Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access materials are freely available for viewing and/or use.
More information about Open Access.
Public Domain & Copyright laws
The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it (credit: Stanford University Library).
More information about Public Domain & Copyright Laws.
How to search for Open Access material on UCI Libraries web page:
Go to UC Library Search and follow these instructions:
HathiTrust has open access and membership access.
Anyone can do the following without logging in or having a membership with HathiTrust:
For more information: HathiTrust login help page
Google Scholar articles are generally an abstract, but some are available with open access full text.
Scholarly communication is the life-blood of the university’s teaching and research mission. Issues of copyright, intellectual property rights, and the long-term preservation of digital assets are posing new challenges to faculty, schools, & librarians.
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Software VPN is not available for guests, so they may not have access to some content when connecting from off-campus.