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Open Access & Scholarly Communication: Open Access

Open Access

Open Access

"Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licenisng restricitons.  What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."  From Peter Suber, A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access

Open Access Directory

Authoritative Directory of Open Access Repositories.  Lets you search for repositories or serarch repository content.

Digital Commons Network
Explore 650,000+ works from 275 institutions -- Including Roger Williams University.

OAISTER is a union catalog providing metadata records and links to digital resources from open archive collections including born-digital texts, audio and video files, images, datasets, theses, conference reports, research reports and technical reports. 

CHORUS: Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States



Creative Commons

NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication

Open Access

Free, Unrestricted, Online Access - Watch this video from SPARC to learn more about how Open Access works.

Open Access Journal and Data Collections

Digital Public Library of America

"A portal for students, teachers, and scholars bringing together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums.  Searchable and freely available.


Open Access Books

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
Increases the discoverability of academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access.

Project Gutenberg
Download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.

Open Library
A project of the Internet Archive.

Google Books


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