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Using This Guide

Use the tabs on this guide to help with you with the following resources and services:

  • POWER TRIO: Discover the "Power Trio" of using Google Books, WorldCat and the Library Catalog to find almost any book or other item
  • DISSERTATIONS: Learn about finding Dissertations
  • USING OTHER LIBRARIES: Information on how to access other Libraries in the region
  • GOOGLE SCHOLAR, ETC.: Learn how to set up Google Scholar to give you full-text from SBU Libraries; Info on Google Advacned Search
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGEMENT: Introductory info on EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley

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What is Open Access?

In terms of scholarly literature, "open access" applies to "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions"(Suber). What it means to academia and research is that the primary barrier to access, price, is removed from the equation, allowing free access to peer-reviewed, scholarly works, books, and just about any other electronic print material with the designation.

Open Access works fall under two main publishing categories:

Green Open Access
Free online access to peer-reviewed materials provided by the author (self archived, or published in an institutional repository).

Gold Open Access
Free online access provided by the journal itself, whether the journal is subscription-based, APC (article processing charge)-based, or subsidized. Open access journals can be searchable within a digital publisher's collection. For example, EBSCO allows the user to limit searching to open access journals.

Visit Scholarly Communication & Open Access to learn more about Open Access, Scholarly Communication, and the services and resources we offer at SBU Libraries.

MIT has a great FAQ of popular questions regarding open access if you want to learn more about the basics of OA.

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