Find Open Access Literature


To find Open Access journal articles and online scholarly materials, start with some of the following resources:

  • cIRcle: The University of British Columbia's digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners.
  • OAIster: A union catalog of millions of records from Open Access resources.
  • HighWire Press: Search full-text articles in science, medicine, special education and occupational therapy.

Open Access Science:

  • Public Library of Science (PLoS): Publishes a range of open access science journals and other scientific literature. Subject areas include biology, medicine, clinical trials and genetics.
  • arXiv.org: Contains e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

Open Access Social Sciences and Humanities:

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: An openly available online encyclopedia of philosophy, that is written and maintained by experts in the field and refereed by an editorial board.

Many OA resources are regularly crawled by web search engines, making OA literature available through standard search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Yahoo. Google Scholar indexes vastly more open access than subscription-based articles - greatly increasing the likelihood OA work will be discovered and read [1].



  1. See Neuhaus, C., et. al. (2006). The Depth and Breadth of Google Scholar: An Empirical Study. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 6(2), 127–141. doi:10.1353/pla.2006.0026 (Access for UBC members only)
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