Discovery of Scholarly Open Access Content: Tools for Finding Open Scholarship

Looking for access to scholarship without having to sign in? This guide provides pathways to finding scholarly open access content and highlights major initiatives with digital humanities and open scholarship

Overview of OA Discovery Tools

Open access discovery tools facilitate finding open versions of content by searching across multiple repositories and web sites where open content is collected. These tools are need to help unite varying metadata used to identify open versions.

Readily Available Tools

Open Access Button 

     A mechanism for searching across multiple open access content sites. Specifically, these are: Unpaywall, Share, CORE, OpenAIRE, Dissem.in, Europe PMC, BASE

     This tool can also be searched at the home page using: DOI, URL, PubMed ID, PubMed Central ID, Title and can also be used as a browser extension with Chrome, Firefox and as an OpenAPI

 

​  Unpaywall

     A mechanism for searching across content repository sites. Specifically, these are: Crossref, DOAJ, Gold OA & Hybrid Journals, Institutional Repositories, Disciplinary Repositories

                  This tool can also be searched at the home page using: DOI or a set of DOIs and can also be used as a browser extension with Chrome, Firefox and as an OpenAPI

 

Paywalled Tools to Use

​     EndNote Click

     A purchased tool supplied as part of the PSU LIbrary's Web of Science subscription. This resource searches across the Web of Science database, PubMed, and other web sites and can be used as a browser extension in Chrome. It can discover content paid for by the PSU Library as well as open access versions available.