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Librarians are increasingly receiving questions from faculty and graduate students about Open Access. What is it? Why should you care about it? To assist, the Library has created an Open Access FAQ and is planning a variety of activities during Open Access Week running from October 24-30.
“Open Access” is the term used to describe scholarly literature available online free of charge that can be copied, distributed, and used with proper attribution. There are a lot of benefits to Open Access, but two of specific interest to faculty and graduate students include more exposure to your research and higher citation impact.
We hope that you find the Open Access FAQ and Open Access Week information valuable. If you happen to be involved in open access activities already, either by publishing in open access journals or supporting other open access initiatives, we’d love to hear about it. Tell us how you’re supporting Open Access or connect with your liaison librarian to let him or her know.
For more information, contact:
Associate University Librarian, Information Resources & Services