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Copyright Information: Journals and books




What is it?

BC Open Textbook Project

Freely available open textbooks for courses in arts, sciences, humanities and business, supported by the BC government.

Biodiversity Heritage Library 

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

Google Books 

Provides full-text access to books that are out of copyright, as well as previews of in-copyright, in-print books.


A digital library that contains over 3,000,000 volumes of Public Domain works - use the "full view" limiter to access the Public Domain works.

Internet Archive 

Access to downloadable video, audio, text & multimedia in the public domain. It hosts one of the largest collections of freely available digital content on the Web and includes digitized print books, audio files, moving images and, by means of the Wayback Machine, cached copies of websites. Not all the content is in the Public Domain and please note that the Internet Archive's terms limit use to "scholarship and research purposes only." The copyright status for most content is found in the description menu and Creative Commons licensed materials are also clearly identified with the CC logo appearing under the file links.


LibriVox enlists volunteers to record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back into the public domain. An open source, public domain project.


A Norwegian National Library digitization project, providing digital copies of all the public domain books in its collection as scanned PDFs.


OpenStax free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of courses.

Project Gutenberg 

Access to approximately 40,000 full-text public domain books. Enjoy!

Project Gutenberg Canada 

The Canadian version of Project Gutenberg has its own website and collection with more Canadian content than is available at Project Gutenberg, as well as other content which is in the Public Domain in Canada.

Project Runeberg 

A volunteer project to create free electronic editions of classic Scandinavian literature.

Wikipedia Public Domain Resources (by Subject) 

This “helpful guide to public-domain resources” lists hundreds of public domain resources (other websites) from around the web, organized by subject. Definitely worth a look.


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Journal Articles


What is it?

Director of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 

An extensive directory of scholarly open access journals from around the world.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) 

One of the world's largest search engines for academic open access web resources, including open access institutional repositories.


A union catalog of millions of records from Open Access resources.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) 

A directory of repositories worldwide that house open access research materials.

HighWire Press 

Search full-text articles in science, medicine, special education and occupational therapy.


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Open Access Science:



What is it?

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.

BioMed Central 

Search open-access bio-medicine journals

PubMed Central (PMC) Open-Access Subset 

Search within journals marked with the OA symbol in the "Free Access" column for freely available articles. 

Contains e-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

Free Medical Journals 

Provides links to dozens of open access medical journals.


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Open Access Social Sciences & Humanities:



What is it?

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) 

Provides access to abstracts, scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, and full-text articles in the social sciences.

Synergies: Canada's SSH Research Infrastructure 

Indexes research results in social sciences and humanities published in Canada.

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.


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Theses, Dissertations, Conference Papers, etc.


What is it?

Directory of Open Access Repositories 


A directory of repositories worldwide that house open access research materials including journal articles, pre-prints, archival documents, conference papers and proceedings.




A catalogue of open access resources from repositories around the world.


Synergies: Canada's SSH Research Infrastructure 


An index of journal articles, theses, conference papers and books in the social sciences and humanities published in Canada.



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