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Open Access Resources: Home

What is an Open Access Resource

  • Open Access refers to resources that are freely available for viewing and/or use, which has no bearing on the items copyright.  In other words, you can use the information, but you must cite the information because the copyright of the information belongs to someone else.
  • Read more about the various "shades" of open: 50 Shades of Open

Mason OER Metafinder

George Mason University has launched the Mason OER Metafinder, designed by GMU Librarian Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems. It searches a broad range of Open Educational Resource Collections, such as as the Digital Public Library, the Library of Congress American Memory Collection, MERLOT, and College Open Textbooks. Read more about the Metafinder at Deep Web Tech Blog.

Contact Information

If you have any additional questions or need assistance with your research, please contact a librarian today.

The Robert Block Library is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. 

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Phone: 251-626-3303

Open Access Explained

Predatory Open Access Publishers

"Predatory, open-access publishers are those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process."

For more information about predatory publishing, please visit BEALLS LIST OF PREDATORY PUBLISHERS.