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Open Access

This guide provides basic information about using and producing open access scholarship for students and faculty.

Where can I find open access content?

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A variety of resources exist for locating open access content. OA articles can be located in specific OA journals or alongside subscription-based articles. Open access journals are often marked by the orange open access icon.  

Find Specific Open Access Resources

Below are a few useful works on open access available in Gumberg’s collection. Find more resources on Gumberg’s Open Access Resources Guide.

Disciplinary OA Databases

PubMed – A free, free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Applied Math and Science Education Repsitory - AMSER is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.

Legal Information Institute - Provide free public access to the U.S. constitution and codes, as well as Supreme Court, federal and state decisions. The world legal materials of the LII also gather the constitutions, statues, judicial opinions around the globe.

Open Folklore - Open Folklore is devoted to increasing the number of useful resources, published and unpublished, available in open access form for folklore studies and the communities with which folklorists partner.


Use the Open Access Button to Locate Content

Open Access Button          

If you come across an article you would like to read that is behind a paywall, you can use the OA button to determine if the content exists elsewhere for free. You can install this tool as a browser extension or use it in your web browser.

Use the Open Access Button