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Alumni: Find Free & Open Information

Free & Open Resources

Check out the public library closest to you. Your local public library system may offer many resources, including:

  • Print books, magazines, and newspapers
  • eBooks and eMagazines
  • Streaming film, videos, music, and audiobooks
  • Databases
  • eReaders and/or tablets
  • Helpful librarians

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Michigan eLibrary is an amazing resource!

If you are in the state of Michigan, you can use MeL. You can access books from libraries across the state (delivered to your local public library), and MeL provides free access to ebooks, audiobooks, videos, online magazines, newspapers, journals, and more.

Looking for more scholarly information? Search for Open Access, free journal articles by using the Directory of Open Access Journals. You can access every article without paying a fee. Find a list of subject areas here.

Some companies offer free versions of databases that libraries subscribe to. These free versions often contain fewer resources or limited full-text access than the version that libraries pay for (i.e. free versions may contain citations only, and not a PDF or the full text) .

JSTOR offers a free version of their database. If you'd like more in-depth access to sources, you can pay a yearly or monthly fee.

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