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LessWrong Help Desk - free paper downloads and more (2014)

30 Post author: jsalvatier 16 January 2014 05:51AM

Over the last year, VincentYu, gwern and others have provided many papers for the LessWrong community (87% success rate in 2012) through previous help desk threads. We originally intended to provide editing, research and general troubleshooting help, but article downloads are by far the most requested service.

If you're doing a LessWrong relevant project we want to help you. If you need help accessing a journal article or academic book chapter, we can get it for you. If you need some research or writing help, we can help there too.

Turnaround times for articles published in the last 20 years or so is usually less than a day. Older articles often take a couple days.

Please make new article requests in the comment section of this thread.

If you would like to help out with finding papers, please monitor this thread for requests. If you want to monitor via RSS like I do, many RSS readers will give you the comment feed if you give it the URL for this thread (or use this link directly). 

If you have some special skills you want to volunteer, mention them in the comment section.

Comments (319)

Comment author: jsalvatier 26 January 2014 01:06:57AM 5 points [-]

Bjelakovic G, Gluud LL, Nikolova D, Whitfield K, Wetterslev J, Simonetti RG, Bjelakovic M, Gluud C. Vitamin D supplementation for prevention of mortality in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD007470. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007470.pub3.

Does anyone know if Cochrane publishes the data they use in their meta analysis? I have a suspicion that meta analysis generally does not make good use of the available data. In their vitamin D analysis, they have shockingly large confidence intervals compared to the amount of data they have. I'd like to check that theory.

Comment author: VincentYu 26 January 2014 10:32:28PM *  8 points [-]


Does anyone know if Cochrane publishes the data they use in their meta analysis?

I had a look. It turns out Cochrane does publish all their usable data, and they seem to be ungated! Here's a link to the data for this meta-analysis. (The link to this data is provided in the gated HTML article, but there doesn't seem to be a link from an ungated page, so I wonder if these data are supposed to be freely accessible... In any case, all their data are currently ungated and accessible by appending '/downloadstats' to the appropriate URL.)

Comment author: jsalvatier 30 January 2014 08:16:27PM *  3 points [-]

Here are some details about the file formats: http://tech.cochrane.org/revman/documentation/file-formats

I find myself irritated that they only include effect sizes and sample sizes rather than the actual observed counts for each group, as that would make a Bayesian analysis much easier.

Comment author: gwern 30 January 2014 09:20:44PM 3 points [-]

I haven't looked in detail at it, but is that because their formats or approaches do not support raw data or because they do support raw counts but simply did not supply them? ie they had the data & discarded it, or they may never have had the observed counts & were going off effect sizes reported in papers; the latter is plausible as I've found authors very unwilling to share detailed information beyond what is reported in papers.

Comment author: jsalvatier 31 January 2014 03:33:36AM *  4 points [-]

Turns out they actually, do report it! It was just under an unexpected label "EVENTS_1". I'm going to do a meta analysis of my own.

Comment author: gwern 31 January 2014 04:43:08PM *  2 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 26 January 2014 11:40:52PM 2 points [-]

The link to this data is provided in the gated HTML article, but there doesn't seem to be a link from an ungated page, so I wonder if these data are supposed to be freely accessible... In any case, all their data are currently ungated and accessible by appending '/downloadstats' to the appropriate URL.

Hm. I wonder how I would get a full list of URLs. It'd be nice to feed it into my archiver bot.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 31 January 2014 03:59:35AM 2 points [-]

It would be easy to extract a partial list of URLs from this. Google probably has better coverage with its in url search, but I don't know how to get lots of data out of it.

Comment author: gwern 31 January 2014 04:41:30PM 3 points [-]

Looks like one would be better off using the site: parameter than inurl:, since it's a prefix; so site:onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 31 January 2014 05:14:46PM 2 points [-]

huh. I didn't try that because I knew that site: doesn't work for all prefixes (eg, it fails if you chop off the last digit). I thought it required termination with a slash, but maybe any punctuation works? I do recommend inurl:abstract.

Comment author: jsalvatier 30 May 2015 11:44:39PM 1 point [-]

It turns out Cochrane does provide their data. Very nice of them.

Also, at least in this case my own metanalysis based on their data perfectly replicated their results. The inefficiency I thought was there was not there.

Comment author: MrMind 16 January 2014 08:56:49AM 4 points [-]

That's really amazing!

First of all thanks for the service. I'll launch the first request and see how it goes :)

I'm interested in Odifreddi chapters, title "Ultrafilters, dictators and gods", from the book "Calude, Paun (eds) - Finite vs infinite, contributions to an eternal dilemma - Springer Verlag - 2000". You can find more details here

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 16 January 2014 12:51:06PM *  5 points [-]

Books are easier than chapters.

Comment author: MrMind 16 January 2014 03:26:14PM 1 point [-]


Last time I searched there was no trace of it...

In any case, thanks so much!

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 16 January 2014 07:55:18PM 3 points [-]

When did you search? If you search "vs" rather than "versus," it fails. A general suggestion is to search authors if titles fail.

Comment author: FeuDRenais 19 March 2015 07:48:37PM *  3 points [-]

In case anyone is interested, I have a similar paper supplying project here: http://www.ccapprox.info/pod/eng/

Just putting that out there. In case the admins of this site want to try to collaborate somehow, I am all for, so feel free to write me :-)

All the best,


Comment author: gwern 09 November 2014 03:04:57AM 3 points [-]
  • Dr. I. J. Good; "The Human Preserve"; Spaceflight 7 (September 1965):167-170 (note that this is the magazine published by the British Interplanetary Society, ISSN 0038-6340; they don't sell back-issues that far, don't appear to have been scanned by IA or Google Books, and only seems to be available through universities with print collections that far back like UWash)

In The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett, there's an interesting endnote:

Good and Everett were acquainted: both did work for IDA’s communications division in Princeton (probably cryptographic tasks for the National Security Agency). Among Everett’s papers is a copy of a treatise by Good called “The Human Preserve.” It speculates that our galaxy is secretly governed by telepathic “Chief Entities” who preserve inter-stellar law and order in what amounts to a galactic zoo. Good said that self-replicating intelligent machines would long ago have taken over the zoo were it not for intervention by the Chief Entities, whose beneficent occupation saves us from descending into anarchy. The analogy between guardianship by the Chief Entities and the American national security state’s promotion of its role as a “global policeman” was intentional.

We're all familiar with his essay on superintelligent machines, and it seems this links up.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 19 November 2014 10:04:17PM *  4 points [-]

This claims to be a version from 1980. It appears to have scans of the illustrations from 1980, but retyped text.

See Good's bibliography:

391. "The human preserve" (an invited contribution to a symp. on extraterrestrial life held by the Institute of Biology and the British Interplanetary Society, May 1964), JRNSS (1964), 370-373; and Spaceflight 7 (1965), 167-170 and 180 (See #476)
[JRNSS = J. Royal Naval Science Service]
476. "Life outside the earth", The Listener 73 (June 3, 1965), 815-817. Japanese translation in The Japan Tiles Weekly, Aug. 28, 1965, pp. 14-15. (See #s 391, 597, and 644.)
597. "The Cosmic Club", Context 2 (1968), 2-9 and 36. (See #s 391, 476 and 644.)
644. "The chief entities", Theoria to Theory 3 (April 1969), 71-82. (See #s 391, 476, 597 and 1298)
1298. "The chief entities", a shortening of #644 for Cosmic Search 2, No. 2 (Spring 1980), 13-17.

Supposedly, the Listener has been digitized, but it's probably not available at many American universities.

Comment author: gwern 21 November 2014 09:44:14PM 2 points [-]

This claims to be a version from 1980. It appears to have scans of the illustrations from 1980, but retyped text.

