Open Access Resources

The following are links to selected 'open access' web sites, resources, publications, and more:      Videos
  • Academic Earth - Providing open access to a range of free online courses and resources related to history, the humanities and more.
  • Bentham Open Access - Over 230 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all major disciplines of science, technology, and more.
  • Community College 'Open' Textbooks - Peer reviewed free and open textbooks for use in community college courses.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Encyclopedia of Life - Providing free and 'open access' to knowledge about life on Earth.
  • Europeana - Providing open access to digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
  • Google Books - Search and preview millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide. Also, check out Google History Events.
  • Library of Congress - Recognized as the national library of the U.S. Its collections comprise the world's most comprehensive record of American history, human creativity, and knowledge.
  • National Archives - Safeguarding, preserving, and providing access to  the major documents and records of U.S. Government.
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • OpenGLAM - Free tools, projects, & digitized cultural heritage resources held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM).
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • Project Gutenburg - Offering over 33,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded.
  • Versita Open - One of the world’s leading Open Access platforms, hosting full texts of nearly 200 scholarly journals.
  • WikiMedia Commons - An online repository of freely licensed, sharable educational photos and images available on the internet.
  • World Digital Library - Providing free and open access to historical texts from around the world, coordinated by the Library of Congress & UNESCO.

'Open Access' Organizations

The 'Open Access' movement — which campaigns for free scholarly information via the Internet — has welcomed a website that aims to be the first port of call for checking the status of open access around the world. The Global Open Access Portal, launched last month by UNESCO, will provide policymakers with information on the global open access outlook.

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