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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge and with minimal copyright and licensing restriction. Western Libraries fully supports the open access movement and encourages researchers to investigate open access publications as possible venues for their work.

For more information on Open Access, take a look at Peter Suber's book, "Open Access". 
Download as a free e-book or get it in print


Use the tools below to search for Open Access Repositories, Journals, or Books. Use Sherpa Romeo and Juliet for information on publisher copyright policies, and funder open access requirements respectively.

Directories for Open Access Resources

Directories for Publisher and Funder Policy Information

OA Advocacy Groups