Open Access Social Work
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This guide has been created to assist PSU School of Social Work alumni and other practicing social workers across Oregon in accessing scholarly research after they have left their university.
The guide is organized by topic areas:
Portland State Alumni
Membership to the Portland State Alumni Association is now free! An Alumni Association card provides you with:
- checkout privileges for 5 books at a time (3 weeks with 1 renewal)
You also have on-site access to databases and computers. Learn more about alumni access to the Library.
Oregon Libraries Reference Service (L-net)
L-net is a reference service for every Oregonian, and it's staffed by librarians! Online chat reference is available 24/7.
Access to Resources via Public Libraries & Oregon State Library
Oregon State Library funds database access across all public libraries in the state.
If you have a contract with the State of Oregon, you might be eligible for an account with the Oregon State Library that allows remote access to databases and full text articles.
Please contact the Oregon State Library Reference Hotline at (503) 378-8800 to find out if you are eligible for an account.
What is Open Access?
Open Access is a term used to represent both an idea, that the results of publicly funded research be freely available, and a movement, characterized by various initiatives to make published scholarly literature freely available on the web. More...
What is an Embargo?
An embargo is an access restriction that publishers sometimes put on a journal. The embargo will allow only free access to journal content that is older than the embargo period (often 6, 12, or 18 months).