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  • pstoyko1 6y

    This is a huge problem.

    And some institutions have a foot inside of the tool booth and a foot outside. That's because, even inside of the largest universities, the collections are never comprehensive. The librarians make judgment calls about which journals to include based on an estimate of demand and the package deals offered.

    That's why, as a researcher, your librarian is your key contact. When I go on trips abroad, I always buy my librarian t-shirts, mugs, and other gifts from university book stores to keep the goodwill flowing. A good librarian will use a network of contacts to get you articles from the more obscure journals. The librarians fax each other.

    So, in a sense, the situation is even worse. Even people in major institutions don't have full access unless they have their librarians go the extra mile or they contact the author directly.

    It's easier in some disciplines, such as medicine and law. But social scientists have a hard time.

    Cheers, Peter.
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