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08/01/2017

The MSU Libraries has completed an annual review of subscription databases in preparation for fiscal year 2018. The MSU Libraries strives to provide the greatest number of resources for the University community as the budget allows; unfortunately, with an ever increasing rise in the cost of journals and databases, discontinuations are inevitable without budget increases. Therefore, after a comprehensive review of databases, the MSU Libraries has determined the following list of databases will not be renewed for FY18:

  • Ethnic News Watch
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest Congressional Indexes
  • RIA Academic Advantage (Checkpoint RIA)

A LibGuide is being developed to help researchers find alternative resources.

The MSU Libraries is a member of several consortia that allow for fast interlibrary loan of journal articles:

  • RapidILL is a consortium of academic libraries who share their collections via a specifically designed interlibrary loan system to make filling ILL requests very fast and cost effective. Most RapidILL requests are filled within 24 hours, with an average fill time of 10 hours.
  • The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) where scholars and researchers from member institutions have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan.

There are other alternatives to retrieve full text journal articles. One such alternative is the use of institutional repositories where authors often deposit a post-print version of their journal articles. OpenDOAR is a directory of worldwide academic institutional repositories with links to thousands of repositories around the world. If the author’s academic affiliation is known, there may be an opportunity to retrieve articles not available through MSU Libraries’ databases.

Another alternative is the Unpaywall browser extension. Unpaywall will search the web for a free version of journal articles. The extension is easily downloaded and works in the background of your browser.

Similar to Unpaywall is Open Access Button. OA Button can either be used as a browser extension or a search from their website. For more information about OA Button, visit their website and click on “How it works.”

For questions about research or database content, please visit http://lib.msstate.edu/help/ to find help with research questions.

For questions about the discontinuations, please contact Mary Ann Jones, Associate Professor/Coordinator of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions, mjones@library.msstate.edu.