Finding information using open access resources

Academic literature is increasingly available through open access. To understand more about the debate around open access to research and other academic literature, watch the video Open Access Explained

Open access resources are increasingly available. Major access points are

AGORA Global Online Research in Agriculture covers mathematics, computer sciencenonlinear sciencesquantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.

Directory of open access journals offers free online access to good quality journals.

E-journals links to e journals available world wide.

JournalTOCs: collection of scholarly tables of contents (TOCs). Enables to follow journals of interest.

Jurn a search engine that allows to search for free academic articles, chapters and theses.

Library genesis Another pirate library.

MetaBUS (, a search engine containing more than a million quantitative findings across 25 years of research and 20-plus journals related to the fields of management.

OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of records of open access resources.

OECD iLibrary, a cross-searchable online ‘library’ containing over 5000 e-books, 5000 MS Excel™ tables, 400 statistical datasets and 2500 working papers

Open Access Button offers ‘instant, legal access to research – and request research that isn’t available’

SCI-HUB : referred to as a pirate library that provides access to tens of millions of research papers. To use it enter the URL of the paper you want to access.

Trove provides access to resources at the National Library of Australia, including theses.

Universities research repositories: increasingly universities make available research papers developed by their own staff. It is worth searching universities’ repositories if you are looking for specific papers.

Unpaywal, a platform released in April 2017, and provided by Impactstory, a nonprofit organisation aimed at making science more open and reusable. It offers legal access to research.

Worldcat a network of libraries – can be useful if you are trying to physically locate a publication.

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