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Open Access and OER: Home
An introduction to the world of Open Access, free information resources like e-books, e-textbooks, and e-journals.
The library’s online catalog contains information about the books, e-books, music scores, videos (both DVD and VHS), and sound recordings that the library owns. The catalog also contains detailed information about the print journal and magazine titles that the library owns, but it does not contain citations for individual articles. For more help in using the catalog, ask a librarian, review our FAQs.
"Open Access" (OA) is the practice of making research and writing free over the Internet. Authors, peer reviewers, scholarly societies and even commercial publishers participate.
The international movement began in the 1990s and grows stronger every year, as more researchers place their writing in journals and books available to the public for free. Open Access Overview by Peter Suber, Earlham College (and his Very Brief Introduction).
Librarians are major supporters of Open Access. We no longer have to use university dollars to purchase back research done by our own university's researchers published in commercial journals. The Association of Research Libraries created the SPARC organization to promote Open Access.
An oaDOI link is like a DOI, with a useful difference: if there's an open access version of the article, the oaDOI URL will send you there, instead of the paywalled article landing page. Inspired by DOAI. It improves on their coverage, and offers an API with license information and other details.