How often have you run across a paywalled journal article and, despite knowing that you have options for finding the article, shrugged and decided not to pursue it? Whether you’re a student or a faculty member, a humanist or a scientist, a first-year student or a dissertation writer, you’ve probably done this at least a few times.
(Quick refresher: Options for finding an article include searching Google Scholar for a freely available version, checking the library’s journal subscriptions, and placing an interlibrary loan request.)
Did you know there are two browser extensions that make it easier to find legally available open access (OA) versions of articles…and harder to shrug and give up? Unpaywall and Open Access Button: learn a bit about them below and then add them to your browser!