Thanks. That's sufficient for my curiosity: Good lays out the argument for lots of aliens (which is cogent enough and time has vindicated various beliefs such as planets being common), notes that galactic colonization is easy and highly certain on astronomical timescales, that there must be a stable governing structure (the Chief Entities, who may or may not be FAIs), and argues that the reason for the Great Silence is the 'zoo hypothesis' (just with FAIs).

Not too unreasonable for the time period - as he notes, the first SETI searches had just been done and parapsychology still seemed fairly credible then - but I'd say by this point it's pretty clear that there are no intelligent aliens whatsoever and the zoo hypothesis is untenable, and parapsychology likewise. So a historical piece of minimal general interest.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 21 November 2014 11:01:27PM 2 points [-]

Speaking of parapsychology...

780. "The use of clones in experimental parapsychology", paraSCIENCE, 1, No. 1 (1971), p. 5.
882. "And Good Saw the it was God(d)", Parascience Research J. 1, No. 2 (Feb. 1975), 3-13. (See #1322.)
882A. A reprinting of #882, with minor changes, Parasc. Proc. 1973/77 (issued '79), pp. 55-66
1322. "Is there any scientific basis for parapsychology?" For the tenth annual meeting of the American Culture Association and the second annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Detroit, Michigan, April 16-19, 1980. Session on the Philosophy of Parapsychology, 8:30a.m. to 10:30a.m. April 19 to the Crystal Ballroom, Book Cadillac Hotel. (See #882.)
1322A. "Scientific speculations on the paranormal and the parasciences", a slight revision of #1322 for The Zetetic Scholar, No. 7 (1980, Dec.), 9-29. [Issued Feb. 1981] (See #s 882, 1460.)
1460. "Scientific speculations on the paranormal: introductory comments", for the workshop on "The demarcation between science and pseudo-science," at the Center for the Study of Science in Society, VPI&SU, 1982, April 30 to May 2. #1322A was invited. These introductory comments show the relevance to the workshop. In VA Tech Center for the Study of Science in Society, Working Papers, 2,No. 1 (April 1983), 107-112.

1322A is available here

Comment author: Larks 28 June 2014 03:07:17PM 3 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 28 June 2014 04:57:00PM 4 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 29 April 2014 03:16:20AM 3 points [-]

For a Feynman mystery:

Comment author: VincentYu 02 May 2014 02:13:35AM *  5 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 20 February 2014 07:04:45PM 3 points [-]

"Peering Into Peer Review", 2014 (linked from http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2014/02/20/the_nih_takes_a_look_at_how_the_moneys_spent.php and apparently the fulltext is at http://sciencemag.lovefuck.me/content/343/6171/596.short - no, I don't understand either why Science is now being hosted on lovefuck.me either. There are many things in this world I don't understand.)

Comment author: VincentYu 21 February 2014 10:25:58AM 7 points [-]


apparently the fulltext is at http://sciencemag.lovefuck.me/content/343/6171/596.short - no, I don't understand either why Science is now being hosted on lovefuck.me either. There are many things in this world I don't understand.

I took a look. That domain is acting as a 2-hop open web proxy. The first hop routes through a VPS in New York. The second hop routes through a (dedicated?) server in Montreal. The New York VPS is running nginx as a reverse proxy with no caching. The Montreal server is running Mr9.SM, which looks like an online fraud toolkit built on top of a web proxy back end. On the same server, there is an exposed MongoDB interface that is leaking data that should not be leaked.

There are other domains that are also using these two servers as a 2-hop open web proxy (the domains and two servers are most likely managed by the same entity, since the setup requires coordination). A small sample (rot13ed to stop bots from picking them up):

  • nqbivan.pbz
  • pbaqbefubrf.pbz
  • qbjaybnqjvaqbjf8.zr
  • serrcfq.zr
  • ccggrzcyngrf.zr
  • jvaqbjfqbjaybnq.zr

Strangely, I wasn't able to figure out what fraud is being attempted. I expected to see cookie stuffing, but there was no sign of that—the only thing added to each page is a javascript StatCounter tracker. Phishing seems unlikely given the rather conspicuous domain names... but I suppose many users still fall for that. I don't understand why a 2-hop design is used, especially since nginx is not being used to cache anything. If anyone figures out what's going on, I would be very interested to hear about it.

Comment author: peter_hurford 20 January 2014 02:55:35AM 3 points [-]

For people looking for papers, there's also r/scholar.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 17 January 2014 06:38:10AM 3 points [-]

If you are looking for books, you may want to try here and here first.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 30 January 2014 09:27:33PM *  2 points [-]

The canonical version of your second link is here. It also covers papers.

Comment author: biker19 06 December 2016 11:09:42PM *  2 points [-]

Hi, everyone! This is my first request here.

I am looking for the... [REQUEST FULFILLED]

Comment author: btrettel 07 December 2016 08:50:42PM 2 points [-]

As a cyclist, I'd be interested in seeing these articles as well.

Unfortunately my university doesn't have any of these. I could request them by interlibrary loan, but I suspect I'd be on break by the time they come in.

I usually visit the Library of Congress when visiting my parents on breaks, and I'll check their catalog to see if they have these proceedings later. Their online catalog is not working at the moment. I'll make a new reply to your comment when I do.

Comment author: btrettel 08 December 2016 02:07:19AM 1 point [-]

The Library of Congress does not have these proceedings, unfortunately.

Comment author: biker19 08 December 2016 10:49:52AM 0 points [-]

Thank you for trying anyway. Will let you know if I ever find them.

Comment author: biker19 09 April 2017 10:30:16AM 0 points [-]

Is there still any chance that my request will ever be fulfilled?

Comment author: btrettel 10 April 2017 09:11:46PM 1 point [-]

It appears that the loan requests for all 3 proceedings that I requested have been sent. I anticipate all of the requested proceedings will be here in a month, after which I'll scan them in their entirety.

Comment author: btrettel 09 April 2017 11:42:02PM 1 point [-]

Sure, I would have tried interlibrary loan myself back in December, but I was too busy.

I requested the 1982, 1984, and 1987 proceedings. I'm not going to request the 1992 (published in 1994) proceedings because I have no success getting anything from CISTI, and getting things from Europe would either take too long or not happen at all. Let's see if someone who can visit one of those libraries can help.

Comment author: biker19 11 April 2017 09:41:19AM 0 points [-]

Thank you very much for submitting the ILL requests. If you could manage to get the first three, that would be great.

It is hard to believe that no US libraries hold copies of the fourth one (at least according to WorldCat). Apparently, these proceedings don't even have ISBN numbers.

Comment author: btrettel 03 December 2015 10:40:13PM *  2 points [-]

I'll be making a visit to the Library of Congress sometime in the next month. I visit the Library of Congress a few times each year to scan things which basically can't be found elsewhere. If there's anything in particular you want from the Library of Congress next time I go, let me know here. I'd strongly prefer that you've tried other resources first, and checked that what you want is in the Library of Congress catalog (or likely so; sometimes you can't tell).

I might also visit the NIST library and National Agricultural Library.

Also, if there's anything who is going to make a visit to the British Library or any major library in Russia (e.g., the Russian State Library, the National Library of Russia, Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, any major academic library), let me know if you'd be willing to take some scan requests.

Comment author: btrettel 30 December 2015 01:01:39AM 1 point [-]

I went to the Library of Congress today. It's highly likely I'll go again next summer, so you can still let me know if there's anything you want scanned.

Comment author: gwern 04 October 2015 11:01:51PM *  2 points [-]

Applied Statistical Decision Theory, Raiffa & Schlaifer 1961 (not to be confused with their 1995 or 1959 decision theory textbooks).

