Use this page to learn about Open Access (OA) principles and practices, and ways to find OA content.
"By 'open access' to... literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them from indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."
This video from the John M. Pfau Library gives an overview of open access versus traditional academic publishing models.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (or DOAJ) is a popular database for searching for open access content. This tutorial will guide you through a basic search using DOAJ, so that you can become familiar with its essential features. Click on the link below to get started!