Searching for research
This is a brief guide to some of the tools that can help you find free open access research.
The Library's main search page
In the top-right of this page you'll see the blue 'Click to search library resources' button. This takes you to our main search page. From here you can search -
- EBSCO's Discovery search tool lets you find books, journal articles, conference papers and much more. It searches many of the databases the Library subscribes to. To find subject-specific databases, visit your Subject Page
- You can also search for print books and course reading lists from this page.
Scopus and Web Science
- Scopus is a international database that allow you to search journal articles and a limited number of books. It covers a wide range of subject areas and is particularly good for science and technology research.
- Web of Science is a global searchable publication database which gives comprehensive citation data for articles, books and more across numerous academic disciplines. This includes both published outputs and pre-prints.
- Both Scopus and Web of Science have a filter to select only Open Access articles. They predominantly display articles that are gold OA rather than articles that are green OA via repositories and pre-print servers.
- Each have the facility to set up alerts which will email when articles which meet your search criteria are published.
Academic Journal Guide
- The AJG is a guide to the range and quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research. Its purpose is to give both emerging and established scholars greater clarity as to which journals to aim for, and where the best work in their field tends to be clustered.
- Unpaywall, CORE Discovery and Open Access Button are free Chrome extensions that find legal open access copies of individual articles from authors, publishers and repositories.
- There are many subject orientated collections of open access e-publications, including pre-prints, and research data from multiple institutions, which are free to users. Some examples are:
- arXiv - in the high energy physics, mathematics, computer science
- bioRxiv – biological and biochemical sciences
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN) – a range of subjects in the social sciences
- Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) – economics and finance related
- PubMed Central and Europe PMC – content in health and health-related sciences
For an extensive list of subject repositories, go to OpenDOAR which provides details on the largest subject repositories on the web and is an excellent way of locating subject repositories relevant to your discipline.
- The Directory of Open Access Journals aims to cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that publish research and review papers in full text.
- The Directory of Open Access Books is a directory of academic peer-reviewed books from many publishers.
- The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
- Search for full text versions of theses and dissertations
- Smithsonian Open Access - a digital archive of more than 4.5 million images.
Finding information not held by the Library
The Interlibrary Loan service allows you to request a copy of an extract from a book, an article, conference paper, or the loan of a book from another library.