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Scholarly Communication: Tools

What is scholarly communication? This guide serves as an introduction to open access publishing as well as a guide to facilitate scholarly communication and collaboration.

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Tip:  Tweak your Scholar Preferences to include OhioLINK and OCLC in your search results if off-campus

Google Scholar Search

General Searches .. OCLC:

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Help with Citations

Try EasyBib (NOTE: free version includes MLA style only)


EasyBib: the bibliography maker.

Research Management

Try Mendeley, "a cross-platform application that helps researchers manage and annotate their scientific paper collections. Researchers can also
set up collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, and share data on Mendeley’s web platform."

Public Domain

Public Domain Works:  a site for calculating the public domain of works.  Apparently de-funded or currently not in working order.  Stay tuned?

Search for federally funded research articles

Search FundRef (beta version as of 2013)

Article Exchange

Try OCLC's article exchange service here for free!  A good way to share large files.

Search Engines

... you may not have heard of:  20 Useful Search Engines ...

Royalty Free and Public Domain Music

The SPARC Addendum

The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition provides an online tool - commonly known as the SPARC addendum.  This tool help authors negotiate and customize their individual copyright transfer agreements so that they may maintain rights that would otherwise be forfeited. 

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Search FreeFullPDF for open access articles in the sciences!

Search for more freely available scientfic articles and content 

OA Sourcebook

See OASIS for information on facilitating an open access environment at your institution.  Also appropriate for students and researchers.

Search ISI

Web of Knowledge

Search Web of ScienceSM

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Search for millions of open access articles and materials on any topic worldwide through OCLC's open access interface, OAIster (or Open Archives Initiative)

Free Digital Object Identifier Resolvers

Search for articles, authors, journals or digital objects using CrossRef.


ENTER DOI string below to locate original text or article:

TIP: You can turn a DOI string into a URL by appending the DOI string to

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creative commons license

Other tools


The Public Knowledge Project  includes software support such as the Open Journal Systems.