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English 102: Open Access Resources

Open Access Resources

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Most scholarly journals are still available only for a fee or subscription (or through a subscription database, like those you can access through the SFCC library website), but there are some journals that publish their content to the web for free.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

"A one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals," the DOAJ facilitates browsing and searching of free, peer-reviewed journals available online. You may have to wade through a fair bit of scientific and technical publications, but there are some relevant journals indexed here, including most of the titles listed below. 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education. 

Open Culture

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.


HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

PLoS publishes several well-established open access, peer-reviewed journals covering an array of disciplines in the sciences including PLOS Biology, PLOS One, and PLOS Pathogens.

International Association for Media and Communication Research OA journal list

This website lists open access journals in the field of media and communications research.


This is a list of open access journals published by Springer covering numerous disciplines and subject areas.

Taylor & Francis OA Journals

Taylor & Francis publishes many journals and scholarly works in various disciplines. This site provides a list of this publisher's open access journals.

Wiley Open Access

Wiley publishes many journals and scholarly works in various disciplines. This site provides a list of this publisher's open access journals.

Open Humanities Press

An "international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought available worldwide." The OHP network includes several openly accessible book series published by MPublishing at the University of Michigan, as well as a selective list of autonomously-produced open access journals in critical and cultural theory.

MediaCommons Press

An "in-development feature of MediaCommons promoting the digital publication of texts in the field of media studies, ranging from article- to monograph-length.”

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