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Moffett Library Periodicals: Open Access

Overview of print and online periodicals in Moffett Library.

Open Access Resources


"Open Access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research." -SPARC* (


Open Access (OA) refers to all electronic resources that are made widely available on the internet without licensing and copyright restrictions. Open Access resources can include articles, journals, books, conference proceedings, theses, videos, music, etc. 

Open Access has become widely popular in scholarly research and communication as the prices of academic resources have grown significantly this past decade and academic libraries budgets have not risen to meet these new expenses. 


To learn more about Open Access Resources, please visit the Open Access Resources Guide here.

Open Access Journal Content Resources

Guidelines for Evaluating OA Journals

  • Discover peer-reviewed journals using library search tools
  • Scope of the journal is well-defined and clearly stated
  • Journal is affiliated with or sponsored by an established scholarly society or academic institution
  • Review past issues: does the content look topical and credible? Are the authors known to you?
  • Is the journal registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 
  • Does the website provide complete contact information: email, street address, working phone number?
  • Does it have a valid online ISSN?
  • Articles have DOIs (Digital Object Identifier, e.g., doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00054.x)
  • Journals are disseminated via research databases (academic abstracting and indexing services) such as JSTOR, PubMed, EBSCOhost, ProQuest (even Google Scholar).  
  • Journal clearly indicates rights for use and re-use of content at article level (e.g., Creative Commons CC BY license)

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