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Research After Graduation

WSU graduates and non-affiliates do not have remote access to online resources and databases, but there are many free resources and research tools online to help you do research after you graduate.

General Resources

Electronic resource licenses are typically tied to the number of people in the organization, with larger organizations paying higher prices. Due to these pricing models, we cannot provide universal remote access to everyone and continue to efficiently and ethically spend university funds.

Check out these resources to access materials: 

  • Your local library often subscribes to e-books, audiobooks, and online journals. Many public libraries can even request items they do not own from other libraries, sometimes at no cost or for a nominal fee! 

  • Visit WSU Campus Libraries (Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver) and use our physical and online resources. If you are a Washington state resident, you can even get a card to borrow our books for no charge. Learn more about who can use the WSU Libraries and information for community members

  • Google Scholar is a great way to search for scholarly materials.  

  • Try the browser extension Unpaywall to search for full-text when you hit a paywall.   

  • Professional associations can be a great way to find important materials in your field. 

  • Government documents often include helpful materials and reports. For more information, visit our Government Information Guide 

Subject-Specific Resources

WSU Librarians have put together subject-specific resource lists for researching after graduation. 

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