on the Middle Ages and hadn't even thought of using for genealogy. Thank you!

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Nice resource thanks
by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (212k points)
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Thank you for this information. At University I had access. I was not aware one could have independent access to this wonderful resource.
by Lynden Rodriguez G2G6 Mach 2 (24.4k points)
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Some of the information on JSTOR is available without signing up for a free account, such as some issues of the magazine that you mentioned. This specific magazine is also available for free at other locations. See: "The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography", which includes the JSTOR direct link too.

by Rick Pierpont G2G6 Pilot (115k points)

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