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Open Access and Depositing your Research: Finding Open Access material

Finding Open Access pdfs

          Database of millions of author-uploaded research pdfs. FAQs


Finding Creative Commons works

The Creative Commons website has a search engine that searches the Web for Creative Commons works, and Google (under its Advanced Search facility) has an option to search for materials that use Creative Commons.  Select usage rights and from drop down menu:  free to share or modify, even commercially.

Finding Open Access material

  • arXiv
    Open access to over 1 million e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
  • Biomed Central
    BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 291 peer-reviewed open access journals
  • CORE
    The mission of CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide      and make them available to the public.
  • DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
    The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access provided that the book is available under an Open Access license (such as a Creative Commons license) and has been subjected to independent and external peer review prior to  publication.
  • Europe PMC
    offers free access to biomedical literature resources including:
    • 30 million + abstracts including over 25 million from PubMed
    • Europe PMC full text articles
    • Patent abstracts
    • National Health Service (NHS) clinical guidelines
    • Agricola records
    • Supplemented with Chinese Biological Abstracts
  • PLOS
    (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading  a transformation in research communication
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may  include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.