A new year is upon us and that certainly seems to be a good time to have a look at things and see if any improvements can be made. I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions because I think those things are doomed to failure from the outset. If you need to wait for an arbitrary point in the cycle of a planetary orbit around a star, then you’re already starting out with the wrong mindset. Still, there is something about a new year that marks out a time to try new things, make some general improvements, and see if you can change something for the better.

I’m hoping that I’m doing exactly that, beginning with this post and what will be a series of a few more posts over the coming days.

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Intragalactic Librarian – Episode 03 – The First Law
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Skylar and Jessica return in a new chapter of Intragalactic Librarian! Now official agents of the CDD, our cosmic librarians embark on their first mission, a rescue unlike any other!

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 54 – Nexus and Empathy
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Join Dan for a special episode of Cyberpunk Librarian where he looks at what it is to be human in an increasingly technological world, and within the world of one of the greatest novels in the cyberpunk genre!

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 53 – Free and Mine
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Sometimes it’s far harder than it should be to find that academic paper or research article. Papers and journals are locked behind paywalls, paywalls that don’t matter to your patrons. So let Dan help you break the walls down, and get those articles you and your patrons need!

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  • Google Scholar – Start here whenever you’re looking for a scholarly article.
  • Unpaywall – For Firefox and Chrome. Looks for legal access to scholarly articles.
  • DOAJ – The Directory of Open Access Journals. Almost 10,000 journals an over 2.5 million articles.
  • Arxiv – Pronounced “Archive,” this is a massive ePrint server from the Cornell University Library. You’ll find open access to over 1.3 million articles on a variety of subjects.
  • Sci-Hub – Open access to scientific and academic research.
  • Library Genesis – Over 2 million eBooks, magazines, and articles.
  • Sci-Hub Links for Chrome – Turn those DOIs and Pubmed links into Sci-Hub links.
  • IBT – Two-thirds of the world’s academic papers are now on Sci-Hub
  • r/Scholar – The scholarly article subreddit.

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