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AIP Publishing is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Our portfolio comprises highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals, including a growing portfolio of Open Access titles, that cover all areas of the physical sciences.
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Welcome to the award-winning membership magazine of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
The museum is pleased to offer free access to the digital edition of American Indian magazine as well as a digitized archive. You can read the latest edition of the magazine by clicking Current Issue in the main menu.
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Explore our extensive collection of open access books and journals here. Search by title, keyword, or scholarly discipline to find the latest research in your field.
All our open access content is free, and available to everyone upon publication.
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Open textbooks are available digitally, accessed online or through shareable formats, to be freely used by anyone: students, instructors, librarians, and members of the public. In general, they can be modified, printed, shared, retained, remixed, and reused. If the work has been released with a Creative Commons – or other open-copyright – licence, the user must adhere to that licence’s legal requirements.
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Bentham Science is a science, technology, and medical publisher, providing academic researchers and industrial professionals with the latest information in diverse fields of science and technology. Our peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books have an ever-increasing readership of millions of researchers worldwide.
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BioOne Complete is a database of more than 200 subscribed and open-access titles in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
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All Bloomsbury open access books can be downloaded free of charge from Bloomsbury Collections by anyone with an internet connection. You can download a PDF of the whole book, as well as individual chapter PDFs, and you may share these PDFs with others.
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Cambridge University Press publishes a wide range of research monographs, academic reference, textbooks, books for professionals, and large numbers of books aimed at graduate students. We publish more than 40,000 ebooks for the global market, with 1,500 new titles added on average each year alongside our print publications.
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For Open Access - Before you search
1. Click on Access: unfiltered
2. Select Open Access
3. Conduct your search
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Canada Commons is used by all kinds of libraries - academic, corporate, government, legal and public. It brings rare, hard-to-find content from Canada that’s relevant to a wide range of studies including sociology, anthropology, business and economics.
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For our member organizations and the diverse communities they serve, CRKN empowers researchers, educators, and society with greater access to the world’s research and Canada’s preserved documentary heritage, now and for future generations.
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Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
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DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.
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eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit centre of excellence and global leader in the evolution of teaching and learning through technology.
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Edinburgh Diamond, a service provided by Edinburgh University Library, uses Open Monograph Press (OMP) and Open Journal Systems (OJS) to provide a hosting service for Diamond Open Access books and journals published by University of Edinburgh academic staff and student groups.
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Working alongside COPPUL and the University of Saskatchewan, we are providing research content access to a selection of Indigenous post-secondary institutions and communities. Search over 120 journals, books and case studies across business, management, economics, engineering, computing, technology and social sciences.

To search for material UCN subscribes to:
Click the Advanced Search option.
From there click on the drop down menu under Access type and select 'Only content I have access to'
All other material may be subject to a rental fee.
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Welcome. We are the Britannica Group, worldwide leaders in education, knowledge, and information for more than 250 years. Under our Encyclopædia Britannica and Merriam-Webster imprimaturs, we provide people all over the world — students, teachers, researchers, and casual learners — with reliable, lively, and relevant school curricula, and trustworthy information on subjects ranging from language and science, history and the arts, and much more.
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Frontiers is a leading Open Access Publisher and Open Science Platform.
Our journals are led and peer-reviewed by editorial boards of over 100,000 top researchers. Covering more than 900 academic disciplines, we are one of the largest and highest-cited publishers in the world. To date, our freely accessible research articles have received over 1 billion views and downloads and 1.6 million citations.
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hoopla partners with libraries across the United States and Canada to provide online and mobile access to eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV. With hoopla and a valid library card, patrons can borrow, instantly stream, and download dynamic content via hoopla’s mobile app or www.hoopladigital.com. All you need to get started is your library card and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet.
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For Open Access - Before you search
1. Next to 'Show', select OA
2. Conduct your search
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The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, people with print disabilities, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
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IOPscience is an online service for journal content published by IOP Publishing. IOPscience embraces innovative technologies to make it easier for researchers to access scientific, technical and medical content.
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IOPscience is an online service for journal content published by IOP Publishing. IOPscience embraces innovative technologies to make it easier for researchers to access scientific, technical and medical content. Fully open access journals make all published articles immediately free to read and reuse without any subscription charges or access fees.
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The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.
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Journals published by MDPI are fully open access: research articles, reviews or any other content on this platform is available to everyone free of charge. To be able to provide open access journals, we finance publication through article processing charges (APC); these are usually covered by the authors' institutes or research funding bodies.
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For free materials:
1. Locate Cost Involved drop down menu
2. Select No
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The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community.
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Key subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences.
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Welcome to MLA Handbook Plus, the Modern Language Association’s subscription-based digital resource. Now students and instructors can get online access to the brand-new ninth edition of the MLA Handbook through their school’s library.
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The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.
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OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
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Open Access Journals accommodates a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary journals that focus on a wide range of fields within the clinical and medical sciences, apart including the scientific developments from Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences.
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OA Text is an independent open-access scientific publisher showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health by linking research and practice to the benefit of society. It is committed to providing a 'peer reviewed' platform to outstanding researchers and scientists to exhibit their findings. It publishes original research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and thought-provoking editorials.
