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Discovering and citing Open Access resources

Helping you to find and reference a wealth of Open Access resources.

Discovering Open Access resources

There are many ways to discover authoritative and peer reviewed Open Access articles, books, theses, datasets and repositories.

The Open Access resources list has been created by the Faculty Engagement Librarian team to help you discover freely available Open Access publications.

To discover University of Surrey open outputs please browse or search our Open Research Repository.

Also see ten ways to find open access articles (Lazic, 2021) for some useful tips on discovering Open Access articles.

Using browser extensions

Open Access browser extensions will search the internet for an openly accessible copy of a scholarly text, in addition to finding library subscribed materials.

Try using one of the browser extensions below. Please speak to your Faculty Engagement Librarian for more details about any of these resources.

Referencing Open Access resources

You need to cite and reference open resources in the same way that you would cite and reference any work by including standard pieces of information in your reference.

Referencing journal articles in repositories

It is important to know and include in your reference the point of the publishing process that the item has reached.

Please be aware that differing referencing styles will have different requirements and you should refer to the specific guidance for any referencing style you require.

Referencing open educational resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open licence that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Read UNESCO's definition.

The reference below is an example formatted in a standard style:

  • Author. (Year) Book Title Available at: URL (Accessed: date) CC-BY Licence.

Create a reference to an OER when the materials are available for download directly. If you are directed to another website, create a reference to that specific webpage.