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Open Access: The Social Science

Cognitive Sciences

Visit Cogprints, an archive of open access papers in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and as well as areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, medicine, anthropology other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that pertain to the study of cognition.

Social Sciences Open Access

Library and Information Science

  • E-LIS
    E-LIS is an international Open Archive for Library and Information Science (LIS). Over 11,500 papers have been archived to date. It is freely accessible, aligned with the Open Access (OA) movement and is a voluntary enterprise. E-LIS has grown to include a team of volunteer editors from 44 countries and support for 22 languages. The development of an international LIS network has been stimulated by the extension of the OA concept to LIS works and facilitated by the dissemination of material with
  • D-Lib
    D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience. The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community to help digital libraries be a broad interdisciplinary field, and not a set of specialties that know little of each other.


The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)serves as an archival repository of datasets as well as a resource for training researchers in quantitative methods.  Begun in 1962, ICPSR is the largest social science data archive in the world.  Content consists of approximately 62,000 datasets and over 7,000 studies with half a million files.  Subject areas covered range from social science topics such as economics and politics to sociological issues such as unemployment and drug abuse and include individual data files as well as links to fulltext content where available.  This resource is a very good source of government data.  The database offers assistance with exporting, citing sources and receiving data from researchers who wish to share their findings.

One special feature of ICPSR is its partner & projects page, listing websites dedicated to particular topics and areas of study on a variety of social issues (for example, minorities, aging, voting behavior).  Subject matter focuses largely on underrepresented groups.

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