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An introduction to finding openly available scholarly material and a step by step guide to making your work openly available online

Introduction to Open Access

Open Science, Open Data, Open Scholarship and Open Access are all parts of the same move towards the liberalisation of information. Open Access (OA) is an international movement to make research publications freely available in order to stimulate further research. Any person who can connect to the internet can access OA material freely. The potential readership of OA articles exceeds that of articles where the full-text is restricted to subscribers.

Open access to research literature is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes OA possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder" Peter Suber, Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication. 

This guide is curated by librarians at UL and recommends a non-exhaustive range of open resources that will supplement the licensed content that the University provides to all its students and researchers. The library's Research Services Department has a comprehensive guide to Open Access Publishing which you should consult if you are publishing in a journal and wish for your work to be openly available post publication.

Open Access material on UL Library catalogue

Use UL Library Search to find items and refine your search by "Open Access"


Shelfmarks in the Library

Borrowing, renews and returns

Principles and Practices of Open Research

Principles and Practices of Open Research is an open educational resource (module) on Open Research. UL academics contributed content to this UCC-led initiative, funded by the National Forum. The purpose of the module is to provide masters level and undergraduate students with training and education in open research. This includes teaching you

  • What open research is
  • Why it is important
  • How it is conducted.

The module is freely available and accessible through this link

What is Open Access