October 8, 2013
If you are looking for unrestricted scientific material, for example in the form of free editions of journals, the Internet is the place to look. Open Access enjoys the full benefits of the web, and I can venture to say that without the Internet there would be no open access. The Internet however is full of junk, and it is hard to navigate through it if you do not have the know-how. Thankfully, there are numerous specialized tools and repositories that allow you to quickly and easily locate any content.
One of these tools is JURN – an Internet search engine, designed to identify scientific journals. JURN focuses on the arts and humanities, so if you are looking for materials in these fields of research, it can be very useful.
JURN searches among the more than 4.5 thousand indexed and free e-journals. Just enter the appropriate phrase into the search engine and a moment later you have the results. However, this solution is not perfect. If you want to narrow the list of results you need to set the keywords properly. Unfortunately, JURN does not provide tools through which you can provide information and narrow the search – everything has to be entered into the search box again. However, it deals efficiently with search databases, and with a bit of patience, you will find what you are looking for sooner or later.
JURN also offers a directory of 3,000 English-language titles, arranged by the appropriate categories and the directory itself provides links to specified periodicals. It must be remembered though that not all of them are free – some offer only limited access to free content. However, if you are searching for journals in a specific field of science, this listing can be helpful, even though it is certainly not exhaustive.
JURN is not a perfect tool but can be without doubt useful, especially for those who look for arts and humanities content.