Not on Libgen, Google Books, Google Scholar, the Chinese library site, or in any of the Google hits I found despite all the book review PDFs. I found a table of contents for it, and googled some chapter titles in quotes, but only turned up the same table of contents, so it really doesn't seem to be online in the clear. Betawolf discovered that an online copy does seem to exist at HathiTrust, which seems to think that the book is somehow in the public domain as unlikely as that may sound, and can be downloaded by people at a variety of institutions such as UMich, UWash, etc, but in this case, my UWash proxy doesn't work (it gets me IP-based access to stuff, but not account-login-based access, which HathiTrust seems to be.) Can anyone download it? (EDIT: the 1-page-at-a-time PDF download does work so I am scripting that right now as for i in {1..394}; do sleep 60s; wget "<http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/imgsrv/download/pdf?id=mdp.39015022416351;orient=0;size=100;seq=$i;attachment=0>" -O $i.pdf; done, but if someone can get the whole PDF, that'd be better since then I know nothing was left out and all the metadata will be intact.)

If not, I will buy a used copy ($16-25 on Amazon & AbeBooks) and try out 1DollarScan.

On a historical note, besides compiling many results and being one of the key texts of the 1960s Bayesian revolution, apparently this is the book which introduced the general concept of conjugate distributions into Bayesian statistics, which I had always assumed had been introduced by Laplace or someone early on like that since they are so critical to pre-MCMC analyses.

Comment author: VincentYu 05 October 2015 04:04:30AM 3 points [-]

Got the whole PDF from HathiTrust. I think Chart I is missing from the scan.

Comment author: [deleted] 15 May 2015 07:43:00AM *  2 points [-]

this was an unhelpful comment, removed and replaced by the comment you are now reading

Comment author: VincentYu 16 May 2015 08:46:01AM *  3 points [-]

The relevant paragraph is in Section 2.2.5:

OCD is ranked by the WHO in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses by lost income and decreased quality of life (Bobes et al., 2001). The severity of OCD differs markedly from one person to another. While some people may be able to hide their OCD from their own family, the disorder may have a major negative impact on social relationships leading to frequent family and marital discord or dissatisfaction, separation or divorce (Koran, 2000). It also interferes with leisure activities (Antony et al., 1998) and with a person’s ability to study or work, leading to diminished educational and/or occupational attainment and unemployment (Koran, 2000; Leon et al., 1995). The social cost (that is the person’s inability to fully function in society) has been estimated as US$5.9 billion in 1990, or 70.4% of the total economic cost of OCD (DuPont et al., 1995).

Following the Bobes et al. citation yields:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is the fourth most common psychiatric disorder, occurring in 2–3% of the U.S. population [14]. Furthermore, OCD is a chronic and disabling illness that impacts negatively on the academic, occupational, social, and family function of patients [11, 12, 17]. This impact carries over onto their families, friends, and society [12]. Indeed, OCD ranks tenth in the World Bank’s and WHO’s ten leading causes of disability and, in the case of women aged 15–44 years, OCD occupies the fifth position [22]. In spite of this situation, to our knowledge data on quality of life and disability has scarcely been reported in OCD patients.

Reference 22 is to "WHO Fact Sheet no. 217", which no longer exists. Luckily, the Wayback Machine has a copy. The relevant point:

It is also of great significance that 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide (major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol use, obsessive compulsive disorders) are mental problems. They are as relevant in developing countries as they are in industrialised societies

Unfortunately, there is no citation and it does not precisely match Bobes et al's claims. Neither Bobes et al. nor the WHO fact sheet refers to lost income, so the reference to that in the original claim is wholly unsubstantiated by these citations.

Comment author: btrettel 18 January 2015 09:49:20PM *  2 points [-]

Some folks here seem to be pretty skilled at tracking down hard to find papers, so let's give this one a shot:

Nikonov, G. P., and Shavlovskii, S. S. 1961 Gornye Mashiny i Avtomatika, Nauchno-Tekh. Sb, 1 (18), 5.

That's the citation from another journal article. I originally found reference to this paper in the book Waterjetting technology (see reference 2.19). I don't speak Russian, so this one has proved pretty hard to find. I'm not looking for someone to get me a PDF of this (though that would be nice!), just someone to help me identify a library that has the journal this is in so I can get my university library to request a scan via their interlibrary service.

What I have figured out:

The journal seems to be called "Gornye mašiny i avtomatika" or "Горные машины и автоматика" in Cyrillic. This journal seems to be successor to that journal. (I am going to email the people who run the journal now to see if they can help, but my experience suggests that I'll get no reply, that they won't have copies of the older journals, or that they will not be able to provide scans for various reasons.)

I can find what appears to be this journal a few times on WorldCat: 1, 2, 3

All libraries I found above do not seem to have the right volume (volume 1). I suspect this journal would be much easier to find for someone who lives in Russia or speaks Russian. Any directions would be appreciated.

Comment author: gwern 12 September 2014 11:33:35PM *  2 points [-]

A scan/photograph/transcription of page 415 of Hays 1973, Statistics for the social sciences. (2nd ed.) New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston; or heck the whole book if anyone can find it.

(Meehl in his 1990 "Why summaries of research on psychological theories are often uninterpretable" claims Hays agrees with him about the null hypothesis always being false, but I'm interested in exactly what Hays said and how he said it - albeit not enough to buy the book just to look at one page, and Google Books won't show me the relevant part regardless of how I try to chain my search queries.)

Comment author: VincentYu 16 September 2014 01:54:22AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: VincentYu 13 September 2014 01:36:34AM 3 points [-]


Comment author: gwern 17 July 2014 09:16:18PM *  2 points [-]

Zuehlke, T. (2003). "Estimation of a Tobit model with unknown censoring threshold". Applied Economics 35,1163–9 (this is for a little analysis: https://plus.google.com/103530621949492999968/posts/TG98DXkHrrs )

Comment author: VincentYu 19 July 2014 04:28:30AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 08 March 2014 05:13:40PM *  2 points [-]
Comment author: btrettel 21 January 2014 04:10:35AM *  2 points [-]

I am generally good at finding papers via various techniques, but some have evaded my grasp. Try your luck at the documents listed below. I wrote some notes about my own unsuccessful attempts to find these documents. Apologies in advance for likely reducing you all's success rate!

FOUND: H. G. Haines. 2004. “A pilot study evaluating the bioavailability and absorption rates of two vitamin B12 preparations in normal human subjects”. Health Plus International, Inc. (study protocol # HPI-NF-B12-1).

J. Hovingh, “Stability of a flowing circular annular liquid curtain,” Lawrence Livermore Lab., Internal Memo SS&A-77-108, Aug. 8, 1977.

Б. Я. Кузнецов. “Аэродинамические исследования цилиндров”. Труды ЦАГИ, в. 98, 1931. (B. J. Kuznetsov. “Wind channel tests of cylinders”. CAHI/TsAGI report number 98, 1931.)

M. J. McCarthy, “Entrainment by plunging jets,” University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 1972.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 30 January 2014 10:24:24PM 5 points [-]

Here is the first one. The key was finding it cited in the company's patent, though the URL was wrong. But the archive has a search.

Comment author: VincentYu 01 February 2014 07:08:39AM 1 point [-]

I am impressed; I had looked for the paper and failed to uncover the related patent. Could you share the exact string that you searched for (and the search engine you used) to discover the patent?

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 01 February 2014 05:29:27PM *  3 points [-]

It's on the first page of results for the serial number (the patent does not mention the author's name). What I was looking for was not the actual study, but additional citations, on the hypothesis that the citation was incorrect. I didn't expect a patent to have a link, but to be more accurate than a alternative medicine website.

