Searching for open access resources

If you want to search for open access resources on the subject of musicology, there are several key starting places - these are the sources of most of the content in this subject guide!

Some less direct methods include:

  • check your library subject guide, for example, the Music Library at the University of Michigan.
  • Journal Info is a database of journals, intended to help authors find appropriate journals to publish in. If you look at the record for a subscription only journal, it will suggest alternative open access journals on the same subject.
  • In Google Advanced Search you can restrict your search to items with specific Creative Commons licenses. Scholarly literature published under a cc license is usually open access material.
  • The Internet Public Library, under Subject Collections » Arts & Humanities » Fine Arts » Performing Arts » Music
  • Google Scholar indexes a large amount of open access material. It does not provide the ability to only search open access material, however.
  • OPEN J-Gate claims to be the worlds largest index of open access journals, but its links are often broken.
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