Open Access Information for Graduate Students

The following is a list of open access resources:

Open Access Search Engines:

* OAIster: OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources. It provides access to academic digital resources by harvesting their metadata records. OAIster currently provides access to 14,900,092 digital resources from 939 contributors including Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) institutional repositories and York University’s institutional repository (YorkSpace).

* BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) is a multi-disciplinary search engine for scientifically relevant web resources which was created and developed by Bielefeld University Library. Currently BASE database holds nearly 7.5 million documents and the list of content providers can be accessed from this link.

* intute: Intute is a free online service providing access to selected Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Their database contains 121109 records and allows access to both subject-specific and cross-subject resources, all of which have been evaluated for their quality and relevance.

* openDOAR: OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories. The aim is to provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of such repositories for end-users who wish to find particular archives. The full-text contents of open access repositories may be searched using Google Custom Search. To search or browse repositories please use this link.

* PerX: Use the PerX pilot service to find engineering related: articles, full text eprints, books, thesis & dissertations, websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, the latest research, teaching and learning resources and more. Search PerX.

* lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos and find article citations with links to their full text including authoritative research materials and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. Advanced Search.

* is a federation of national science portals where research results are made available by participating nations. Users get the most current findings in fields such as energy, medicine, agriculture, environment, and basic sciences, published by contributing nations. View participants list.

Open Access Journals:

* DOAJ: (Directory of Open Access Journals): This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The aim is to cover all subjects and languages. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals. There are now 3155 journals in the directory. Currently over a thousand journals are searchable at article level.

*BioMed Central: Publisher of 186 peer-reviewed open access journals. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. View work published in BioMed Central journals by researchers at York University.

*CiteSeer: CiteSeer is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

*Open J-Gate: Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain and indexes articles from 4391 academic, research and industry journals out of which 2335 of them are peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

* Pubmed Central: PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Click here for a complete list of journals.


* ADT: Australian Digital Theses Program is the national theses and dissertation database for Australia.

* Canadian Thesis Portal: This is your central access point for Canadian theses and information about the Theses Canada program. From here you will be able to: Search Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in Library and Archives Canada's theses collection, which was established in 1965.

* Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations(NDLTD): The free science-specific search engine Scirus has partnered with to bring the power of its search technology to its electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) search. The complete list of participating members can be accessed from this link.

* The DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP): The DART-Europe is an academic consortium of university partners and provides researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). DEEP currently provides access to 76925 doctoral theses from 31 DART-Europe partners.

Open CourseWare:

Open CourseWare Consortium is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses contributed by over 200 higher education institutions.

Open Access Publishing:

* SHERPA Romeo: A database that includes the copyright and self-archiving policies of various journal publishers.

* Journal Info: Provides assistance for researchers in the selection of journal for publication. The service currently covers about 18,000 journals, in various subject areas. Journals added in this database have been indexed in databases including, Biosis Previews, Chemical Abstracts, Compendex, Inspec, MathSciNet, Medline, and Science Citation Index to name a few. Complete list is available from here.

* Science Commons: It is a branch of Creative Commons and is devoted to easing unnecessary barriers to the flow of scientific knowledge and technical information. Science Commons initiatives are designed to accelerate the research cycle. Learn more here.

* OAKList Database: Queensland University of Technology’s OAK Law Project has developed a web-enabled database containing information about publishing agreements and publishers’ open access policies and practices. It uses the same colour designations as SHERPA ROMEO.

* CIHR policy on Access to Research Outputs