The purpose of the Open Access Button is to bring awareness to the number of times people hit paywalls, and where in the world those people are located. Created by two students and a volunteer team of programmers and designers, the OA Button leverages social media and crowdsourcing to map the frequency and global impact of paywall restrictions on accessing information.
If you sign up for the button, which requires name, e-mail, and role (e.g. student, patient, researcher, etc.) you can add the Open Access Button to your browser's menu bar. When you hit a paywall, you click the button and it records the URL, DOI, and description of the item. You provide your geographic location and why you need access to the research. It also gives you the option of searching Google Scholar by title or DOI to see if an open access copy exists.
For more information about how to get the OA Button for your browser, click here.
This animated video from PhD Comics provides a lively explanation of Open Access.
OpenEmory is an Open Access repository of faculty authored articles
OpenEmory is a new service of the Emory University Libraries, created following the Open Access Policy passed by Faculty Council in March 2011. OpenEmory will serve faculty interests by providing an opportunity for the faculty of Emory to disseminate their scholarly articles as widely as possible through open access, making them freely available throughout the world, without charge. Also, OpenEmory will promote greater research impact, assist in retention of authors' copyrights, and ensure preservation of faculty scholarship. All Emory faculty members will have the option to deposit their articles in OpenEmory, in compliance with publisher policies. To find out more, or to deposit your articles, visit us at http://open.library.emory.edu.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The Library launched the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) repository in 2008, accepting master's theses and dissertations from Laney Graduate School. The ETD repository has since been expanded to accept honors theses from Emory College, theses from the Candler School of Theology and from the Rollins School of Public Health. The dissertations and theses stored in the Emory ETD repository are discoverable by search engines such as Google, and in many cases are made available by their authors immediately via PDF download. See more at https://etd.library.emory.edu/.