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Open Access Resources

Starting Point for Economics 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 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.

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Search these catalogs for open access books and other media:


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

Economics OA Repositories

RePec (Research Papers in Economics)
Research papers in economics and related science. Works in accounting, finance and other related areas.

Economics Research Network and Finance Research Network in

Social Science Research Network
Browse the SSR eLibrary, view  current Top Papers or search the electronic library for papers by Title, Author, or Journal/Topic.

Search by subject area business & economics. There are 156 repositories in this category.

Browse e-scholarship at BC. Can search specifically for Carroll School of Management contributions.


Social Sciences Data Repositories

OA Dissertations

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

Finding Economics OA Journals

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Browse lists of high-quality open access journals. Browse by the subject Economics. There are 386  journals in economics.

More information on Assessing Journal Quality.

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There is a large body of open access data avaialbe both nationally and internationally. With new mandates  to share data growing around the world and supported by libraries and other research organizations these resources will continue to expand at rapid rate. See some of the main open access data resources and visualization tools below.