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Free and Open Access Resources

An overview of freely available and open access resources in health and medicine.


There is a wide range of free and open access resources available to support clinicians and health care professionals. Included in this guide are a selection of some of the more useful resources.

  • An increasing percentage of journal articles in health and medicine are being published open access, which means that they are available for everyone to read. PubMed and Google Scholar are both excellent search options for finding journal literature. 
  • If the article you wish to view is behind a paywall, try searching for the article in Google - the article you need may be available on a university research repository or on another open access source.
  • Check your alma mata - some universities offer alumni memberships that include access to a range of their online resources.
  • Check your college or professional association - some may have a library or provide discounted or free access to resources as part of your membership. 

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