'Is that Forced Migration Text Online?' Testing an Information Access Rule of Thumb

5 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2009 Last revised: 16 Jul 2014

Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

One of the biggest challenges in the research process is obtaining the actual texts of articles, books and reports identified through bibliographic references and journal citations. This is particularly true for policymakers, practitioners and other independent researchers who often do not have substantial library collections or large budgets for acquiring documents at their disposal. What about the Internet? It has certainly placed a greater volume of information at our fingertips, but is it the right kind and is it always free? To answer these questions, the author surveyed 356 texts described in a forced migration-related information resource and reports the results of her findings.

Keywords: information access, full-text documents, forced migration, refugees

Suggested Citation

Mason, Elisa, 'Is that Forced Migration Text Online?' Testing an Information Access Rule of Thumb (November 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1509589

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