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Open Educational Resources and Zero-Cost Learning: Find Publicly Available Research

Open Research as Open Education

CUNY Libraries may be physically closed, but they are open online. Open scholarship and licensed e-resources support zero-cost learning for CUNY students. 

Librarians, students, and readers want CUNY researchers to post scholarship in CUNY Academic Works. It's perfectly legal and essential to establish wide readership, even to academics in elite institutions when libraries are closed, e-resource budgets are slashed, and interlibrary loan is limited.

Publishers commonly allow articles to be posted in institutional or disciplinary repositories after 12 - 18 month embargoes. Public search engines (especially rank repository matches high in results. Readers find open work easily. They use it for teaching and cite it more often than library-licensed only works.  

Articles, book chapters, dissertations, pre-prints, slides, syllabi, and teaching materials are all welcome in CUNY Academic Works.

Open Access Repositories


CUNY Academic Works: maintained by CUNY Libraries to provide public, open access to the research, scholarship, and creative, and pedagogical work of the City University of New York.

Digital Commons Network: browse or search across all institutional repositories hosted by bepress Digital Commons

OpenDOAR: find the world's scholarly repositories by institution or by discipline



AgriXiv: preprints for agriculture and allied sciences

arXiv: distribution service and open-access archive for articles in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

BioArXiv: online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences, operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

BodoArXiv: open repository for medieval studies

CORE: a nonprofit repository collecting open access humanities research sponsored by the Modern Language Association

EarthArXiv: preprint service for the earth sciences

EcoEvoRxiv: preprint service for ecology, evolution, and conservation

ECSarXiv: preprint service for electrochemistry and solid state science and technology

EdArXiv: preprint server for the research in education

engrXiv: open archive of engineering

LawArXiv Papers: openly available legal scholarship

MediArXiv: open archive for media, film, and communication studies

MindRxiv: open archive for research on mind and contemplative practices

NutriXiv: preprint service for the nutritional sciences

PaleorXiv Papers: preprint archive for Paleontology

PsyArXiv Preprints: preprint service for the psychological sciences, maintained by The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science

PubMed Central: full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)

SocArXiv Papers: open archive of the social sciences

SportRxiv: open access subject repository for sport, exercise, performance, and health research

Social Science Research Network: an eLibrary that provides access to papers from researchers in more than 50 disciplines

Open Access Resources


Directory of Open Access Journals:  indexes the quality of open access, peer-reviewed journals


Directory of Open Access Books: metadata provided by academic publishers improves discoverability

National Emergency Library: 1.4 million titles, many 20th century, scanned in the Internet Archive. Simultaneous borrowing allowed during the pandemic.

Open Library: a project of the Internet Archive, the Open Library provides access to many public domain and out-of-print books

Open Research Library: browse and search over 20,000 books from academic publishers

Browser Extensions for finding Open Access Materials

To see if a specific work (especially an article) is openly available, use one of these browser extensions.


Unpaywall logoUnpaywall covers over 25,000,000 open access articles from 50,000 publishers. Install the extension from, then, when you run into a paywall, use Unpaywall to search for an open version.



OAButton Icon

OA Button is a Firefox extension that identifies open access versions of research articles. If an open version of an article cannot be found, log-in to send an author that one be made available.

Share Your Research

CUNY scholars will be more widely read for greater impact if their published work is openly available online. It's perfectly legal to post most published academic work in CUNY's public access institutional repository, Academic Works.

Instructions at Need help? Contact or a campus Academic Works Coordinator.