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Open Resources

This guide provides you information on finding, creating, and sharing open resources.

Using the Library General Search

Summon currently indexes more than 200 million open access items, including articles, books, thesis, technical reports, images, and more.  These items are made accessible in a variety of ways, including as full text resources (e.g. pdf, image, etc.) or through the descriptive metadata allowing you to find the full resource in open access repositories. 

On the Library homepage search using Summon (General), and limit your results to openly accessible content using the “Refine Your Search” filter for “Open Access”.  

Additional Sources



  • Public Library of Science (PLoS): Publishes a range of open access science journals and other scientific literature. Subject areas include biology, medicine, clinical trials and genetics.

  • BioMed Central: Search open access biomedicine journals.

  • PubMed Central (PMC) Open-Access Subset: Search within journals marked with the OA symbol in the "Free Access" column for freely available articles.

  • Contains e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

Social Sciences & Humanities