Pouring academic publications online has not meant that researchers can find them. There's too much out there, and it's too poorly indexed.
THE SOURCES: “Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship” by James A. Evans, in Science, July 18, 2008, and “Open Access Publishing, Article Downloads, and Citations: Randomised Controlled Trial” by Philip M. Davis, Bruce V. Lewenstein, Daniel H. Simon, James G. Booth, and Mathew J. L. Connolly, in BMJ, Aug. 9, 2008.
The arrival of the Internet ushered in a rapid expansion of library holdings everywhere. Readers suddenly had access not only to what rested on the shelves, but also to countless books and journals from...