Comment author: diegocaleiro 17 January 2014 04:14:26PM *  2 points [-]

I can provide feedback for writings in philosophy of mind, evolution, evolutionary psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and popular science. (to make this easy, please use google docs)

It wouldn't be bad to know what lesswrongers are reading (and having trouble finding) maybe publishing all the previously searched books every now and then would be nice.

I'd like to ask for writing help every now and then, I'll keep that in mind.

Comment author: hyporational 17 January 2014 07:31:55AM *  2 points [-]

This is a nice service you're offering, but aren't there platforms to do this that would be more effective, more useful to a wider audience and for a longer time than a LW thread?

If you're doing a LessWrong relevant project we want to help you.

What constitutes relevant? I'm always looking to work smarter, not harder.

Comment author: jsalvatier 26 January 2014 01:02:39AM *  2 points [-]

I've considered other places, but haven't seen anything. Also, I specifically wanted to help people working on lesswrong type topics.

Relevant means working on some lesswrong type topic that you might share with the broader community.

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 01 February 2014 02:49:51AM 1 point [-]

If you want to donate work to the LW community, go for it. I'm not going to send you anywhere else. But I think some kinds of requests should be sent elsewhere. Why should you put effort into supplying journal articles when people could go to r/scholar? (though trivial inconvenience - I don't have a reddit account) Also, it is more likely that libgen is harvesting r/scholar than this thread, increasing the value of contributions there. Moreover, I suspect that a high volume of such requests will discourage other kinds of requests; I'm glad that so far this year does not look like last year.

Comment author: ChristianKl 19 January 2014 12:13:57PM 1 point [-]

What constitutes relevant?

I guess "relevant" depends on what kind of help you want. If you just want a journal article that someone can download in under a minute "relevant" is going to be fairly broad. If you want someone's help proofreading a paper you wrote, the definition is going to me more narrow as that requires more work.

Just model the people on Lesswrong in your mind and ask: "Do I think they would want to help here?" If the issue is relevant in a way that would embarrass you, you are probably good enough at modelling this community to avoid asking.

As asking is generally quite low cost, it's not the end of the world if you do write a request that on the edge of being relevant and nobody wants to help.

Comment author: bokov 16 January 2014 05:56:16PM *  2 points [-]

I can offer advice on statistical analysis of data (frequentist, alas, still learning Bayesian methods myself so not ready to advise on that). Unfortunately, right now I have too little spare time to actually analyze it for you, but I can explain to you how you can tackle it using open source tools and try to point you toward further reading focused on the specific problem you're trying to solve. In the medium-future I hope to have my online data analysis app stable enough to post here, but this is not looking like the month when it will happen.

I can probably answer almost any question you have about the R language, many questions about the Shiny framework, and some questions about Javascript, PHP, and various flavors of SQL (though there are probably plenty LW-ers more knowledgeable than I on the latter three topics).

Also can advise on designing controlled animal experiments so that you won't regret painting yourself into a corner later, but I'm guessing there aren't many biologists here.

I apologize in advance for slow turnaround times. My schedule is pretty full of kids and work. :-/

PS: if your question is too lengthy to post here, just post it on the appropriate Stackexchange site and post the link here.

Comment author: gwern 28 June 2014 05:01:37PM 4 points [-]

I can probably answer almost any question you have about the R language

Might want to look at http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/kez/r_support_group_and_the_benefits_of_applied/ then.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 16 July 2017 12:24:06PM *  1 point [-]

Would like to get

Comment author: biker19 16 July 2017 02:28:29PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 16 July 2017 04:19:54PM 0 points [-]

Thank you very much!

Comment author: ChristianKl 31 May 2017 09:30:11AM 1 point [-]

Scott Alexander writes in a recent post:

Second, Polgar might actually have some really good educational methods besides just “start early and have a lot of practice”. I assume this is true, but I’m having a lot of trouble finding them. Shockingly, Polgar’s book Bring Up Genius is out of print and totally unavailable anywhere

If anyone can find the book and scan it, it would be great.

Comment author: gwern 31 May 2017 03:46:28PM 2 points [-]

You might want to check the SSC comments first as people have already been requesting, scanning, and translating.

Comment author: btrettel 25 May 2017 02:51:08PM *  1 point [-]

I'll be visiting the Library of Congress next week for one day. Let me know here if there's anything in particular you might want me to look at or scan there.

To keep this manageable, I'll only accept requests that appear difficult to obtain elsewhere. If it looks like you can get what you want via interlibrary loan, try that rather than asking me. If you are not affiliated with a university then I'd recommend talking to a librarian at a public library about this. Seems many public libraries will do interlibrary loan for free or a fee.

Likely I'll make a second trip to the Library of Congress in August, too.

Comment author: btrettel 04 June 2017 12:21:03PM *  1 point [-]

Visited the Library of Congress this past Wednesday. I'll be going to the Library of Congress several times this summer, so reply to one of my comments here if you want anything in particular at the Library of Congress.

It was a fairly productive day, as I think I've found a good strategy for avoiding the phone book people at the scanner. For some reason, there's often a ton of people who do nothing other than look at old phone books. I assume this is for some sort of private investigator business or something along those lines. I never asked. Anyway, they tend to procrastinate and use the one overhead scanner starting around 2 to 3 pm, so it's best to do as much book scanning before them. My current strategy is to do my book scanning before 2 and then switch to microfilm, as I rarely ever see anyone using the microfilm viewers or scanners.

Comment author: gwern 13 September 2016 06:37:40PM 1 point [-]
Comment author: gwern 16 February 2016 10:13:21PM *  1 point [-]

"A psychological study of physical scientists", Roe, Anne; Genetic Psychology Monographs, Vol 43, 1951, 121-235 http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1952-01756-001 ; possibly also listed as "A psychological study of eminent physical scientists".

EDIT: requested on /r/Scholar EDITEDIT: requested on Twitter, got a copy.

Comment author: kgalias 06 February 2016 03:58:14PM 1 point [-]

Does anyone know if and where can I find "IB Mathematics Standard Level Course Book: Oxford IB Diploma Programme" (I need this one specifically)?


Comment author: gwern 16 December 2015 07:07:09PM 1 point [-]
  • DeLuca, A.M., Kranda, K.C., 1992. "Environmental enrichment in a large animal facility". Lab Animal 21, 38–44. Not in Google, just a cite in Google Scholar, not in Libgen, university access only goes back to 2010, and finally, the Lab Animal website doesn't seem to index earlier than 1993 so further info is not available. (/r/scholar)
Comment author: VincentYu 19 February 2016 03:47:43AM 1 point [-]

Here. Figures 4 and 5 are missing from the scan that I received. Dope ads.

Comment author: btrettel 25 December 2015 09:32:16PM 1 point [-]

Seems harder to find than I anticipated. WorldCat suggests my university has this journal, but I can't find it in their catalog. My university's proxy doesn't work on the site. Doesn't seem the Library of Congress has it either. Sorry, can't be of much more help.

Comment author: ChristianKl 21 September 2015 09:51:35AM 1 point [-]

In Feymann's Cargo Cult Speech he writes:

All experiments in psychology are not of this type, however. For example, there have been many experiments running rats through all kinds of mazes, and so on--with little clear result. But in 1937 a man named Young did a very interesting one. He had a long corridor with doors all along one side where the rats came in, and doors along the other side where the food was.

What's the paper towards which Feymann points?

Comment author: gwern 21 September 2015 04:45:33PM *  3 points [-]
Comment author: Morendil 20 August 2015 10:14:16PM 1 point [-]

Software Engineering, A Historical Perspective J. Marciniak DOI 10.1002/0471028959.sof321

Comment author: VincentYu 22 August 2015 05:26:10AM 3 points [-]

Here. Sorry about the horrible format; I didn't see a better way to download the content or print the page. In addition, I couldn't access the figures.

