Journal Articles…for…Freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

OK, cheesy reference to the movie “Bedtime Stories” aside, Rice Library Reference Team has published a new LibGuide called Open Access Resources.  It was created to aid Rice Library patrons in locating free, open source journals and other resources for all disciplines, plus pages dedicated to specific resources including: institutional repositories, theses/dissertations, books, manuscripts, popular magazines, and more.

Open access resources are documents and links freely accessible through the World Wide Web.  Many authors and scholars consent to free, unrestricted access and dissemination of their scholarly works.  Many of these works are published in open access journals such as those listed in our Open Access Resources LibGuide.

We hope you find the resources found in this LibGuide useful to your research, and welcome you to use all of our other 200+ LibGuides as well.  They, like the Open Access Resources, are also…for… Freeeeeeeeeeeeee!


New Biographies in Literature Online Database

The latest release of Literature Online sees the addition of 36 new or revised biographies, including biographies for Gillian Beer, Robert Bridges, Bernard Cornwell, Harper Lee, Michael Palin, Frank Spicer, Frank Topping and William Hale White.  Literature Online now contains over 4,500 biographies.  Author biograhies are specially commissioned for Literature Online,and give an authoritative and accessible overview of the author’s life, work, and critical reception.  These biographies can be found by following links from Author Pages, by using Search: Criciticism & Reference, or simply by entering an author’s name in Quick Search.

Literature Online now contains over 19,000 author records.  Each of our author records contains at least one of the following:  an authoritative and accessible biography, full-text of the author’s works, a comprehensive bibliogrpahy of primary works or a list of full-text critical and reference materials relating to the author.  Author records can be accessed by searching in the Search: Authors or Search: Texts pages or from the Quick Search feature from any page.

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SAGE Advice for Researchers

As part of our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of students and faculty around the clock, the library has recently added online encyclopedia titles in a variety of disciplines from SAGE publications. Accessible through the catalog 24/7, these scholarly sources will help researchers of all levels start or supplement their work. Each title’s opening page includes links to information about the editorial board and contributors, as well as to a lengthy introduction to topic coverage and treatment. Users can browse by broad topic or do an advanced search. Which title will work for YOU? (You might find more than one!)

Encyclopedia of social movement media  features 250 essays on the varied experiences of social movement media globally in the 20th and 21st centuries. Thematic essays address selected issues such as human rights media, indigenous peoples’ media, and environmentalist media, and on key concepts widely used in the field such as alternative media, citizens’ media, and community media. The encyclopedia engages with all communication media: broadcasting, print, cinema, the Internet, popular song, street theatre, graffiti, and dance.

Encyclopedia of identity seeks to explore myriad ways in which we define ourselves in our daily lives. Comprising 300 entries, it offers readers an opportunity to understand identity as a socially constructed phenomenon – a dynamic process both public and private, shaped by past experiences and present circumstances, and evolving over time. Offering a broad, comprehensive overview of the definitions, politics, manifestations, concepts, and ideas related to identity, the entries include short biographies of major thinkers and leaders, as well as discussions of events, personalities, and concepts. This title is designed for readers to grasp the nature and breadth of identity as a psychological, social, anthropological, and popular idea.

Encyclopedia of research design At its heart, research might be described as a formalized approach toward problem solving, thinking, and acquiring knowledge—the success of which depends upon clearly defined objectives and appropriate choice of statistical tools, tests, and analysis to meet a project’s objectives. With more than 500 entries, this encyclopedia explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results.

Encyclopedia of law and higher education is a compendium of information that tells the story of law and higher education from a variety of perspectives. As many of the entries in this encyclopedia reflect, the editor and contributors have sought to place legal issues in perspective so that students of higher education and the law can inform policy makers and practitioners about the meaning and status of the law and also raise questions for future research as they seek to improve the quality of learning for all.

Encyclopedia of health services research Health services research is a highly multidisciplinary field, including such areas as health administration, health economics, medical sociology, medicine, political science, public health, and public policy. This is the first single reference source to capture the diversity and complexity of the field. More than 400 entries investigate the relationship between the factors of cost, quality, and access to healthcare and their impact upon medical outcomes such as death, disability, disease, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with care.