Open Access Resources

The library is providing these open access links below as a service to Ancilla’s students and faculty. They provide free access to peer-reviewed science and medical journals. Please remember that open access articles are still copyrighted and the articles still need to be cited in research.

Open Access Resources


  • Project Gutenberg: Copyright-free, public domain books on a variety of topics.  These books are older materials and as such, will not be suitable for all assignments.
  • Librivox:  The audiobook equivalent of Project Gutenberg.

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • Directory of Open Access JournalsMultidisciplinary–covers all topics!
  • HighWire Press, Stanford University:  A collection of journal titles with open access articles available. Both science and medical titles available.
  • BioMed: Over 200 peer-reviewed science, medical, and technology journals
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS):  A collection of seven journals: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, PLoS ONE (general science and medicine), and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
  • PubMed:  Articles available courtesy of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Social Science Research Network:  Will need to set up a free account, but this site contains over 300,000 full-text papers and articles in the field of social sciences, including political science, anthropology and archaeology, sustainability, the humanities, and  more.


These videos are a source of free study aids and may not be suitable for use as a research resource for papers or projects.  Please discuss the use of any of these sources as possible research resources with your instructor before using them in papers or projects.

  • Hawkes TV:  Math assistance in video format.
  • Hippocampus:  A collection of free videos on 13 different subjects.
  • Khan Academies A source of free videos for use as study aids and to assist in understanding key concepts in a variety of subjects.



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