Where can i find research papers for free?

Is there any websites for downloading academic research papers published on ACM Digital Library or ScienceDirect for free?

7 Answers

  1. Standard approach is to head to Google Scholar, search for the paper, and hope a pdf download link appears to the right of the result.

    Google Scholar is a freely accessible search engine returning only reliable search results that can be cited in research papers (books, scholarly literature, educational sites pages). Using advanced settings, you can choose the years of publication and sort the results by year of publication or relevance.

    Another option is to find a friend at a research university and have them download and share the paper with you using the university’s subscription.

    There are also less legal options, e.g. sci-hub.tw, that often work when all else fails. Google for more info.

  1. Free full-text academic articles is an excellent source of inspiration. Here are a few places where you can download free research papers:

    1. Bloomsbury Collection delivers instant access to quality research and provides libraries with a flexible way to build eBook collections across the social sciences and humanities.
    2. DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
    3. IDEAS is a bibliographic database with open access research reports in finance and economics, including working papers, articles and software code.
    4. FreeFullPDF is a quick and easy-to-use academic search engine giving access to over 80 million free science papers, patents, theses and posters.
    5. JURN invites you to search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.
  1. Well, I personally believe that every research work should be available with open access to anyone. Research is a collaborative work and I don’t understand the logic behind the subscriptions and other fees, as most of research scholars are unemployed with basic or no sapient money. If you have a great publication with restricted access, I’d say that it is a complete waste as a very meager percentage of research community can actually read or work upon your idea. Having said that, visit Sci-Hub to download articles and research papers for free. I’d say that it is a researchers heaven in the form of an online repository of over 64 500 000 scientific papers and articles, available through its website. New papers are uploaded daily. 🙂

  1. 1) ScienceOpen is an incredible research and publishing network offering open access content from more than 37 million articles in all areas of science. Although you do need to register to view the full text of the articles, registration is free. The advanced search function is highly detailed, allowing you to find precisely the research you’re looking for.

    2) The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is a collection of papers from scholars in the social sciences community. The site offers more than 775227 research papers from 361117 researchers across 30 disciplines.

    3) ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The service allows you to search by topics related to education. Links lead to other sites, where you may have to purchase information, but you can search for full-text articles only.

    ERIC indexes journals, books and grey literature (such as white papers, technical reports and government documents). All sources of material on ERIC go through a formal review process prior to being indexed.

  1. There is no “best” site for those papers because they’re not all the same.

    The best site for publications in any area would be the national or international association for that discipline. If you want psychology articles, look to the American Psychology Association. English Literature and Philology would be Modern Language Association. Communication would be the National Communication Association, Theatre would be the American Theatre Association, and so forth.

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