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As a uni student, there’ll always be assignments that’ll require you to go online and get resources. They’ll require some extra work from your end. Also, you may be that student who’d want extra resources—just because you read and study widely, and are not confined to what’s been taught in class.

So, where do you find your resources, and how do you go about your search process? You can provide your answers in the comments section so your colleagues can also be in the know.

There are trusted sites where you can get your journal articles, articles, ebooks, documents, and other academic resources. Some are free to use, and others are paid for. Yes, paid. We know, we know…almost every student tries to escape the paid sites because there are a lot of free resources out there. Well, there’s that too, but what if we told you you could get access to the paid sites for free? Good news, right?

First, let’s talk about the sites, and then we can move to getting access (the extra tip).

1. JSTOR (Open Access + Paid)

On JSTOR, you’ll find academic journals, books and primary sources—in digital formats—across multiple disciplines including arts, humanities, business & economics, history, medicine & allied health, science & mathematics, and social sciences.

2. ResearchGate (Free)

ResearchGate offers over 135 million publications across a variety of fields: engineering, maths, biology, computer science, climate change, medicine, physics, social science, astrophysics, and chemistry. They send you email updates about new publications in the field you choose when setting up your profile.

3. Encyclopedia Britannica (Free)

Britannica is an online encyclopaedia that gives you access to up-to-date objective articles, biographies, videos, etc—across many disciplines.

4. Science Direct (Open Access + Paid)

Science Direct grants you access to journals, books, and articles in the physical sciences & engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences & humanities.

5. Tandfonline (Open Access + Paid)

Tandofline (Taylor and Francis Online) provides peer-reviewed journal articles published under the Taylor & Francis and Routledge imprints. Their resources cut across a number of disciplines like the humanities & social sciences, science & technology, engineering, and medicine & healthcare.

6. SpringerLink (Open Access + Paid)

SpringerLink gives you access to journals, books, series, protocols, reference work and proceedings in the scientific, medical, technological and technical areas.

With the exception of Encyclopedia Britannica and ResearchGate, all the others are paid sites. However, they also have some resources that are open to the public. That’s why you see “open access” there.

You’ve probably already tried some of these but you couldn’t get access to the paid databases. But don’t worry, you’ll have another story to tell after reading this. Some of the sites mentioned are also free with open access so that’s sorted.

Getting access to the paid resources

So, here’s the thing. There are a ton of things you can do with your university student email. It can take you places your personal email cannot. For example, these sites for students’ academic resources. Your student mail gives you free access to so many sites and resources without paying a dime. This is because your university pays for these services so you can get access to them for free.

Let’s do a short exercise: check your university’s library website (right after reading this article) to know what’s available to you, and how you can get access to them. Mostly, if you’re already logged into your university’s library services, you wouldn’t be asked to log in when on these sites. But if you’re not, you’ll be asked to pay or log in before you can get access. You can always seek clarification from your librarians if you have any concerns.

So, that’s it! 6 best sites for students’ academic resources + how to get access to the paid ones—all in one article. Cool, right? Go browse them and make good use of your student email if need be. Don’t forget to browse your university library website as well.

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