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Open Access Resources (Free): Home

This guide will explain what Open Access Resources are and provide links to Open Access Resources.

What Are Open Access Resources?

Open Access Resources are:

  • Free to access for everyone (you don't need to be a current student or faculty member to access these resources)

  • Online (mostly)

  • Free from most copyright and licensing restrictions

Why Open Access?

  • Open Access Resources exist because authors and creators want to make their works freely available to everyone. 

For more information on Open Access Resources, take a look at Peter Suber's Open Access Overview.

Open Access Explained! Video

Please Note

Many Open Access Resources are maintained by volunteers, so problems such as linking issues may occur. Be sure to fill out the Report a Problem form on Search@UW if you are having trouble accessing an Open Access Resource via Search@UW. You can also search for the resource in Google, as it may be available there.

How do I find Open Access Resources in the Library?

In Search@UW, you can limit your results to only open access resources. You can do so by clicking on "Open Access" under "Refine My Results" on the left side of the screen after completing a search. 

You can also tell if an item is open access in Search@UW by the orange open access icon:

An article with an orange open access icon

Where Else Can I Find Open Access Resources?

Below are selected resources where you can find Open Access Resources.