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Open access scholarly resources

Guidance for alumni, prospective doctoral students, and anyone else looking to access scholarly material without a full academic library subscription.

Finding open access ebooks

More and more open-access books are being published every day. Unlike scholarly articles, however, ebooks and digital books can be hard to find through Google Scholar. You may need to search in specific databases to find open ebooks relevant to your research. 

The OAPEN Library provides a good place to start. This is a not-for-profit site dedicated to hosting and disseminating open access, peer-reviewed books. It contains over 40,000 academic books from 608 publishers, all findable through a comprehensive search interface.

For other open access eBook suggestions, visit our Ebook Guide.

Finding open access journals

Occasionally, you may want to search for journals in your field that are entirely or predominantly open access. You can do this through the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ maintains a searchable index of over 16,000 open-access journals from around the world, covering a wide range of subjects.

However, it does not provide full-text article access. The best way to find open-access scholarly articles is to run a search on Google Scholar in conjunction with an open-access browser extension such as unPaywall or Lean Library Open. (Learn more here.)

Find the open access in RRU Library collection

Run your search in Discovery and use the 'Open Access' filter on the left side of your results to only show you open access publications.