Comment author: gwern 23 July 2015 06:22:01PM *  1 point [-]

Probability and Statistics for Business Decisions, Robert Schlaifer 1959. Surprisingly expensive used, and unfortunately for such a foundational text in Bayesian decision theory, doesn't seem to be available online. If you can't get a digital copy, does anyone know of a good service or group which would produce a high-quality digital copy given a print edition?

Comment author: VincentYu 24 July 2015 10:37:13AM *  5 points [-]

Page-by-page .djvu scans are available here (found via this search; edit: it seems to appear sporadically in the search results). Full sequence of download links is <{001..744}.djvu>

I wrote the following just before finding the scan of the book. I'll post it anyway.

I've used 1DollarScan for about 50 books, including math/stat textbooks, and the quality is consistently good (unless you need accurate color reproduction) even with the cheapest option (i.e., $1 per 100 pages), but you'll need to do your own post-processing to:

  • Lossily compress further and binarize B/W text; expect about 400 KB/page from 1DollarScan.
  • Perform OCR; 1DollarScan's OCR option is expensive and performs okay at best.
  • Straighten pages; pages are often offset slightly from the vertical.
  • Add metadata (e.g., page numbering, section bookmarks).

I use Adobe Acrobat with ABBYY FineReader for these. FineReader's OCR is more accurate than Acrobat's, but Acrobat performs okay by itself. Acrobat's trial can be indefinitely reactivated every month in a Windows VM by reverting to a pre-activation snapshot, whereas FineReader has to be bought or torrented, as its trial is overly restrictive. I don't know of any good options on Linux.

BTW, there's a used copy on Half.com for $39. Not sure if you saw that.

Comment author: Dorikka 06 June 2015 09:29:59PM 1 point [-]

If anyone could find the following, I'd appreciate it.

Funk JR, Watson RA, Cormier JM, Guzman H, Bonugli E. Kinematics and kinetics of vigorous head shaking. J Appl Biomech. 2015 Jun;31(3):170-5.

Comment author: gwern 07 June 2015 12:33:25AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: chemotaxis101 01 June 2015 03:52:30PM *  1 point [-]

Dynamic choice in a complex world

Murali Agastya, Arkadii Slinko

Journal of Economic Theory July 2015, Vol.158:232–258


(I'm sorry: Libgen seems to be currently out of reach.)

Comment author: gwern 01 June 2015 06:12:09PM 3 points [-]
Comment author: [deleted] 29 May 2015 04:55:40PM 1 point [-]

Allozyme polymorphisms detected in mature needle tissue in ponderosa pine. J. B. Mitton, Y. B. Linhart, K. B. Sturgeon, J. L. Hamrick. - Journal of heredity v. 70 issue 2. - 1979.

Thank you.

Comment author: gwern 29 May 2015 09:24:41PM 3 points [-]
Comment author: [deleted] 29 May 2015 09:36:44PM 1 point [-]

Thank you! (For some reason, I could not download it on my own - lack of proxy servers or something like that.)

Comment author: gwern 14 May 2015 09:35:45PM *  1 point [-]

My currently unfilled requests on /r/scholar:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/29hi38/request_2_dissertations_on_online_learning/ :

  1. Santo, S.A.: "Virtual learning, personality, and learning styles". Dissertation Abstracts International Section A, Humanities & Social Sciences, 62, pp. 137 (2001) (slides: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/proceedings/1999/pdf/99_santo.pdf )
  2. Zobdeh-Asadi, S.: "Differences in personality factors and learners' preference for traditional versus online education". Dissertation Abstract International Section A: Humanities & Social Sciences, 65(2-A), pp. 436 (2004)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/2xlrv5/article_modafinil_the_unique_properties_of_a_new/ :

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/2xpgig/article_is_lithium_a_neuroprotective_agent/ :

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/32z239/can_transcranial_direct_current_stimulation/ :


  • Book chapter: Kantner, J. (2009). "Studying with music: Is the irrelevant speech effect relevant?". In M. R. Kelley (Ed.), Applied memory (pp. 19-40). Hauppauge, NY US: Nova Science Publishers.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/34nsug/article_the_effect_of_music_as_a_distraction_on/ :

https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/352qyo/article_gwas_and_metaanalysis_in_aginglongevity/ :

Comment author: VincentYu 23 May 2015 01:54:44AM 3 points [-]

I'm still waiting for Schretlen et al.

Comment author: VincentYu 06 June 2015 05:13:20AM 2 points [-]

ILL couldn't get Schretlen et al. Can try again once the paper is included in the print journal, but I'd recommend just asking the authors for a copy.

Comment author: VincentYu 16 May 2015 07:45:10AM 2 points [-]

The last one.

I don't think I can get the two dissertations. I'll put in ILL requests for the other papers over the next week.

Comment author: luisacuadillo 11 April 2015 12:23:58AM 1 point [-]

Toward a neurobiology of delusions P.R. Corletta, , , J.R. Taylora, X.-J. Wangb, P.C. Fletcherc, J.H. Krystala

Comment author: gwern 11 April 2015 03:27:11PM 3 points [-]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3676875/ ? First (and only) hit in Google Scholar.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 April 2015 11:31:20AM 1 point [-]

Can anybody send me this paywalled article? Rhizome Growth and Clone Development in Anemone nemorosa L. D. A. SHIRREFFS, A. D. BELL. Annals of Botany Vol. 54, No. 3 (September 1984), pp. 315-324 Thank you!

Comment author: VincentYu 03 April 2015 02:40:58AM 3 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 02 April 2015 05:03:02PM 1 point [-]

That's going to be difficult. It looks like the non-JSTOR databases only go back to 1993 and the usual JSTOR access doesn't cover that journal.

Comment author: [deleted] 02 April 2015 05:15:30PM 1 point [-]

If it is too difficult don't trouble yourself, I'll find something similar instead, but if someone happens to have access, I'd be most grateful.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 08 February 2015 07:23:58AM *  1 point [-]

I'm looking for the following paper:

Carlos Santiago Nino, Some confusions around Kelsen’s concept of validity, Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 357-377.

It's available on Jstor, but although my university subscription usually allows me to download papers from that database, I don't seem to have access to this particular one. If anyone can get it for me, I'd be very grateful.

Comment author: gwern 08 February 2015 04:38:35PM 2 points [-]

Libgen doesn't seem able to get it, and my university proxy can't either; sorry.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 10 February 2015 07:15:15AM 1 point [-]

Thanks anyway. Someone else managed to get me a copy (he contacted me privately).

Comment author: [deleted] 11 January 2015 03:58:19PM 1 point [-]
  • Can cultural norms reduce conflicts? Confucianism and peasant rebellions in Qing China James Kai-sing Kunga, b, Chicheng Mac, Journal of Development Economics, Volume 111, November 2014, Pages 132–149
Comment author: gwern 15 January 2015 01:17:28AM 2 points [-]

FWIW, I don't find their treatment of reverse causality convincing. Adoption of Confucianism as a predictor of peasant revolts is as plausible as their preferred causal arrow, and in some cases makes better sense (eg they seem to think of temples as brainwashing nearby subjects, but AFAIK most temples were not 100% state-funded and rely on contributions... so temples are more plausibly a measure of Confucianism, than a cause of Confucianism; and given how explicit Confucianism is about being a tool of central state propaganda & control, would it be at all surprising if more independent places aren't too keen on it?).

They try to use a measure of 'Confucian sages' a millennium before to deal with this a bit, except that measure is from the same data source as everything else, which was compiled in the 1890s.

