Open access resources

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Academics around the world are increasingly making their work Open Access. The resources below are a great place to check when you can’t access a journal article or book through SOAS Library.

SOAS Research Online
SOAS’ own Institutional repository which contains Open Access versions of articles and book chapters by SOAS authors. Great for checking current research trends of our staff.

Search thousands of open access data sets and articles from a range of repositories.

Online platform giving access to Open Access academic books, particularly in the humanities and social sciences areas.

This site aggregates the world’s Open Access research papers. You can search up to 79 million Open Access articles from a range of sources.

Open Knowledge
Search thousands of Open Access articles and book chapters focussing on Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
Search Openly Published journals with free access to articles, covers mostly Humanities subjects with one journal dedicated to interdisciplinary studies.

Worldcat is the world’s largest library catalogue, which allows you to source materials and access free online versions of books and articles.

Provides access to more than 100 million documents from over 5000 sources, a majority of which are free to access

Allows you to search through a number of online repositories to source Open Access materials.

Database of academic books published Open Access.

Quick Tools to Find Open Access Articles and Chapters

Download the ‘Unpaywall’ button to Chrome or Firefox browsers to instantly find free, Open Access, versions of articles or book chapters.

Open Access Button
Allows you to search for Open Access, free of charge, versions of journal articles and book chapters.