Answered By: Bri
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2023     Views: 6

How do I find Open Access Resources outside of the Library?

1. How do I find open access articles and books outside of the library? 

Use a Browser extension

You can download the browser extension, Open Access Button, Unpaywall, or CORE. These extensions check to see if there is a free, open access version available of articles locked behind paywalls. If the article isn’t available, they will send a message to the author(s) requesting them to make it open access. 

To use these browser extensions, simply download them to your computer browser, and click on the open access button to see if the article is available free somewhere else. 


Search the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is an online digital library that provides free access to its collection of websites, software, books, videos, and other resources available to search. 


Find alternative versions on Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly literature that searches by relevance. You can use the options on the left sidebar to further filter results by date and type. Beneath an article’s title there may be an option to click “All Versions” to find open access versions of the article. 


Use Open Access Search Engines and Digital Collections

There are specific repositories and search engines dedicated to Open Access resources. Check out:


2. How do I find open access books beyond the library? 

The Directory of Open Access books (DOAB) is a searchable index of free scholarly, peer-reviewed books, with links to the full text. It can also be used to find a trustworthy publisher to publish an open access book and provide guidelines on the process.

Users can use the search bar to search all fields, or use the advanced search filters for more specific queries.

Users can use the browse feature to look through several books that are related in some way: subject, publisher, language, or collections.