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How to get free research articles and not pay. Tutorial.

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I'm a person that thinks it's absolutely ridiculous that you run into many pay walls for research that was funded by government or from a public hospital. I believe in the complete free dissemination of healthcare treatment knowledge - the current best practice. Having the knowledge makes us better caregivers, patients and advocates. Not having the information makes us a slave to the system.

Here are two websites that you can use to get free research articles.

Step 1. Find the research article that is behind a paywall. What you will see is the DOI. The DOI will look something like this - DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1503747

Step 2. Get the DOI and put it into one of these two web sites. or

Step 3. Enjoy the "free research" that you PAID for through taxation or insurance costs.

If the DOI does not work, just copy/paste the entire URL into the search bar. So you can just " use something like that. I would try the DOI first.

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Thanks, but be careful, you may end up like Aron Schwartz. An great example of your federal government doing what it now does best: suppressing any and all dissent.

Be Well - cujoe

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RICH22 in reply to cujoe

wow, totally forgot about Aaron. was thinking his life would make a great movie, then found the documentary had already been done. but a hollywoodized version? aha!

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JackT16e in reply to cujoe

Dear Cujoe, Just read the Wikipedia article you referenced on Aaron Schwartz. I didn't know anything about him but after reading the articles about all of his accomplishments and zeal for changing Society ( internet culture), it doesn't seem likely to me that he would have killed himself. I feel very skeptical. Turning down that plea may have signaled that he would have used a trial as a platform for his beliefs.

And a big thank you .... now please get me my ex-wife's unlisted telephone number....

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Tuesday 04/09/2019 7:00 PM EDT

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j-o-h-n in reply to RICH22

I did already.... came back with the following info on her: "ugly witch"....

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Sunday 07/14/2019 1:19 PM DST


super! immense act of kindness!

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I will pin this

I have managed to obtain research articles by writing a brief note to the corresponding author outlining the relevance to my case and requesting a copy.

Brilliant resources, both sites - thank you!!

I've been reading articles with for a while. It makes a huge difference to read the whole thing vs the abstract.

Wow it works. Many thanks. I used it to get the article "Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer: AUA Guideline Amendment 2018." Got it on sci-hub. But first had to pass a non-robot test, the instructions were in Russian. Probably just my computer since TW is Taiwan. (I remember when, decades ago, Taiwan did not recognize print copyrights and expensive text books and such could be had there for a song.)

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This has open my world and gave me command to influence my PCa destiny!

If received research paper for a posts that was obtained from this information will reference...

I use interlibrary loan. Free and quick. Give citation and they do the rest

Great Idea. I'm just as frustrated about funding this research and not seeing the results.



From time to time the excellent Sci-Hub service moves from one host country to another. Several weeks ago it switched from to

As the poster above discovered, the working URL is now

Now it is Wikipedia always has the latest working url

Thank you!

Now at and

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