I have been trying to learn more about some of the latest research in different fields. I had been given some good websites to take a look at a while back here on the forums. However, though the sites give a nice overview of the research, they are not very in-depth or technical. In order to view the source articles, each one costs (on average) $25-30 to download as a PDF. Being a college student, this is of course not financially feasible for me. I am in a small college right now finishing my AA, so they don't have much of anything as far as physics resources. What I am wondering is how do college students typically gain access to the latest research being done without having to pay an arm and a leg? Is there certain journals that are common to subscribe to? Are there internet sources that don't redirect you to sites that try to charge you? Also, if you have to pay for these articles, does that mean that the writer of those articles receives compensation for them, or is it just other companies profiting off their work?