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Day three of Open Access Week!
There are a number of sites where you can find and download for free theses or dissertations. This can be useful if you’re starting your own dissertation, or if you want to search for theses about a particular topic. Here are a few suggestions:
'EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.' In many cases full text is available immediately, or you can request it to be digitized.
'PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.' Provided by Proquest with a North American focus.
Full text access to thousands of Canadian dissertations.
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Elsevier is the company that provides us with one of our biggest databases Science Direct.
Although you need a login to access most content on Science Direct, you’ll actually find that some articles are published as open access (open access articles are available by everyone without needing to a log in).
This is great news for those of you who may not be affiliated to a University, our retired members of staff or partner centre staff.
Elsevier have written a detailed post on accessing open access content.
Starting from July 2013, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will make its digital publications available free of charge with an open access license.
By adopting this new publishing policy, UNESCO aligns its practice to its advocacy work in favor of Open Access and strengthens its commitment to the universal access to information and knowledge.
UNESCO already make some of their publications available to download free of charge so their website is definitely a good source of quality information.
Some examples of what you can download from UNESCO now:
A World of Science
A quarterly journal providing information on the work of UNESCO in the field of natural sciences.
I originally read about this open access news on the ‘New Research selected by LSE Library' blog which reports on new research in a wide number of fields.
The ESL podcasts are free and they cover a range of topics including business, daily life, relationships, entertaining and dining to name but a few.
We believe the fastest way to improve your English is to listen to conversations and discussions you can understand….
At ESL Podcast, we provide English at a slower speed and use everyday phrases and expressions. We explain what these expressions mean and how to use them. That’s all! It’s simple, it’s obvious, and it’s very powerful.
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FER is the UK’s largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children’s services. We make a difference to learners of all ages, especially to the lives of children and young people, by ensuring our work improves the practice and understanding of those who work with and for learners.
NFER is useful for students studying all types of Education and provides sources that have a professional practice aspect You can view and download their publications and policy papers directly from the website.You can also read about the NFER’s research programme which is focusing on the following areas:
Find out more at the NFER website http://www.nfer.ac.uk/nfer/
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The Directory of Open Access Journals enables you to browse and search many full text scholarly journals, and read the articles in full text. The journals are from all different subjects:
The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals
We’ve included the Directory of Open Access Journals as one of the collections within DISCOVER alongside all our other resources, so you can easily access open access articles when you’re searching for information for your assignments.
You can find the DOAJ in the Discover A-Z list of resources:
The LSE has launched a free online academic service - it will review scholarly print and eBooks covering the full range of social science subject areas. Subject categories currently available include: Economics and Business studies, Gender, Law and human rights, Media and cultural studies, Philosophy, Politics and international relations, Sociology and anthropology.
The site also has an associated Facebook page to encourage academic book discussion.
From the LSE Review of Books webpage
The LSE Review of Books seeks to encourage public engagement with and understanding of the social sciences, via involvement with their best written and most accessible products – books and ebooks. We publish timely, informative and well-written reviews of academic and serious books across all the social science disciplines.
I’m reading about quite a bit of open access material this week. Here’s another resource which you will be able to use.The World Bank released this statement on April 10th:
The World Bank today announced that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products, effective July 1, 2012. The new policy builds on recent efforts to increase access to information at the World Bank and to make its research as widely available as possible. As the first phase of this policy, the Bank launched today a new Open Knowledge Repository and adopted a set of Creative Commons copyright licenses.
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) - “a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license” has been launched.
So far there are 756 academic peer reviewed open access books on DOAB from a range of subjects.
You can browse for books by title, subject or publisher or you can search. There are links to the full text of books at the publishers website or repository.
Find out more at the DOAB website http://www.doabooks.org