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Finding open access

Institutional repositories 

An institutional repository is a research database or archive containing the intellectual output of an organisation. Many universities have institutional repositories, for example City Research Online, which can be searched individually.

Examples of content include:

  • scholarly articles
  • dissertations
  • conference papers
  • datasets
  • working papers.

CORE searches across a range of international repository content.

OpenDOAR lists national and international repositories.

Disciplinary repositories

A disciplinary repository is a research database containing materials related to a particular subject area.

Examples of content include:

  • scholarly articles
  • dissertations
  • conference papers
  • book chapters
  • digital learning objects.

Examples of disciplinary repositories