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Anyone got these papers, or a good source?

  1. Jun 16, 2012 #1
    I'm an A level student, and one that doesn't usually write much in school other than the odd word between squiggles and numbers. (I'm studying maths, further maths, physics and electronics.)

    But now I find myself in the position of writing two different essays, which should be good, as it's an opportunity to actually write something longer which could otherwise become a forgotten skill...

    So my problem, I've been searching around for material to read - I should say at this point that one essay is on the history of electricity and electromagnetism, the other on British Engineering.

    I've never really had the call to read any scientific papers before - I do have (and have read and understood what I could at the time) Maxwell's On Physical Lines of Force, and Newton's Principia.

    But clearly those are famous, widely-celebrated works - and were not difficult for me to come across and access. I bought OPLF very cheaply from Amazon (about £1), and Principia is available for free as a .pdf.

    Now, I have found and read extracts of some papers that I'd like to read for background and sources for these essays - but some of them I just can't seem to get hold of.

    One in particular, 'The Diaspora of British Engineering' by Buchanan, has been especially annoying. I can only find it on one site - which wants $24 for a .pdf of the 20page article.

    As a student just trying to write an essay, I both can't afford that, nor think it should have to be that way!

    Is there something I'm missing? How does one both find out about, and get hold of a copy, good papers?

    Or does everyone worth their salt live/work near a massive copyright library, or at least one that stocks scientific papers and journals?

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  3. Jun 16, 2012 #2
    Have you tried JSTOR? It has a massive database of papers you can access. Also since you are a student, your library should be subscribed to all kinds of journals.
  4. Jun 16, 2012 #3
    That was the one place I found The Diaspora of British Engineering that I mentioned charged $24. Forgot to specify.

    Seems like a solid enough idea, I just can't afford it!

    And no, as I said I'm a sixth form student, the library is fairly small in the grand scheme of things, probably more than 50% fiction, and of what's left obviously only a fraction is scientific, and even less would be relevant. They also don't hold any subscriptions, just books.
  5. Jun 16, 2012 #4

    I have never been in that sort of predicament before. All of the papers I find on JSTOR are usually free. Maybe someone else can give you some advice.
  6. Jun 16, 2012 #5
    Ah that is helpful though, thanks.

    I sort of disregarded looking for anything else on JSTOR assuming everything would be similarly priced.

    I will see what else I can find that looks useful for free/cheap.

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