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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Almost One out of Five Requested Articles are Freely Available to the Public

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OBJECTIVE

In September 2016, we sought to find out how many articles requested from our academic medical library Interlibrary Loan department were free to the public and where these articles were accessible.

METHODS

Journal article titles were searched by our borrowing specialists in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Google to see if they were available for free.  Links to full-text were followed and verified to be fully free full-text accessible to the public. No sites were logged into in order to obtain articles. If articles were found to free in more than one venue, then all free locations were noted. 

RESULTS

19% of articles were available for free (189 free out of 995 requested). ResearchGate was the place that most free articles were found.

CONCLUSIONS

Almost one out of five articles ordered from our academic medical library Interlibrary Loan department were free. Users fail to check for or fail to find all of the free articles which are available to them, and it is worth the time for library staff to search for freely accessible articles.

 

Presenters
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Katherine Emerson

Library Specialist Sr., ILL, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, the University of Missouri
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Caroline James

Library Specialist Sr., ILL, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, the University of Missouri
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Caryn Scoville

Information Services Librarian, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, the University of Missouri


Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Black and Gold Room Tiger Hotel
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