- Academia.edu. This website doesn't require you to be a member of any organisation - you can sign up as an 'independent researcher'. Once in, you can use the search bar to search for any papers or topics that interest you. You will find lots of papers to download.
Cecil Patterson, a counsellor, wrote many articles on counselling, including on the person-centered approach. The website isn’t in the best format but there are many papers downloadable.
Elements has a small database of both person-centered and general counselling articles
Universities often have repositories. If you find a paper on PCEP for example that you can’t access, you can look up the university that the author is based at, and see if they have a repository
Strathclyde – Mick Cooper, Robert Elliott and Beth Friere are all based here – just put their names in.
Open University has a similar repository with over 50 articles on counselling
Centre for studies of the person: Carl Rogers’ memorial library. This includes not just many papers by Rogers, but also papers from Maureen O’Hara and other person-centered people.
ADPCA has a library for articles about the person-centered approach.
ADPCA also has back issues of its journal available
Peter Schmid has a list of his papers available online.
Gendlin’s website has a focusing library with many articles on.
Creative edge focusing articles database.
Focusing therapy’s articles
Linking your google account to your institution
If you have a google account and are a student in UK higher education, rather than doing a google scholar search for papers and then searching your university search engine for papers, it is possible to link the two so that hits that come up in google can be accessed via your university info straight away with no separate search.
To link your accounts:
Go to scholar.google.com and make sure you are logged in.
Click the cog at the top that says 'settings'
On the left click 'library links'
Type the name of your institution (or affiliated institution)
Now when you search, you will see additional links to some papers on the right. When you click them, you will probably be asked to log in with your normal university name and password, and the papers should then come up.
Don't be afraid of using university repositories. Academics often put 'post print' versions of their papers in their university repository and these are referenced in the same way as the printed version. For an example, have a look at Open University's repository or many of Mick Cooper's papers (listed below) are from his repository.
Finally, as long is the author is still alive, if you see a citation for a paper you'd really like to read but can't find online, don't be afraid to email the author and ask for a copy. Authors want their work to be read and are generally happy to share. The worst response you will usually get is no response. I recently emailed an author for a copy of their paper that was on my essential reading list, and they came back with that, and another paper that they felt I might find interesting (i did!).