Gimme Gimme JSTOR


The question of access continues to plague the academic community—if academia is truly about knowledge and discovery, why are there still so many barriers to the unfettered sharing of information? The architects of digital “pirate libraries” around the world are trying to resolve that contradiction, violating copyright laws to bring expensive scholarly materials to the researchers (and data-hungry laypeople) who need them.

Theodora Messalas is a New York-based writer and editor who could easily be talked into going to grad school. More from this author →