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Open Access Resources

Starting Point for Communication Research

What is OA?

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"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

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. 

OA and the Social Sciences

venn diagram identifying open dataThis box contains links to social science repositories and interdisciplinary repositories with substantial social science material.  It is by no means exhaustive and is intended to provide a sense of the range of types of resources available.

OA Collections

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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:

Social Sciences Data Repositories

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