The following research paper was presented at ACRL 2015 in Portland.
Carolyn Caffrey Gardner
University of Southern California
Gabriel J. Gardner
California State University, Long Beach
ALA/ACRL Web Site
From the Introduction
Twitter is also used to facilitate access to scholarly articles that would otherwise be denied to users behind a paywall or obtained using interlibrary loan. Like peer-to-peer sharing in the music industry, this peer-to-peer access to scholarly material is ethically dubious, and may run afoul of copyright laws, but it is easy to accomplish. The Twitter user simply appends the metadata label, or “hashtag”, #icanhazPDF in thetweet rendering it discoverable through traditional linking and search functions.
This peer-to-peer access, while ethically dubious, is coordinated by the use of the Twitter hashtag #icanhazPDF.
The hashtag is included as a tag in the tweet, which renders it discoverable through traditional linking and search functions.
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