LIS Resources After Graduation
Apr 19, 2013
If you are graduating this May, you may be wondering what you may still be able to access from the resources offered by LIS Virtual Library and the University Library more broadly. Here are some of the details:
General Access Policies
- Alumni can access the UI Library's licensed full-text databases as long as their NetID remains active. This is controlled by CITES, not by GSLIS or the Library. Per CITES, your account on the campus network will expire 3 months after graduation. Afterwards, licensed databases are only available if you come to campus and use a public terminal.
- If you live in Champaign-Urbana, you can obtain a community patron card, which will allow you to check out physical materials (excluding loanable technology) with the same privileges as undergraduates.
- For more information, see the GSLIS help page on "Leaving GSLIS," under "Accounts and Passwords.”
But Wait! Open Online LIS Info and Research Resources
- An increasing number of journals in LIS and other subjects are published as open-access web journals, and the full text is universally available. The best listing for these journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals, which can be searched or browsed. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, you may want to look at not only the LIS Journal listings, but Computer Science, Education, or others.
- You can search the free version of the LIS database Library, Information, and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) from EBSCO. No full text, but you can find materials to track down other ways. Such as…
- Remember talking in LIS classes about the importance of digital repositories to promote open access to faculty research? These are your entry points to research that would otherwise be behind a paywall—and to grey literature that might otherwise be hard to find. Check out OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, which will let you search the contents of digital repositories. Or check out LIS-specific repositories such as DLIST (US-focused) or e-LIS (European-focused).
Still Not Enough?
- The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library keeps a monster list of free research resources related to a whole range of research interests.
- The search engines Google Scholar (interdisciplinary) and Scirus (focused on science and technology) identify articles, preprints, conference papers, and more, and frequently link to open access content.
- Produced by librarians, Current Cites annotates articles about information technologies. You can subscribe to monthly alerts, each covering up to a dozen selected articles.
Hopefully these resources will help you after graduation. Congratulations, and good luck wherever life takes you next!