Many an hour has been spent by a student or academic on research. Many an hour has ALSO been spent on such sites as Wikipedia, although said students and academics will never admit to have been anywhere near them in their research. However there is slowly becoming a better option online – Open Access articles. Articles with free open access (see, it’s in the name!) to anyone who has the ability to go online. This kind of Open Scholarship is good for academics everywhere, as well as the public. The Atlantic has more to say on the subject.