Open Access Information

Websites and other directories of Open Access resources:

Other sources and search engines

Free and subscription services

Further reading

Websites and other directories of Open Access resources

Institutional repositories

Directories of institutional repositories

  • OpenDOAR The Directory of Open Access Repositories. OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic Open Access repositories.
  • Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) Links to over a thousand repositories worldwide.

Search engines

  • OAIster Freely searchable collection of academic e-books and ejournals literature.
  • Google Scholar Scholarly and peer-reviewed literature, including papers, books, theses, abstracts from all areas of scholarly research. If you are currently a member of the University, use the link from the Library website to get free access to many of the journals.
  • Scirus One of the biggest and more comprehensive collections of academic literature on the Internet. Scirus returns results from the whole Web, including access controlled sites. Special sources include PubMed/Medline, US patents and full text from ScienceDirect, BioMed Central.
  • Trove Provides easy access to Australian university and government research repositories.

Publishers' sites

  • Highwire Press E-journals database from Stanford University. Includes tables of contents and citations.
  • INFOMINE A scholarly collection of databases, e-journals, mailing lists, articles, directory of researchers and more.
  • IngentaConnect A comprehensive collection of academic and professional articles, chapters, reports and research. Also has a fee-based document delivery service.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Made up of several ETD databases (Electronic Theses and Dissertations).

Directories of Open Access journals

Full text collections of books

Subject directories and portals

Special subject collections


Business and Economics

  • RePeC Research Papers in Economics.


Medical and Health Sciences


  • for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
  • OARE Online Access to Research in the Environment from UNEP/Yale University.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resources for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Commercial publishers

Commercial publishers sometimes include Open Access materials on their websites.

Other sources

Internet alerting resources

  • Internet Scout Report The Scout Report is one of the Internet's oldest and most respected publications. Professional librarians, educators, and content specialists locate the most valuable and authoritative new web sites.

Free and subscription services

The University of Auckland Library Associate Membership

The Library website has information about our policy, schedule of fees, and databases available for Associate Members.

Public libraries

Commercial document supply sources

Further reading

Bailey, Charles W., Jr. Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals.

Hobson, Jenny (2007) Ask the Librarian About...Open Access Information. Mai review, Issue 3.

Jasco, Peter. (2006) "Open Access Scholarly Databases-A Bird's Eye View of the Landscape." Keynote address of the Asia and Oceania Section of IFLA.

Kirby, Sarah A V and Spitzberg, Suzan I. (2006, October). How to Find Resources Without Using Subscription Services. Information Outlook, 10(10), 23-28,31.

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter (SOAN) (Formerly, The Free Online Scholarship (FOS) Newsletter), is published and sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and written by Peter Suber.

Suber, Peter. (2006, March 10) Open Access Overview: Focusing on Open Access to Peer-reviewed Research Articles and their Preprints.

Voss, Rüdiger. (2007, January). The Open-Access Debate. Physics Web, [Accessed 26 January, 2007]

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