Welcome to our Guide on Open Access and Library Resources, where you will find general tools to help you locate resources to further your research and understand ways to access them.  Please note that the lists on these pages are not exhaustive lists on their topics. If you know of another good resource – let us know! Likewise, we would appreciate it if you would notify us of any of dead links that you come across on these pages. Thank you!


Access through Signum*

*For current faculty, staff & students only; for more information, log in to your Signum Account, then navigate to our pages on SU’s Digital Campus.

Research tip: There are many other journals on JSTOR to which access is not provided through Signum – but you can still get limited access to them if you create a free account!

For more info: https://support.jstor.org/hc/en-us/articles/115004760028-MyJSTOR-How-to-Register-Get-Free-Access-to-Content

Access through other libraries

  • If you live near a public library, make sure your card is active and up-to-date! You may also be able to use the libraries at colleges and universities local to you and even purchase an annual membership to checkout materials.
    • For physical materials (books, DVDs, etc), check Worldcat to see which libraries closest to you own it.
  • Many public libraries subscribe to databases like Overdrive (for ebooks & eaudiobooks) and Mango Languages (for language practice and learning). You may also have access to other academic databases through on-campus use of local college and university libraries, even without a formal membership.
  • Ask a librarian or check your local library’s website for information on how to use that library’s interlibrary loan service for any other materials not accessible through your local libraries or Signum. (Interlibrary loan is not yet supported at Signum.)