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Open Access: Home

This subject guide is intended to serve as a learning tool to educate our users on open access and the changing world of scholarly communications.

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) refers to freely available access to academic publications including peer-reviewed articles, thesis, books, book chapters, data, etc. Under OA, authors allow their work to be used without restrictions or permission. Open access makes scholarly research available to our students and faculty without any restrictions or paywalls.

 

Understanding Open Access

Advantages of Open Access

Free access to scholarly sources:

  • Allows users to access more scholarly research without any restrictions. 
  • Distributes new ideas at a wider and faster rate, creating new research studies.
  • Leads to an increase in article citation that can create an impact in the field of study.
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