Comment author: gwern 11 January 2015 05:39:33PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: [deleted] 11 January 2015 07:00:18PM 2 points [-]

Its the version I've read, trying to see if the latest is different. They also have a version floating around from 2012.

Comment author: gwern 11 January 2015 10:15:33PM 3 points [-]

If you need a specific version, you should say so. If you must have the latest, then you need to specify that so searchers can start with the paywall rather than go for the easiest available version.

In this case, it looks like Libgen has the final version from Elsevier: https://pdf.yt/d/96edLzq8SzpYBSuR / https://www.dropbox.com/s/8w53cqdb354umh5/2014-kung.pdf / http://gen.lib.rus.ec/scimag/get.php?doi=10.1016%2Fj.jdeveco.2014.08.006

Comment author: [deleted] 12 January 2015 02:53:57AM 1 point [-]

I will remember to do so in the future, sorry for the inconvenience!

Comment author: RyanCarey 29 December 2014 09:41:04PM 1 point [-]

Technology Assessment and the Fourth Discontinuity: The Limits of Instrument Rationality by Laurence H Tribe

Comment author: gwern 30 December 2014 04:09:51PM *  3 points [-]

A little tricky but turns out Sci-hub had a proxy which could go through the Hein Online paywall (at least, once you figure out you have to specify the page-range of the article! what the heck):

https://pdf.yt/d/DM3BGcxxfb3x_HKK / https://www.dropbox.com/s/5u266r5ubijz2bi/1972-tribe.pdf / http://sci-hub.org/downloads/baaf/10.0000@heinonline.org@generic-EF457CE69B6D.pdf

Comment author: gwern 30 October 2014 03:23:54AM *  1 point [-]
  • Trowbridge, F.L. "Intellectual assessment in primitive societies, with a preliminary report of a study of the effects of early iodine supplementation on intelligence". In Stanbury, J.B .; Kroc, R.L., Eds. Human development and the thyroid gland. Relation to endemic cretinism, Plenum Press, New York; 137-150; 1972.

I think it might be available elsewhere: http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/4662265 identifies it as being in "Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology [1972, 30:137-149]", which doesn't seem to be this book.

EDIT: no response here, so trying https://www.reddit.com/r/Scholar/comments/2o4e7n/article_intellectual_assessment_in_primitive/

Comment author: VincentYu 20 December 2014 02:29:45AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 18 October 2014 04:02:48PM 1 point [-]

"The construction of the paranormal: Nothing unscientific is happening", Harry M. Collins & Trevor J. Pinch; In Roy Wallis (ed.), On the Margins of Science: The Social Construction of Rejected Knowledge. University of Keele. 27--237 (1979) (linked in http://rationalconspiracy.com/2014/10/10/robin-hanson-on-cold-fusion/ )

Comment author: VincentYu 09 December 2014 09:54:39AM 2 points [-]
Comment author: othercriteria 12 October 2014 06:40:41PM 1 point [-]
Comment author: gwern 12 October 2014 08:13:14PM *  4 points [-]
Comment author: BenjaminFox 06 October 2014 03:23:38PM 1 point [-]

Nico Roos. A logic for reasoning with inconsistent knowledge. Artificial Intelligence Volume 57, Issue 1, September 1992, Pages 69–103.

Comment author: gwern 07 October 2014 04:02:35PM *  2 points [-]
Comment author: hg00 04 September 2014 09:28:08AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: VincentYu 13 September 2014 01:36:23AM 3 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 04 September 2014 04:34:32PM *  3 points [-]
  1. can't get
  2. "Dietary effects on dental diseases", Sheiham 2001: https://pdf.yt/d/g4WYSIyip3yk_pUN / https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/243666993/2001-sheiham.pdf / http://sci-hub.org/downloads/fe10/10.0000@journals.cambridge.org@generic-58FC44B6EAC2.pdf
  3. already available in Pubmed, note the logo in the upper right hand corner marked 'free': http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3272860/
  4. can't get
  5. already available from publisher: http://cro.sagepub.com/content/11/3/366.full.pdf+html (but I've copied over to https://pdf.yt/d/iOK0yPnUkk43qCA7 / https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/243666993/2000-lingstrom.pdf in case it's only temporary)
  6. already available in Pubmed, note the logo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3893787/
Comment author: Morendil 28 August 2014 11:02:03PM 1 point [-]

Haga, William J. "Perils of professionalism." Management Quarterly (1974): 3-10.

Comment author: VincentYu 19 September 2014 01:46:21PM 5 points [-]

Unfortunately, my university library reports that they have exhausted all possible sources and no library was able to supply this paper.

Comment author: Morendil 21 September 2014 04:45:49PM 1 point [-]

Interesting! Thanks for trying.

Comment author: VincentYu 13 September 2014 01:35:50AM 3 points [-]


Comment author: Morendil 17 August 2014 09:33:54AM 1 point [-]

(2011) Costa, AC. and Anderson, NR., Measuring trust in teams: development and validation of a multi-faceted measure of formative and reflexive indicators of team trust, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 20 (1) : 119- 154

or in a pinch

(2003) Costa, AC., Work team trust and effectiveness, Personnel Review 32 (5) : 605- 622

Comment author: VincentYu 19 August 2014 11:01:58AM *  4 points [-]
Comment author: Morendil 28 August 2014 08:36:12PM 1 point [-]

Awesome, thanks!

Comment author: gwern 28 July 2014 02:48:13AM 1 point [-]

2 dissertations on online learning:

  1. Santo, S.A.: "Virtual learning, personality, and learning styles". Dissertation Abstracts International Section A, Humanities & Social Sciences, 62, pp. 137 (2001) (slides: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/proceedings/1999/pdf/99_santo.pdf )
  2. Zobdeh-Asadi, S.: "Differences in personality factors and learners' preference for traditional versus online education". Dissertation Abstract International Section A: Humanities & Social Sciences, 65(2-A), pp. 436 (2004)

(I requested these a month ago on /r/scholar but they apparently couldn't help.)

Comment author: Curiouskid 03 July 2014 02:30:48PM 1 point [-]
Comment author: gwern 03 July 2014 05:06:10PM 3 points [-]
Comment author: Curiouskid 03 July 2014 10:40:23PM *  2 points [-]

Amazing! Can't thank you enough!

Could you also metaphorically "teach me how to fish" and tell me how you found it, please?

Usually, I just use this custom search engine for textbooks, but en.bookfi (the website that usually has the most hits when using the search engine) was down (hopefully not permanently).

Also, could I please put in another request for the following?




Comment author: gwern 04 July 2014 12:16:19AM 2 points [-]

I dunno, I just use what the hardcore pirates mention using for e-books, which currently is Libgen and before that was library.nu.

Comment author: JoshuaFox 09 June 2014 08:27:15AM 1 point [-]

Fox, J. (2014). Intelligence and rationality. PSYCHOLOGIST, 27(3), 143-143. (BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC.)

This popped up on my Google Scholar. Unless I wrote it in my sleep, that's not me, but I am curious.

Comment author: VincentYu 11 June 2014 01:43:42AM 3 points [-]


The article to which this letter is responding to is Stanovich and West (2014).

Comment author: JoshuaFox 11 June 2014 10:17:43AM *  2 points [-]

Thank you! The author, J. Fox, is actually Joshua Fox. I'm starting to wonder if I wrote this in my sleep and should add this to my CV :-)

And he may even have a point.

