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Open Access

This guide prepared by StFX Librarians Lise Brin, Rita Campbell, Kathleen MacKenzie and Glenna Quinn

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

-- from A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Open Access Factsheets

Sources for information about questionable OA publishers

As in any business there are quality Open Access publishers and those with questionable motives and/or quality. Some sources to consider:

Sources of Open Access Content

Open Access Journals

Open Access Textbooks / Books

Open Courseware

Open Access Repositories

Open Access Theses


This is not an exhaustive list.  Always check the copyright and permissions conditions before using material from any of the sites.