Open Access & Library Resources

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!

Library Access

Access through Signum for current faculty, staff, and students:

  • Project Muse – Humanities Collection
  • JSTOR – Literature & Language Collection
  • Signum’s Master’s Thesis Collection

Log in through our subscription page using your Signum email credentials.

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:

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.)

Open Access

Institutional Repositories and Digital Libraries

Open Access Discovery Tools

Open Access Books

Academic Social Networks

Other Helpful Websites

General Reference Sites

Citation Help & Tools

Writing Sites

General Literature Sites

General Poetry Sites