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What is CloudSource OA?

  • CloudSource OA (open access) is a tool that gathers journal articles and other high-quality open access publications that are currently available for free online. Cloudsource collects these resources and makes them easy to find using ACC Libraries' search tool. Now you can find even more high quality resources in one place.

What is an Open Access publication?

  • An Open Access publication is a scholarly journal article or eBook, published through a funding model providing free, online, full text access. OA content is also free of most copyright licensing restrictions. 

What type of content will I find in the CloudSource OA database?

  • You will find high quality, peer-reviewed, academic publications, including articles and other open access ebooks, covering a broad range of subject areas such as Health Sciences, Environment, Computer Science, Business and many more. CSOA also gathers many Open Educational Resources (OERs) which are free educational materials available to anyone to use, modify and share. 

What would I want to use CloudSource OA?

  • Increasingly, major scholars and scholarly publishers are publishing their works openly online. CloudSource OA gathers these resources and allows you to search them all from a single search box.
  • These publications are often very high quality and contribute as much to academic discussions as the journals that require paid subscriptions.
  • Open access publications can make the publication of scholarly works more equitable and open to diverse voices. This, in turn can allow the researcher to gain a broader perspective about how their topic is experienced and studied by people from an array of different backgrounds.
  • Because these sources are freely available, you can share the articles you find with people outside ACC and they would be able to access them, without an ACC login.

OER (Open Educational Resources)

CSOA streamlines access to 80,000 eBooks and eTextbooks as well as 36,000 other OER teaching materials, including resources like lesson plans, slides, etc.  OER materials are sourced from the following sources:

MIT Open eBooks
OER Commons
Open Textbook Library
Merlot (coming soon!)

Benefits of CSOA

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Interpreting Search Result Icons

Standard Open Access Icons

 - indicates the article or book was published under an open access license

Open License & Copyright Icons

  -  Creative Commons Zero (CC0)  a type of public domain dedication

 - Public Domain No Rights Reserved 

 - Creative Commons License 

 - BY Credit/Attribution must be given to the creator

 - SA Share-Alike adds a requirement for anyone reusing the work to also license their own creation under the same license

 - NC Non-Commerical allows for reuse and sharing but reserves commercial rights for the creator

 - ND No Derivatives allows sharing and reuse but only if the content is left unchanged


Other Icons

-  Author/Publisher specified open access license. It may be unique to publication and can include all rights reserved

-  article metrics/engagement:  other works cited, times the article was cited, or online engagement such as social media activity. 

- article is peer reviewed

- peer review status of article is

For in-depth information and descriptions of open licenses visit the Creative Commons website.

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