Welcome to the Jennings Library guide to Open Access! Open Access (OA) resources are scholarly resources that creators have chosen to make available for free on the Internet, often in scholarly journals or institutional repositories. Open Access benefits scholarly publishing and research by making available these resources to anyone in the world without restrictions based on costs or institutional affiliation. Learn more about Open Access, various open licenses, and related issues on this page. Then, check out the "Open Access Resources" tab to find open access articles, images, movies, and more.
Want to learn more about open access? Check out the links below!
This guide was created by Siobhan McCarthy and Lauren Fowler. It is currently being maintained by the Electronic Resources Librarian.
This 8-minute video from Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen (PHD Comics) provides an excellent (and entertaining) explanation of Open Access and why it's important.
Open Access is part of a broader movement to create a more open system of scholarly communication, promoting the availability of research data and teaching materials as well as scholarly articles. Check out the links below to learn more about the Open Data and Open Educational Resources movements.
Creators who wish to make their works open access often indicate which of their exclusive rights under copyright they retain and which rights they waive, through the use of various Creative Commons (CC) licenses. If you want to reuse a CC-licensed work, it is important that you pay attention to the type of license, as it indicates the conditions under which you are allowed to reuse the work. With all CC licenses, you are required to give credit (attribution) to the creator of the work. The six licenses are:
Creative Commons also offers a "CC0 tool" through which creators waive all of their exclusive rights and place their work in the public domain. There are no conditions for using one of these public domain works, not even attribution. However, we recommend that you do provide credit to the creator, in accordance with professional and academic standards.