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Open Access: Home
Learn the basics of open access publishing: what it is, why it matters, and good sources for open access articles and books.
Open access literature includes journals, books, and other sources of information. Most are scholarly, quality-controlled, and many open access journals use peer review, just as the more expensive and traditional journals do.
Why Does it Matter?
Have you tried to find a scholarly article on Google, only to reach a screen asking you to pay $35 or more, just to read an article? That's what's called a paywall - if you want the information, you have to pay for it.
As a part of Helena College, you are able to access a great deal of scholarly research through the library's research databases, which are paid for by the library and your student fees. Not everyone has this privilege, and libraries can't afford to pay for access to everything.
Open access publishing has filled the gap, by making academic research available for free - no credit cards or subscriptions required.
You can find some open access articles alongside traditionally published articles in our databases and search tools, but you can also search for them online - especially handy if you forget your login information or are no longer a student. Try these resources for authoritative open access articles and books:
Openly accessible, peer–reviewed journal that focuses on topics related to the Internet such as mobile technologies, network analysis, social media, new media, digital copyright, and other interesting, unique subjects.
Search Google Scholar for free, open access schoarly materials, as well as some of the journal articles to which Helena College Library has access.
Login to your Google Account. Select "Settings" above the search box, then choose "Library Links" on the left-sidebar menu. Search for "Helena College." Check the box for "Helena College-University of Montana - Fulltext@Helena College." Now, every time you log into your Google Account and go to Google Scholar, you will be connecting to some of the library's databases when you search.
The books included in this collection are either not copyrighted in the country "from which the book is served," or permission has been granted for the book to appear online for free. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania