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1. Popular vs. Scholarly Sources
Is the article scholarly?
2. The Scholarly Communication Process
Scholarly communication is a cyclical process that is a vital aspect of doing research:
3. Access to Information
Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers students, faculty, and staff have access to all Rutgers University Libraries resources - approximately 5 million volumes, 4.5 million microforms, 300+ indexes/databases, and more!
Get any article, from anywhere - including at Rutgers! Request it and it will be scanned and delivered online.
E-ZBorrow & Uborrow
Want a book that's not at Rutgers? Try E-ZBorrow for fast delivery from a Pennsylvania or nearby academic library. If not in E-ZBorrow either, try UBorrow for delivery from a Big Ten library.
For those really hard to locate items, request it via interlibary loan and Rutgers University Libraries will look for one of its partner libraries to loan it.
Cooperative Access Arrangements
This page lists over a dozen cooperative access arrangements with other libraries - Foundations, Universities, etc.
Strategies for Access:
Open Access (OA)
- “Gold” OA journals
- Hybrid journals
- some articles are freely available, others are for-fee
- “Green” OA repositories
- all content is free and can include pre-prints and/or post-prints
- may be embargoes to access
- Rutgers's institutional repository: RUcore
- SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers) is where Rutgers, faculty and graduate students are now required to submit their Accepted Manuscripts (AM) if posting the Version of Record is not possible
- Disciplinary repositories: arXiv, PubMed Central, and more!
SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics)
“SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of over three thousand libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organisations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 centrally pays publishers for costs involved in providing Open Access, publishers in turn reduce subscription fees to all their customers, who can re-direct these funds to contribute to SCOAP3. Each country contributes in a way commensurate to its scientific output in the field. In addition, existing Open Access journals are also centrally supported, removing any existing financial barrier for authors.”