What is Open Access?
Open Access to information is the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.
How does this affect authors?
Check out our updated and revised Author's Rights brochure, which can be downloaded in PDF format.
How does this affect students?
Information on open access specific to undergraduates can be found at the Right to Research site.
How does this affect the library?
Without Open Access we wouldn't be able to obtain articles from any of these great databases:
Open Access resources which appear in our Databases A to Z list
- Hosted by Cornell University.
- Includes open access to 707,446 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, and Statistics.
- The Directory of Open Access Books is a service of OAPEN Foundation. The OAPEN Foundation is an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.
- DOAB contains more than 1,000 academic peer-reviewed books from more than two dozen publishers.
- Currently includes 7,148 journal titles.
- Covers all open access scientific and scholarly journals.
- Journals must be peer reviewed or have editorial quality control.
- All content is free and full text, and none have embargo periods.
- Specific information listed under each title includes publication fees (if any), subject headings, keywords, publisher, ISSN(s), start date, language, license information (if any), and archiving information (if any).
- PQDT Open provides full text (PDF) of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. The authors of these theses and dissertations have opted to publish under the open access model.
- FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. You can search for documents and publications, browse for documents and publications (by collection, Congressional, committee and date), access metadata about documents and publications (in standard XML formats), and download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats.
- In 2011, the National Academies Press made the vast majority of it's books available for free in PDF format on their website. These e-books include reports published by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Subject areas include science, engineering, and health. You will be asked to create a free account on the site at the time of your first download.
- A growing catalog of full-text electronic dissertations from a variety of participating institutions, including MIT, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, OhioLINK, and numerous European institutions.
- The freely accessible interface to the MEDLINE bibliographic database. Many citations connect to full-text.