How to be an Article-Scavenger


Over on LinkedIn I started a group called "Exploring the Biblical Languages" a while back. The most recent discussion is one I think you'll find interesting IF scavenging for articles and doing research is a huge part of your life. If not, you can probably quit reading now. Nothing below will interest you. Here is the question I posed, in a nutshell:

What are some of the top places you go—online—to find the articles you want, for free?

Here are some of the best answers I got:

  • JSTOR (you may be able to access this database for free through membership with your local library)
  • reSearch (this is a synchronized search engine that filters your target search word/phrase into multiple database domains, e.g. google scholar,, biblioblogs, wikipedia)
  • Galaxie Software (while this resource is not free, and is largely directed towards theological studies, the online subscription price is very reasonable)
  • Journal of Translation (this is a valuable resource and journal for those interested in translation techniques, discourse analysis, etc.—and it's all free!)
  • Perseus (mainly a venue to retrieve Classical Greek related texts/articles, but their database is every expanding with high hopes of covering all aspects of the humanities)
  • Academia (see below)

Of all the online resources I've mentioned, I think it is Academia that provides the most unique method of article discovery-and-retrieval. You're able to track down your favorite scholar and download any resources they've uploaded for free, and maybe even send a personal request for something if they've provided an email address. The limitations are obvious: your scholar of interest may not have a profile yet, and even if they do, may not have uploaded many/any papers yet. But I think as Academia becomes more of an accepted and standardized outlet for sharing your work that the "upper-echelon" of scholars will soon follow suit, if they haven't done so already.

What resource-retrieval venue would you recommend? And come on people, play along. Help your fellow article-diggers out.