Comment author: VincentYu 10 June 2014 04:56:43AM 1 point [-]


Comment author: gwern 29 May 2014 07:29:30PM 1 point [-]

"Reversible and Irreversible Decisions: Preference for Consonant Information as a Function of Attractiveness of Decision Alternatives", Pers Soc Psychol Bull December 1981 7: 621-626 http://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=7564911921849567347&hl=en&as_sdt=0,21 http://psp.sagepub.com/content/7/4/621.short

Comment author: chemotaxis101 29 May 2014 07:46:44PM 4 points [-]
Comment author: BGiaccom 15 May 2014 12:40:15AM 1 point [-]

Hello! I would like to know if someon can get 3 papers for me... (Sci-hub couldn't help me...) They are:

WILSON, A. G., 1971, "A family of spatial interaction models, and associated developments" Environment and Planning, 3(1), p. 1–32. http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a030001

BROWN, S., 1992, "The wheel of retail gravitation?" Environment and Planning A, 24(10), p. 1409–1429. http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a241409

HARRIS, B., WILSON, A. G., 1978, "Equilibrium values and dynamics of attractiveness terms in production-constrained spatial-interaction models" Environment and Planning A, 10(4), p. 371–388. http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a100371

Thanks very much!

Comment author: Douglas_Knight 10 June 2014 02:41:03AM 4 points [-]

The journal lets google see them, so the text is in the cache, though not the pdf: 1 2 3

Comment author: MMLee 03 May 2014 01:42:28AM 1 point [-]

I'd like to access the "Users' Guides to the Medical Literature JAMA Series" here: http://guides.library.stonybrook.edu/content.php?pid=194158&sid=1696250

Comment author: gwern 28 April 2014 03:03:36AM *  1 point [-]
Comment author: VincentYu 29 April 2014 03:13:06AM 3 points [-]
Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 31 March 2014 02:16:11AM 1 point [-]

"Can cognitive restructuring reduce the disruption associated with perfectionistic concerns?" http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005789401800514

Comment author: VincentYu 31 March 2014 03:44:01AM 3 points [-]
Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 04 March 2014 01:55:11AM *  1 point [-]

Thank you so much for this.

I'm currently working as a researcher for Will MacAskill, who's writing a book about effective altruism to be published by Penguin in August 2015. I have access to the Oxford library network, but there are occasionally journals that the university is not subscribed to. So I expect to be using this resource regularly in the coming weeks. I shall be posting my requests as replies to this comment.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 26 May 2014 11:31:14AM 1 point [-]

Seymour Drescher, Capitalism and Antislavery: British Mobilization in Comparative Perspective, pp. 67-75.

Comment author: VincentYu 31 May 2014 01:33:48AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 31 May 2014 11:35:42AM 1 point [-]

Thank you!

Comment author: VincentYu 30 May 2014 02:05:34PM 2 points [-]


Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 04 March 2014 01:55:27AM 1 point [-]

Ubel, P. A., DeKay, M. L., Baron, J., & Asch, D. A. (1996). Public preferences for efficiency and racial equity in kidney transplant allocation decisions. Transplantation Proceedings, 28, 2997–3002.

Comment author: VincentYu 06 March 2014 02:08:33AM 5 points [-]
Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 06 March 2014 04:01:18AM 1 point [-]

Thank you. :)

Comment author: VincentYu 04 March 2014 05:58:07AM 1 point [-]

I've requested a scan from my university's medical library.

Comment author: gwern 16 February 2014 01:50:44AM 1 point [-]
Comment author: VincentYu 16 February 2014 07:40:55AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: gwern 15 February 2014 12:47:01AM 1 point [-]

"Modafinil Augmentation Therapy in Unipolar and Bipolar Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24330897 http://article.psychiatrist.com/dao_1-login.asp?ID=10008467&RSID=90129742967317

Comment author: VincentYu 16 February 2014 07:40:06AM 5 points [-]
Comment author: BraydenM 22 January 2014 10:43:50AM 1 point [-]

Can anyone help with this one: Nonsocial Transient Behavior: Social Disengagement on the Greyhound Bus

Comment author: VincentYu 22 January 2014 07:31:00PM 5 points [-]
Comment author: hg00 18 January 2014 07:25:53AM *  1 point [-]

I've been commenting in this thread whenever I see a new way to pirate books or papers. If anyone knows of something that's missing, please consider adding it! Or PM me and I will get around to adding it eventually (if you don't want to use your main account or go to the trouble of making an alt).

Comment author: gwern 18 January 2014 01:15:21AM *  1 point [-]

"Later School Start Time Is Associated with Improved Sleep and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents", Boergers et al 2014 (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)

Comment author: VincentYu 18 January 2014 03:58:35AM 4 points [-]
Comment author: komponisto 17 January 2014 03:59:21AM 1 point [-]

Thank you so much for this! I expect to be making use of it.

Comment author: gwern 31 August 2017 10:06:18PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: gwern 17 August 2017 03:03:15PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: gwern 17 August 2017 03:03:08PM *  0 points [-]

(/r/scholar) EDIT: copy: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ma677apg3jrqwaa/2009-lyons.pdf?dl=0

Comment author: biker19 17 August 2017 04:50:53PM 1 point [-]
Comment author: gwern 17 August 2017 05:54:59PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: gwern 13 August 2017 02:56:10PM *  0 points [-]

Wemmer, C. and K. Scow. 1977. "Communication in the Felidae with emphasis on scent marking and contact patterns". In T. Seboek (ed.), How animals communicate, pp. 749-766. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana. ISBN 9780253328557 (/r/scholar request) EDIT: ordered/

Comment author: username2 07 August 2017 05:43:59PM 0 points [-]

In http://kajsotala.fi/2017/07/how-i-found-fixed-the-root-problem-behind-my-depression-and-anxiety-after-20-years/ Kay Sotala recommened the Steve Andreas book Transforming Your Self. Unfortunately, while the book is listed on lib.gen it's not downloadable and the listed version is listed without page numbers. I would deeply appreciate if someone would upload a working copy.

Comment author: gwern 13 August 2017 03:01:23PM 0 points [-]

It downloads fine from libgen.io for me, and importing into Calibre, it looks like a valid ebook. Not sure what your problem was, but I've copied the EPUB to Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ndoxl0dzepvhjaj/2012-andreas-transformingyourself.epub?dl=0

Comment author: biker19 13 July 2017 11:28:54PM 0 points [-]

Can anyone get this proceedings through ILL from NRC's library and scan it in its entirety?

  • Kyle, C. R., Seay, J. A., & Kyle, J. S. (Eds.). (1994). Proceedings of the fourth international human powered vehicle scientific symposium. Weed, CA: Cycling Research Association. [114 pages]
  • WorldCat record
Comment author: btrettel 19 July 2017 03:09:45PM 0 points [-]

I'll try this in September if no one else does before then. I am away from my university until that time. I'd estimate 25% probability of success if I do request it. This might be one thing you need to look at in person, unfortunately.

If you're unsuccessful, I'll keep that in mind in case I visit any of these libraries. I'm hoping to eventually visit the British Library, as they have several things I'd like which I can not obtain at present.

Comment author: btrettel 11 June 2017 12:21:10PM *  0 points [-]
  • Citation: Богданович И. И. Влияние подготовки топлива в форсунке на тонкость распыла. Дисс. канд. техн.наук. М., 1948, 136 с. (Bogdanovich I. I. Influence of fuel preparation in the nozzle on the spray fineness. Diss. cand. Technical Sciences. Moscow, 1948, 136 pp.)

  • library URL: http://search.rsl.ru/en/record/01000176055

Old Russian dissertation. As far as I can tell, this is only available at the Russian State Library. If anyone could visit that library and scan the dissertation, I'd be appreciative.

I'd be more than willing to fulfill a similar request of anyone who could visit this library and get a good quality scan.

