Adding aggregations of Open Access (OA) resources has always been one of the aims for Discover. With the closure of most libraries across the UK due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the requirements for people to stay at home wherever possible, we have prioritised adding these resources.
Discover now contains records from the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and we will soon be adding the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Hathi Trust, with others to follow. This will include the Jisc Historical Texts and Journal Archives data, which are now free to all Jisc members until the end of July.
Material which we can identify as OA contains an OA symbol
You’ll notice that many other libraries often hold this Open Access content. However, the links from these to full-text will often be behind authentication. To ensure that you get the OA link, choose ‘Directory of Open Access Books’ and follow the links on that page.
There isn’t currently an advanced-search option for OA content, but you can search ‘open access’ as a keyword. We’re working on our relevance rankings to bring material that has been identified as Open Access to the top of the results list.