This board has already helped me to see that I can make a living online, and has given me the confidence to really go for it.
Thank you to everyone who helps to make this the best resource to those trying to make a living online.
In return I thought I would contribute in the small way that I can. It might not be helpful to all of you, but if you write articles regularly then you may find some of these resources helpful.
I'm a stickler for backing up what I say with credible studies, so these are some of the databases I have found useful for researching.
You should begin looking for studies once you've decided on your topic. So, for example if my topic is "weight loss" I will then search journal databases for this to find out what the latest evidence is on my subject.
If I wanted to be more specific, I might search in PubMed for "weight loss + green tea" or "weight loss + exercise".
The following info will help you to carry out credible research on the internet:
Obviously Google can be a good starting point, but it shouldn't be your only source of info.
#2 Scholarly Journals
University researchers publish thousands of articles in relation to their topic of interest. This research is typically very high quality, however you can expect to pay anywhere from $20 up for your own copy of these journals.
But, thanks to open access journals you can access some of them for free.
- PubMed - great for health related research, for example nutrition, mental health, psychology, and alternative medicine. However, not all resources listed are freely available, but many of them are.
- Directory of Open Access Journals - includes thousands of free, full text quality journals.
- High Wire Press - free access to full text articles.
- Biomed Central Open Access Journals - open access science journals.
- Open J-Gate
- Directory of Open Access Repositories - open access repositories worldwide.
These resources allow you to access journal abstracts:
- Radical Reference - the librarians who run this site often have access to research databases and may be able to provide you with the information you need, even if they can't email you an entire article.
- The Internet Public Library - this is a wonderful resource, and is actually the first public library on and for the internet community.