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Open Access Resources

This is a guide to the major resources for the biological and life sciences here at Boston College

What is OA?

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."

From Peter Suber's Very brief introduction to Open Access.

Learn more : Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

High Impact Journals

OA Dissertations

These databases allow you to search specifically for OA dissertations and theses:


This guide has been created by Boston College Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. 

Finding OA Journals

Browse lists of high-quality open access journals by subject.

More information on Assessing Journal Quality.

OA Collections

Boston College is a member of HathiTrust, a repository of millions of full text books and other materials. Download them by authenticating with your BC username and password.

Search HathiTrust content by keyword:

Search these catalogs for open access books and other media: