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Open Access Basics

Introduction to Open Access

Open Access is a movement within the scholarly community to provide unrestricted access to scholarly research publications. This guide will explain the basics of Open Access and will help you find ways to make your own research Open Access.

Looking for more information beyond the basics? Check out our Open Access Toolkit containing information on Data Access, Open Education Resources (OER) and more. 

See the Open Access Toolkit 


Portions of this guide were adapted from The University of Western Australia Information Services’ Open Access Toolkit, Boston College Libraries’ Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Guide, and Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview. Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Last updated: 9/25/2015