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Open Access Resources

Free resources for unrestricted use

Open Access Library Guides

“The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment.”

Budapest Open Access Initiative 

Open Access Resources

A Very Brief Instroduction to Open Access
Open Access overview by Peter Suber.

Budapest Open Access Initiative
The Open Society Institute convened a meeting where the Budapest Open Access Initiative was signed.

Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE)
Scholarly publishing is going through a transformation as a result of digital means of communication, coupled with the financial predicament of libraries. With the most recent economic downturn, access to scholarly articles, so important to research progress and public advancement, will no doubt suffer.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. | Education | Science |

Oasis (Open Access Scholarly Information Society)
OASIS aims to provide an authoritative "sourcebook" on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. --Why Librarians should be concerned with Open Access

PLoS (Public Library of Science)
Nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS letter to scientific publishers.

ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies)
Searchable international registry charting the growth of open-access mandates adopted by universities, research institutions and research funders that require their researchers to provide open access to their peer-reviewed research article output by depositing it in an open access repository. 

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) 
An international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s activities are centered on: (1) Open Access to Scholarly and Scientific Research Articles, (2) Open Data, and (3) Open Educational Resources (OER).

WWW Virtual Library (Elizabethtown College, PA)
Provides over 2000 annotated links to English-language resources for a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. 

Open Access Repositories

A comprehensive list of 1600+ open data portals around the world

OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories)
Directory of academic open access repositories 

ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories)
The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world

Global Annual Events

Open Access Week (October) 
An opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Education Week (March) 
Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, an association of hundreds of institutions and organizations around the world committed to the ideals of open education.  Its goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities. 

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.