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This guide provides recommendations for high-quality open access resources, freely accessible to anyone.

Open Access collections and repositories are growing worldwide and provide free online access to many scholarly works and outputs such as e-books and e-chapters, journal articles, conference papers and research data.  

Read OA directories and resources for information about finding open access works in institutional research repositories, subject and discipline repositories


Licensing restrictions mean that most of the Library's subscription content is available for currently enrolled students and staff at Bond University.

The resources identified in this guide can be accessed by Bond alumni and microcredential learners.

Alumni are welcome to borrow from the John & Alison Kearney Main and Law Libraries at no charge.

To create an Alumni account with the library, please bring proof of your graduation to the Library Service Desk. You will be issued with an Alumni borrowing card.

Details are available on the Alumni & visitors page, including borrowing, renewals and overdue loans, parking permit and access cards.

Expired student cards cannot be used in the Library.

For additional information about IT services, please view the 'As an alumnus or a graduating student, what IT services will I retain access to?' FAQ.

High School Students

Need to research for an assignment? Check out the Open access research page for general databases, research tips and tools or browse the subject specific pages for freely available scholarly sources. 

Library Search has lots of open resources

Using open resources ensures access for all. Use the search box below to locate open access books, chapters and articles and more.


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) come in many forms and from many sources.  The adjacent tabs contain information and links to databases, books, journals, articles and media that can be used for personal research and educational purposes.

Creating a new OER? It is best practice to provide access to an OER under a Creative Commons licence.  Use the OER Licensing Toolkit to decide which licence is most suitable for your new resource.

OER includes text (either print or digital); audio, video, or multimedia, or various combinations of these, provided that they are openly licensed and free. They can support a single learning point, a lesson, a series of lessons, a whole course, or even an entire program of study.

Explore and use these sites for Open Education content and resources :

Visit the Smartcopying site which has a useful OER toolkit for teachers, curriculum and elearning developers.

Copyright and Creative Commons licences

Online courses and classes

Open access resources