Academic journal articles and research papers which are freely available on the web are often known as Open Access articles. These can be the final published article. Or alternatively, preprints, i.e. the draft paper before it is submitted to a journal, or postprints, i.e. the peer reviewed article which has been accepted for submission to a journal. Learn more about pre-prints in this short video. Many Open Access articles are gathered into collections (also known as open access repositories or eprint archives) which can be subject or institutionally based.
How to find Open Access articles
Many Open Access Repositories can be cross searched using Open Access search engines. For example:
OAISTER from WorldCat. OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of records from open archive resources.
OpenDOAR provides a search across their authoritative directory of academic open access repositories
PQDT Open is another search engine for locating full text open access theses and dissertations.
Index to Theses - available on and off campus to Stirling University students and staff. A database of theses submitted to Higher Education institutions in the UK and Ireland from 1716. For more information on finding theses see our Finding Theses page.