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I'm an RRU alumnus. Why can't I access the online databases anymore?

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2017  |  137 Views

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We are generally contractually unable to provide alumni access. The publishers from whom we license our content typically strictly prohibit the use of our databases by anyone other than current students, staff, and faculty as the best way that they can limit database use for educational rather than commercial purposes.

Once you have graduated and require the information for business purposes, the publishers typically want a piece of that, which is why they are often happy to license the databases to businesses directly, usually at a higher cost than the educational rate. An analogy of a similar model is the educational pricing vs. ‘regular’ pricing for various software which is also only available to you when you are a university student.

There are other avenues that you can explore for accessing information resources post-graduation:

  • Most public libraries have a suite of online databases that you can access from home once you are set up with an account, and many of these databases are the same or similar to some of the ones you have searched  at RRU.

  • You can also almost always use most university databases on a walk-in basis, which can be useful if you’re working on a special project.

  • There are also paid for research services, such as Infoaction (at Vancouver Public Library), and Infoline at the University of Victoria  You can write off the research service as a business expense and not have to do the research yourself.

  • You can also look at our list of open access resources, listed at the bottom of this alumni services page: http://library.royalroads.ca/guide-rru-library-services-alumni  I would probably begin with Google Scholar since you can research any topic and there is a growing proportion of open access articles available. When you come across article citations that seem particularly relevant  but that are not openly available, you can make a note of them and either try to request them through Interlibrary Loan service  from your local public library or try and retrieve them by visiting a nearby academic library in person.

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