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Open Access Resources

Free online resources selected by librarians

What This Guide Is For

This guide is intended primarily as a service to people not affiliated with UM-Flint who are looking for online resources.

UM-Flint students are STRONGLY encouraged to use Primo VE searching and the subject guides. The resources on this page are NOT a substitute for the Thompson Library's print collections and licensed online resources.

Guests should consult their own libraries for the most comprehensive collections of online resources. Residents of the State of Michigan also can use the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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Scholarly articles and other resources. UM-Flint students can also use Google Scholar @ UM-Flint, a version optimized for our campus.



Search for open access articles by title, citation, URL, DOI, PMID, or PMC ID. Free, legally available articles can be located using this search.




What is DOI? Example DOI: 10.1142/S0217751X22500269

What is PMID? Example PMID: 32881 searches dozens of open access science databases for scientific articles, datasets, software, audio & video resources, unpublished datasets, and results visualizations [example].

To select specific databases, use Advanced Search



Open access collection of free books, movies, television broadcasts, software, images, music, data, websites, and more.



Advanced Search            Internet Archive Scholar (beta)


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Search over 200 million papers from all fields of science, with filters such as journals and conferences, authors, publication types, and date range.



UM-Flint users: The LibKey Nomad browser extension will give you off-campus access to many articles found with Semantic Scholar.

Search for Datasets

Search Google Dataset Search for millions of datasets in digital repositories worldwide.


Open Access Databases A-Z

Browse a list of all our open access databases. You can filter them by subject and / or format.