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New database expands access to open content on OCLC FirstSearch service

Jill Jones, Senior Product Manager /
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A new database of open access content on the OCLC FirstSearch service will help researchers easily find open access resources from familiar content providers. Developed in response to requests from FirstSearch users, the Open Access Content database expands on OCLC’s 20-year history of partnering with the world’s leading content providers to represent high-quality open content in WorldCat and OCLC services.

Researchers can use the Open Access Content database to identify open access items from the following well-known open content providers:

  • Biomed Central
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • JSTOR
  • Open Address Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)
  • OpenEdition
  • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
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Searches of this database retrieve only open access items, saving time for searchers who wish to focus their research on resources from open access sources. "Access" links in FirstSearch records will connect users to full-text open content.

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The new Open Access Content database is now included in all active FirstSearch accounts* at no additional charge. Library staff can manage access to this database through their FirstSearch administrative settings. Details about configuring FirstSearch database access are provided in FirstSearch documentation and training resources.

The new database is the latest example of OCLC’s work with governing bodies, publishers, aggregators, libraries, and the communities they serve to enhance the visibility and accessibility of open content by  prioritizing open collections in OCLC services for optimal discovery and access.  

Please contact OCLC Support in your region for assistance with FirstSearch account configuration.

*A FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery subscription provides use of the FirstSearch service.