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Open Access Resources

Open Access Week continues with a look at a few of the many resources dedicated to providing open access to scholarly information. A good place to start is with the Directory of Open Access Journals, which indexes scholarly journals that meet high standards in terms of both openness and editorial transparency. When you search our own database indexes, you will find prominent open access resources for scholarly materials such as PLoS, ArXiv and the Journal of Digital Humanities. Many subscription journals will also offer some open access content. Our Research Guides contain information about Open Access materials in different subject areas. Open Access can help along new developments in research, as well as in preserving and sharing the cultural record. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together digitized collections from partner libraries, providing full and partial access to a wealth of books and other materials. Not all Open Access publishers have the best of intentions. The blog Scholarly Open Access maintains a list of questionable and predatory Open Access publications that do not comply with best practices. It's a good reminder to always evaluate sources! The best resources will make use of ethical standards and codes of conduct to ensure that the information they provide access to is high quality and can be trusted.