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Did You Know?

While most public libraries don't subscribe to academic journals, they *do* often partner with local universities to provide inter-library loans to patrons who do request academic articles. How you do this varies by library but if you're willing to wait a couple weeks to get your article you can sometimes get it through a public library!

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@cocoron Never let a paywall defeat you!! ILL Isn't the quickest especially with the national transition from ILLiad to Tipasa; and it doesn't always work... BUT it's totally great and worth trying

@shel i dont live in the USA so we probably have that system but it's worth a try anyway

@cocoron I have no idea how public libraries outside the US work ^^;; I think Canada is mostly the same software and stuff but outside north america no idea.

Caveat: Your local library might not do this :V it's common in New England cuz we're just totally saturated with universities but idk if this happens in other regions.

Also sometimes it just doesn't work ^^;; but it's worth a try dangit! Don't let a paywall defeat you!

@shel and if that doesn't work, there is a certain website I won't link to here.

@shel But sci-hub is so convenient... not sure how well it covers philosphy journals and the like, though.

@shel but also sci hub is a thing and so anyone can get any journal article instantly! :3

@quine not *any* journal just a lot of them

@shel @KemoNine the Toronto Public Library offers access to many digital databases, including JSTOR, Sage, OneFile, and full archives of major papers: torontopubliclibrary.ca/books-

@shel Most Georgia (US) residents have some level of access to GALILEO at the University of Georgia through their PINES card. All you have to do is log in and click the GALILEO link on the library's site. Should take you right there with a temporary token that logs you in. Sometimes what you can access varies depending on whether you access it at home or from the library.

@shel or you could just use Sci-Hub and wait 2 seconds.

@seanl lib-gen and sci-hub are cool and all but they absolutely cannot compete with the full breadth of access you can get through inter-library loans. they have a lot, they do not have everything

@shel I actually do have a San Jose Public Library card, but now that I don't live walking distance from a branch (much less the main branch which used to be my closest branch and is the largest library ever built as a single project vs a series of expansions), I haven't been going to the library. I really need to spend more time on their web site.