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OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 6,234,995 theses and dissertations.
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Open Book Publishers, founded in 2008, is already the biggest independent open access academic publisher of monographs in the UK and amongst the leaders in the English-speaking world.
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OHP is an international community of scholars, editors and readers with a focus on critical and cultural theory. We have operated as a independent volunteer initiative since 2006, promoting open access scholarship in journals, books and exploring new forms of scholarly communication.
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The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.
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The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.
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Welcome to AMS Open Math Notes, a repository of freely downloadable mathematical works hosted by the American Mathematical Society as a service to researchers, faculty and students.
Visitors are encouraged to download and use any of these materials as teaching and research aids, and to send constructive comments and suggestions to the authors.
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The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 14,000 Open Access books.
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Open Square is NYU Press’s platform for publishing and reading open access books. A browser-based reading platform, Open Square enables us to increase the impact of scholarly work by making it freely available in a digital format and to experiment with new ways of presenting scholarship and adding enhanced content to traditionally published books
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Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo manages and maintains Milne Open Textbooks, a catalog of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff.
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OpenED Manitoba was founded in 2015 with one goal: to make higher education more accessible by reducing students’ costs through the use of openly licensed textbooks in Manitoba.
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Under an open access publishing model a full academic monograph can be made freely available online immediately on publication.
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Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books, journals, and digital humanities works from several distinguished university presses, scholarly societies, and independent not-for-profit academic publishers. Through our open access hosting programs, we are able to offer publishers a platform for their OA content which ensures visibility, discoverability, and wide dissemination. These materials are freely available to libraries and users around the world.
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PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)
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Looking for citation help? The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides detailed information on how to do citations in APA, MLA, Chicago and other styles as well as general citation information and research assistance. It also offers help with many different writing topics and subjects, from punctuation to technical writing.
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Sabinet Sabinet African Journals encompasses the breadth and depth of African research content by offering the most comprehensive, searchable collection of full-text African electronic journals available on one platform.
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1.4 million articles on ScienceDirect are open access
Articles published open access are peer-reviewed and made freely available for everyone to read, download and reuse in line with the user license displayed on the article.
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For Open Access content - Before you search
1. Click on Advanced
2. Select Open Access Content Only
3. Conduct your search
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Open archive of the social sciences. SocArXiv papers are moderated before appearing.
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This Living Library is a principal hub of the LibreTexts project, which is a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access texts to improve postsecondary education at all levels of higher learning. The LibreTexts approach is highly collaborative where an Open Access textbook environment is under constant revision by students, faculty, and outside experts to supplant conventional paper-based books.
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South Asia Open Archives is a free open-access resource for research and teaching - a rich and growing curated collection of key historical and contemporary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences, from and about South Asia, in English and other languages of the region. SAOA's collection currently contains hundreds of thousands of pages of books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents, with particular focus on social & economic history, literature, women & gender, and caste & social structure.
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Southeast Asia in the late-Nineteenth and early-Twentieth centuries was largely and violently controlled by Western colonial powers, with most of the region divided among the British, French, Dutch, Spanish, and American empires, supplanted by a brief period of Japanese colonialism following the outbreak of war in Europe and the Pacific.
The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection chronicles the changes that took place throughout the region during this period, and the challenges of early statehood.
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SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science, as well as a selection of open access books. SpringerOpen journals and books are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication.
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As of March 2022, TAPPI Journal’s (TJ) publishing model is 100% Open Access (OA) to improve the accessibility of its published articles, increase researcher engagement and make research more visible. This new format helps researchers meet their funding and grant application requirements and potentially increase the number of citations. As in the past, the copyright remains with the author, and unlike other technical journals, TJ does not require a publication fee.
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Taylor & Francis Group publishes books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines.
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To adopt a textbook for your class just download it and/or buy a printed copy. It is yours to use according to its specific license.
Free college level textbooks with Creative Commons Licenses. Royalty-free. Low-Cost Print.
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The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations. Initially launched in 2015, the UN iLibrary was updated in December 2020 to incorporate new features such as an interface in all six official UN languages and a search feature by Sustainable Development Goals.
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The University of Alberta Library provides significant support to over 60 Canadian open access journals through our no-fee publishing program.
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UH Press publishes approximately 70 new books and 40 new journal issues annually with subject areas ranging across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
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The University of Michigan Press is a vital component of U-M Library's Michigan Publishing, which is the primary academic publishing division of the University. In partnership with our authors and series editors, we publish in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines.
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Oxford University provides open content under a Creative Commons licence free for reuse, remixing and redistribution in education worldwide. A number of open content projects under the OpenSpires umbrella have made thousands of high-quality materials available for the benefit of international education.
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uO Research is the University of Ottawa's digital archive for research and teaching materials created by the uOttawa community and its affiliated partners. It provides open and permanent access to uOttawa scholarship thereby ensuring its wide dissemination and increased visibility on the web.
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All articles published in open access journals are freely available to readers. There is no subscription fee to access content and articles are made available under the terms of a Creative Commons license.
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The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.
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Free and open access to global development data
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