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Some of our best open access resources.

Open access articles

There are many ways to access content that has been made available either through the Green or Gold open access routes.

For content published in open access, you can go directly to the journal or publisher’s website, for example PLoS ONE offers a search function for all its published content.

The Directory of Open Access Journals provides article level search for over 6700 open access journals in all fields.

Aggregators like BASE and Google Scholar provide access to a mix of green and gold OA content from publishers, repositories, and websites.

You can often find the latest research in different fields by searching a subject repository like ArXivPubMed CentralSocArXiv, and many other subject repositories, where researchers will post their pre-prints and finished articles.

Tools like oaDOIDOAI, and the Open Access Button are designed to help you find a free version of paywalled articles. These work by using the DOI, a unique identifier for the article, or the URL of the article, to locate a version posted in subject or institutional repositories.

Open access books

OApen Library
The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
Directory of academic peer-reviewed books in Open Access.

University of Ottawa Press
The University of Ottawa Press' (UOP) open access collection supports free and unrestricted access to scholarly research.

Open data

Open educational resources

Visit the Open Educational Resources section of the Library's website to learn more about OERs. 

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