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Is the EBSCOhost database search engine only for university and institutional use?

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The services provided by EBSCOhost are only accessible via institutions such as universities, corporations, government and military agencies, health organisations, public libraries and schools. However, EBSCO makes four databases freely accessible to the public.

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The four databases available to the public via EBSCO are: European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750, Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts, Teacher Reference Center and GreenFILE.

Fortunately, databases that provide access for individuals do exist. Both Jstor and Springer offer the option of creating an individual account, although these may be limited compared to an institutional account. Springer also offers the option of browsing open access journals. Another option is to search for papers using Google Scholar, which lists open access papers as well as papers for which a one time fee is payable.

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