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Open Access Resources

Open Access Resources Guide - Locate freely available, digital, information.

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Welcome to the Library Guide for Open Access Resources.

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What is Open Access?

Open Access Resources, or OARs, refers to freely available, digital, information. Open access scholarly literature is freely available online but, like all intellectual property, it still carries restrictive copyright and licensing barriers, albeit less restrictive than for profit or traditionally published works. Scholarly OARs, such as open access journals, comply with the well-established, peer-review processes, and rigorous publishing standards.

For more information, please see Peter Suber's "Open Access Overview: Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their prepints."

Watch a previously recorded webinar for "Research Beyond the Library: Open Access Resources, Open Educational Resources and Alternative Search Tools" with NU Librarians Taylor Duncan and Marisha Kelly. Access the presentation slides and review related resources.

Open Access Explained

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.