What I have tried: Google, Worldcat, Libgen, and other search engines have not returned this dissertation. My university interlibrary loan office participates in a special program to obtain foreign dissertations (usually on microfilm). They were unable to get a copy of this. I have also tried purchasing this dissertation on disserCat, but there is no scan of the dissertation available at present, so it is not for sale. I also emailed another Russian website which claimed to be able to sell the dissertation, but I never received a reply.

See also:

Comment author: btrettel 04 July 2017 01:26:34AM 1 point [-]

Got this from a website that sells copies of Russian dissertations.

I definitely pulled out all the stops on this dissertation, and learned a fair amount in the process. If you're not living in Russia, and looking for a Russian dissertation, I would be a good person to contact. I can't get you the dissertation but I can put you in contact with people who can.

Comment author: btrettel 24 May 2017 04:11:55AM 0 points [-]

R. D. Monson, "Experimental studies of cylindrical and sheet jets with and without forced nozzle vibrations" M.S. thesis, Dept. of Mech. Engr., Univ. of Calif., Davis (December 1980).

UC Davis refuses to loan this for unknown reasons. What I find odd is that it has already been digitized. UC Davis students might be able to download it here. Let me know if you can download it.

Comment author: btrettel 11 June 2017 12:15:53PM 1 point [-]

The author was kind enough to scan their thesis and email me a copy.

Comment author: btrettel 25 May 2017 02:51:43PM 0 points [-]

r/UCDavis has confirmed that this can't be downloaded from HathiTrust if you are a UCD student. Someone there pointed out a copy at UC Berkeley that might be obtainable. Trying that now.

Comment author: biker19 04 May 2017 03:13:00PM *  0 points [-]

These are some extremely rare books. The first two are only available at a few European libraries. I'm not sure if they are interlibrary loanable. No idea about the third one. I am willing to pay anyone who can provide me with high quality scans.

  • Schmitz, A. (2000). Human power: The forgotten energy. Coventry: Hadland Books. [127 pages]
  • ISBN-10: 0953617416; ISBN-13: 9780953617418
  • WorldCat record; Amazon link

  • Schmitz, A. (2010). Cyclists cycling cycles & cycle parts: An anthology of writings and research. Coventry: Hadland Books. [159 pages]
  • ISBN-10: 0953617440; ISBN-13: 9780953617449
  • WorldCat record; Amazon link

  • Bugg, R. D., & Pinkerton, J. E. N. (2014). Diamonds weren't for ever: An A to Z of unusual cycle frames. Birmingham: The Pinkerton Press. [200 pages]
  • ISBN-13: 9780957687202
  • This is the only link I could find; No WorldCat entry

  • Moulton, A. (2009). Alex Moulton: From Bristol to Bradford-on-Avon – a lifetime in engineering. Derby: Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust. [320 pages]
  • ISBN-10: 1872922392; ISBN-13: 9781872922393
  • WorldCat record; Amazon link
Comment author: btrettel 24 May 2017 03:07:41PM 0 points [-]

None of these are at the Library of Congress, unfortunately. Frequently their catalog includes books not listed on WorldCat. I'm away from my university for the summer, so there's no way I can do an interlibrary loan right now.

Comment author: biker19 06 April 2017 11:07:00AM 0 points [-]

Is anyone still active here?

Comment author: Elo 06 April 2017 11:56:12AM 0 points [-]

On lesswrong.com yes, on the topic of papers - library genesis and Sci hub might be of use to you. Also recently unpaywall.

Comment author: RyanCarey 09 December 2016 01:57:38AM 0 points [-]

Thiel, Peter. “The Straussian Moment.” Politics and Apocalypse, Edited by Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Michigan State University Press, 2007, pp. 189–218, www.jstor.org/stable/10.14321/j.ctt7zt6qq.9

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Comment author: VincentYu 08 December 2016 07:51:28AM 0 points [-]

I haven't been around for a while, but I expect to start fulfilling the backlog of requests after Christmas. Sorry for the long wait.

Comment author: RyanCarey 11 November 2016 05:38:02PM 0 points [-]

Functional Human Oocytes Generated by Transfer of Polar Body Genomes by Hong Ma Ryan C. O’Neil Shoukhrat Mitalipov?

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Comment author: gwern 26 September 2016 05:49:54PM 0 points [-]

Harney JW, Leary JD, Barofsky IB. "Behavioral activity of catnip and its constituents: nepetalic acid and nepetalactone", Fed Proc 1974; 33: 481 (/r/scholar)

Comment author: gwern 26 September 2016 05:49:29PM *  0 points [-]

Behrman et al 1977, "Controlling for and measuring the effects of genetic and family environment in equations for schooling and labour market success", In Kinometrics, ed. P. Taubman. North Holland: Amsterdam (/r/scholar) EDIT: I've ordered a used copy of Kinometrics to scan. EDITEDIT: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6xS2SGLSIsPVUpfVG1ZTmlmbzg/view?usp=sharing https://www.dropbox.com/s/q31qgd4qs8l0252/1977-taubman-kinometricsdeterminantssocioeconomicsuccesswithinbetweenfamilies.djvu?dl=0

Comment author: gwern 31 August 2016 02:51:36AM *  0 points [-]
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(/r/scholar didn't help with those two)

  • ~~~DeFries, J., Olson, R., Pennington, R., & Smith, S. 1991. "Colorado Reading Project: An update". In D. Duane & D. Gray Eds, The reading brain: The biological basis of dyslexia pp. 53±87). Parkton, MD: York Press. (/r/scholar)~~~ EDIT: ordered used copy
  • c̶h̶2̶6̶-̶2̶7̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶̶G̶e̶n̶e̶t̶i̶c̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶A̶n̶a̶l̶y̶s̶i̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶Q̶u̶a̶n̶t̶i̶t̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶T̶r̶a̶i̶t̶s̶̶,̶ ̶L̶y̶n̶c̶h̶ ̶&̶ ̶W̶a̶l̶s̶h̶ ̶1̶9̶9̶8̶ ̶(̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶l̶e̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶k̶,̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶c̶h̶2̶7̶,̶ ̶"̶R̶E̶M̶L̶ ̶e̶s̶t̶i̶m̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶g̶e̶n̶e̶t̶i̶c̶ ̶v̶a̶r̶i̶a̶n̶c̶e̶s̶"̶;̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶[̶G̶C̶T̶A̶]̶(̶h̶t̶t̶p̶:̶/̶/̶e̶n̶.̶w̶i̶k̶i̶p̶e̶d̶i̶a̶.̶o̶r̶g̶/̶w̶i̶k̶i̶/̶G̶C̶T̶A̶)̶.̶)̶ ̶(̶[̶/̶r̶/̶s̶c̶h̶o̶l̶a̶r̶]̶(̶h̶t̶t̶p̶s̶:̶/̶/̶w̶w̶w̶.̶r̶e̶d̶d̶i̶t̶.̶c̶o̶m̶/̶r̶/̶S̶c̶h̶o̶l̶a̶r̶/̶c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶s̶/̶4̶l̶d̶4̶e̶m̶/̶b̶o̶o̶k̶̶c̶h̶a̶p̶t̶e̶r̶̶c̶h̶2̶6̶2̶7̶̶o̶f̶̶g̶e̶n̶e̶t̶i̶c̶s̶̶a̶n̶d̶̶a̶n̶a̶l̶y̶s̶i̶s̶_̶o̶f̶/̶)̶)̶ EDIT: bought a used copy
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Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 08 March 2016 04:58:51PM 0 points [-]

Landes, Joan B., The Public and the Private Sphere: A Feminist Reconsideration, in Joan B. Landes (ed.), Feminism, the Public and the Private, New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, ch. 5.

Comment author: gwern 08 March 2016 05:40:22PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 08 March 2016 07:26:12PM 0 points [-]

Ah, I thought I had searched Libgen but it seems I didn't. Thanks!