Open Access Resource

What are Open Access resources?

* Open Access refers to resources that are freely available for viewing and/or use. Open Access is not the same as Public Domain, and most Open Access creators do retain their copyrights

* Open Access is part of a continuum ranging from completely closed, subscription/purchase only access to completely open, no barrier publishing. Open Access is not related to the quality of materials or the peer-review/non-peer-review status of the publications.

* Open Access differs from Open Source or Open Licensed in that the primary use of Open Access materials will be viewing or reading, while Open Source materials are available for modification of the underlying software or text.

Why should use and care about Open Access materials?

* Open Access materials can be excellent resources to supplement online library materials. Many scholarly and peer-review journals have opened their back issues as open access, and others have converted partially or totally to open access for all issues.

* Open Access materials can often be used when copyright restrictions might prevent the use of "traditional" materials in an online setting. While Open Access materials are, for the most part, still under copyright by their creators, most academic and educational use is permitted without permission. Even if copying is not permitted, open materials can usually be linked from an online syllabus or reading list. Be sure to check the copyright or permissions statement before use.



  • Directory of Open Access Journals

  • DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Open Access Journals

  • Open Access Initiative is committed to make genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community without restricting the access of published content.

  • Open Access journal search Engine (OJSE)

  • The Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE) service covers free, full text, quality controlled journals.

  • The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

  • The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs).


  • Digital Library of India

  • The National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

  • Thousands of academic, peer-reviewed books from over 90 publishers. Note: Some books have partial content only.

  • E-Books Directory

  • E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of links to freely accessible ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet.

  • HathiTrust Digital Library

  • Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 338 billion archived web pages.

  • Internet Archive

  • Partnership of major research institutions and libraries creating digital archive of library materials. Full text access only to the portion of the archive that are public domain works, indicated by "Full View". Downloading or printing depends on each title's copyright status.

  • Million Book Project

  • An early collection of books from the Indian scanning centers of the Universal Library Project, sometimes called the Million Books Project


  • A quality controlled collection of Open Access books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Project Gutenberg

  • It offers thousands of free high quality ebooks


  • Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines..

  • Microsoft Academic Search

  • Microsoft Academic Search (MAS), developed by Microsoft Research, is a new product, designed to compete with Google Scholar. It is also a free academic search engine which "provides many innovative ways to explore academic publications, authors, conferences, journals, organizations and keywords, connecting millions of scholars, students, librarians, and other users”.