Skip to Main Content

Open Access: Home

This guide provides information about open access sources including journals, eBooks, and datasets.

What is Open Access?

Open Access text with orange open lock

This guide provides information about open access resources that will help you with in your research needs now and after graduation. The resources are divided into categories of sources: datasets, journals, images, and ebooks. There are also a few tips and tricks to avoid the paywall block out that happens sometimes. Open access (OA) refers to digital content that is available and free of charge for everyone. Originally associated only with scholarly journals that published free online, the concept has been extended to other types of content such as eBooks and media.

MikeAMorrison, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Open Access Browser Extensions

A browser extension is a small software module for customizing a web browser that adds additional features and functions to your browser. The two below are specifically created to help you find access to open access full text journal articles.

South Carolina's Virtual Library - DISCUS

If you are a South Carolina resident, you are able to access the State Library's Discus resources for free. Simply request the username and password each August from either the state library, your local public library, or email us at the library with proof of residency. These resources are a great place to access some of the paywalled information you might need in your careers and personal life after graduation. Visit the DISCUS website for more information.

Interlibrary Loan Services

If you are a current student, faculty, or staff member and are running into paywalls, please use our interlibrary loan service to get copies of those articles. (Free to You) Visit our Interlibrary Loan Article Request page


decorative imagedecorative image


decorative imagedecorative imagedecorative image


decorative imagedecorative imagedecorative image

Image Collections

decorative imagedecorative image