More open access collections added to FirstSearch database

Jill Jones, Senior Product Manager /

Additional open access collections are now searchable in FirstSearch using the Open Access Content database. Released in June 2021, the Open Access Content database helps researchers easily find and access resources from familiar open content providers.

The Open Access Content database now includes resources from the following providers (newly added providers are bolded):

  • Biomed Central
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Europeana
  • HBO Kennisbank
  • Hindawi Limited
  • OCLC 
  • Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)
  • Open Library of Humanities
  • OpenEdition
  • Paperity
  • Project Euclid
  • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)
  • UCL Press
  • Wolters Kluwer

Searches of the Open Access Content database retrieve only open access items, saving time for searchers who wish to focus their research on resources from open access sources, and helping libraries offer more high-quality content without impacting budgets. "Access" links in FirstSearch records connect users to full-text open content.

The Open Access Content database is 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. Please contact OCLC Support in your region for assistance with FirstSearch account configuration.

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