Library Research Guide
Look for a professional association that connects you with colleagues and offers benefits that will support your research efforts. These benefits can include:
Calculate the cost of membership against the cost of the benefits if you had to pay for them individually.
Check if the association offers sliding membership dues based upon salary, the size of the organization that you work for, or how new you are to the profession.
Ask your workplace if they will pay the membership for you.
Some professional organizations are committed to the open exchange of ideas and research. This can include sites where they legally post copies of their research articles or data.
Your favorite database may actually be one of these sites.