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CloudSource Open Access Resources

One click access to over 50 million articles and educational materials.

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Open Access Resources from CloudSource

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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, OER and other open access ebooks,  covering a broad range of subject areas such as Health Sciences, Environment, Computer Science, Business and many more.

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.

How do I search CloudSource OA?

Step 1.
Go to:
Step 2.
On the page that appears, enter your search term in the box to the left of the Search button

Image depicting the search bar for Cloudsource. The search bar is located on the right side of the screen.
Step 3.
Click on the Search button or press Enter on your keyboard 
Step 4.
Click the Open Access Resources tab, under the search bar, if not already selected
Step 5.
 Click on View Resource to read an article

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 unknown

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

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