Can't access a research article? Here's what you should do.

Give science away.

This is what a cognitive scientist told me more than a decade ago and it still rings true: "As scientists, it's our responsibility to give science away."

And this is why exists. To give away the science of learning, empower educators, and transform classrooms by unleashing evidence-based strategies.

But science isn't always accessible. What can you do? Read below for a quick tip to access research and download new templates and resources from the book Powerful Teaching.

The science of learning has been under lock and key. Until now.

P.S. We'll be unleashing the science of learning in Chicago on July 26! Will you join us?


How to Access Paywalled Research Articles


Found a fascinating research article, but having trouble accessing it?

Here's a quick and easy way to access research articles when you hit a pesky paywall. Try it out, share it with teachers, and tell your students, too!

  1. Copy the title of the article you want to read

  2. Paste it into

  3. Click on the PDF link on the right side of the page

Voila! This can take a little practice, but soon, you'll be a Google Scholar pro.

Here's an example from a brand new research study on interleaving:

Doug Rohrer and colleagues (authors of our Interleaving Guide) just published a new study demonstrating large benefits of interleaving on mathematics learning for nearly 800 7th grade students across Florida. Wow!

Here's the abstract from the Journal of Ed. Psychology. The article costs $12.

Here are the Google Scholar results when you search for the article title.

Click on the [PDF] link on the right and voila!

This isn't guaranteed to work, but it comes in handy most of the time. If it doesn't work, search "regular" Google for the title and you might happen upon a blog post or news article summarizing the research.

Still can’t access a research article on Google Scholar?

  1. Google the authors and find their lab website. Many scientists have their publications available for download on their website.

  2. Email the first author of the publication and ask for the research article. They’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

  3. Get in touch with your local library. They’re there to help!

Lucky for us, Andrew Watson at Learning & the Brain wrote a detailed blog post all about the new study on interleaving!

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Download NEW Templates from Powerful Teaching


In Powerful Teaching, we're dedicated to giving science away. That's why we have brand new, free templates available for download!

  • Create essential questions for lesson plans

  • Create your own Retrieval Cards (our take on flashcards)

  • Create your own Retrieval Guides (our take on study guides)

  • Create your own Power Tickets

  • Support students with the Four Steps of Metacognition

  • Share figures from the book with teachers and students

Read excerpts from Powerful Teaching, join our book club on Facebook (now with more than 300 teachers!), follow #powerfulteaching on Twitter, download our free templates, and unleash learning in your classroom!