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Resources After College --Open Sources l: Home

This guide will point to sources of books, journal articles and websites that are scholarly but free and although they may need a sign-in they do not require a student or member ID.


Open Access
“By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited”. (BOAI, 2002).

 Read more about the Budapest Open Access Initiative and the Declaration

Open access journals

  • Are fully peer reviewed.

  • Are immediately free to access and download from ScienceDirect.

  • Permitted re-use defined by the author's choice of Creative Commons user licenses.

  • Published with CrossMark® to maintain the publication record.


Open access journals

  • Are fully peer-reviewed.

  • Are immediately free to access and download.

  • Permitted re-use defined by the author's choice of Creative Commons user licenses.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. From the reuser’s perspective, the presence of a Creative Commons license on a copyrighted work answers the question, “What can I do with this work?” 

Read more about Creative Commons licenses.


benefits of open access

Reference and Instructional Librarian

Evergreen Valley College