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Finding Free Literary Resources: Directories to Open Access Scholarship

This guide is intended to acquaint you with how to access literary resources free of charge.

What is Open Access?

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC),"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles." Listed here are sources of Open Access journal articles that are freely available to anyone, provided they are not used for commercial purposes.

Search Directory of Open Access Books

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Directories toOpen Access Scholarship


Directory of Open Access Journals  (DOAJ): Provides access to high quality, open access peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals. All retrieved content is freely downloadable.

Unpaywall: Available as an extension for Chrome and Firefox, Unpaywall searches its database of almost 18 million Open Access research articles. If the article you find is available for free download, a green icon (  ). will appear. Click on that icon and the full text  of the article will open.


Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): a finding tool for locating academic, peer-reviewed Open Access books.These books can be freely downloaded.The link provided here goes directly to books in languages and literatures. You will notice that not all books are in English, but you have the capability of searching.the entire database. Try doing an Advanced Search.

Publishers of OA Books: a list of publishers of Open Access books, along with brief descriptions of the specialty of each publisher.

Google Books: Google Books can be used to locate a wide variety of books. You can get the full text of some books for free. For other books, you can only get a "preview." In any case, you can use it to identify books you may want to try to locate at Hofstra, your public library, or through Interlibrary Loan. Locate some  The Internet Archive has a collection of freely available, downloadable Google Books.


OpenDOAR: a directory of academic,quality-controlled Open Access repositories. Repositories are digital collections of data, research and other intellectual products of university communities or other institutions. The content of repositories is sometimes, but not always, Open Access. The repositories in the OpenDOAR database are Open Access.

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