Answered By: Alison Jones
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2014     Views: 13


If you remain in the area, free non-student library cards may be issued to Carson-Newman College alumni.  (This does not allow for continued use of the subscription databases)


As a resident of Tennessee, you can still access many databases through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) after you graduate. 

Many other states have similar programs for database access for their residents - some like TEL are authenticated based on them recognizing your IP address, while others will require you to login using your public library card.

You can view a complete list of TEL databases here

Notice the inclusion of the following:

Academic OneFile

Gale Virtual Reference Library

amongst many other useful databases.

Here are some databases the United States Federal Government makes available. You can find other smaller and specialty databases and resources at our Demographics and Statistics Web Resources LibGuide.

JStor has two programs that allow the public access to limited resources through JStor.

The first is Early Journal Content:

"On September 6, 2011, we made journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR."

Overview PDF handout

Title List

The second is the Register and Read program:

"Register & Read Beta is a new, experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account. Register & Read follows the release of the Early Journal Content as the next step in our efforts to find sustainable ways to extend access to JSTOR, specifically to those not affiliated with participating institutions."

"Register & Read includes approximately 1,200 journals from more than 700 publishers, a subset of the content in JSTOR. This includes content from the first volume and issue published for these journals through a recent year (generally 3-5 years ago)."

Please note - the Register and Read program only allows you access to 3 articles per week and you only have access to them for 14 days (unless you choose to purchase them). This is obviously much narrower access than the Early Journal Content, or the full JStor collections you are used to using as a C-N student, but still a lot more than is available to the public otherwise.

Register and Read FAQ

Overview PDF handout

Title List

Click here to browse (by subject) the journals available on the web from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). ("This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.")
You can also use one of the many academic search engines available on the internet.  Many of the articles found may not be in full text online however, though many are:

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