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Open Access Resources

Starting Point for Economics Research

What is OA?

Open Access

"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

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:

OA Dissertations

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

Directory of Open Access Journals

Browse lists of high-quality open access journals. More information on Assessing Journal Quality.


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

Business & Management OA Repositories

Social Science Research Network
Browse the SSRN 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.

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

Social Sciences Data Repositories