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Open access (OA) means free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. Any kind of digital content can be OA, from texts and data to software, audio, video, and multi-media. While most of these are related to text only, a growing number are integrating text with images, data, and executable code. OA can also apply to non-scholarly content, like music, movies, and novels. (UNESCO).

A publication is considered in Open access if:
  • its content is universally and freely accessible, at no cost to the reader, via the Internet or otherwise;
  • the author or copyright owner irrevocably grants to all users, for an unlimited period, the right to use, copy, or distribute the article, on condition that proper attribution is given;
  • it is deposited, immediately, in full and in a suitable electronic form, in at least one widely and internationally recognized open access repository committed to open access.
E-Library Facility by the Central Library, CBPBU :

The Central Library, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University is happy to provide a set of top-drawer open access e-resources which include e-journal, e-books, e- Thesis & Dissertations, e-Databases, Courseware and Learning Resources and e-newspapers which are available on the web. This initiative helps our Students and Research Scholars to continue their learning practice virtually in an intellectual endeavour.

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Sl. Open Access Resource Name Description
1 Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
2 Open Access Journals This publisher hosts over 700+ leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 3000 International Conferences all over the world. Obtained enormous global visibility and tremendous response from the authors and readers from all over the world inspired the publisher to maintain reputed Open Access Journals in various scientific disciplines.
3 CSIR-NISCAIR Journals Full text articles from research journals published by CSIR-NISCAIR! Full text facility is provided for all nineteen research journals viz. ALIS, AIR, BVAAP, IJBB, IJBT, IJCA, IJCB, IJCT, IJEB, IJEMS, IJFTR, IJMS, IJNPR, IJPAP, IJRSP, IJTK, JIPR, JSIR & JST.
4 Sankhya: the Indian Journal of Statistics Sankhya, the Indian Journal of Statistics is the official publication of the Indian Statistical Institute. This quarterly journal publishes research articles in the broad areas of Theoretical Statistics, Applied Statistics, Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
5 Academic Journals Academic Journals currently publishes over 100 open access journals covering art and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences and agricultural sciences.
6 Indian Journals Open Access Journals provided by Indian Journals.Com
7 Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) Publication of scientific journals has been a major activity of the Academy since its formation in 1934
8 Bioline International Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries.
9 BioMed Central A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals.
10 Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI) MDPI is a pioneer in scholarly open access publishing and has supported academic communities since 1996.
11 Public Library of Science (PLoS) PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
12 BMJ Open BMJ is an online open access journal dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas.
13 PubMed Central PubMed Central(PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
14 Indian Council of Medical Research Journals Indian Journal of Medical Research, a publication of Indian Council of Medical Research, is a peer-reviewed online journal which allows free access (Open Access) to its contents.
15 Trials Trials encompasses all aspects of the performance and findings of randomized controlled trials in health.All articles published by Trials are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.
16 Webology Webology is an international peer-reviewed journal in English devoted to the field of the World Wide Web and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation. It serves as a forum for new research in information dissemination and communication processes in general, and in the context of the World Wide Web in particular.
17 Springer Open SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.
18 Taylor & Francis Online Taylor & Francis Open Access offers a variety of publishing options to ensure your research is available without restriction, reaching the right audience for maximized discoverability and impact.
19 Oxford Academic journals Oxford University Press (OUP) is mission-driven to facilitate the widest possible dissemination of high-quality research.
20 Project MUSE Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books, journals, and digital humanities works from several distinguished university presses, scholarly societies, and independent not-for-profit academic publishers. Through our open access hosting programs, we are able to offer publishers a platform for their OA content which ensures visibility, discoverability, and wide dissemination. These materials are freely available to libraries and users around the world.
Sl. Open Access Resource Name Description
1 Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.
2 HathiTrust Digital Library HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.
3 Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
4 Million Book Project An early collection of books from the Indian scanning centers of the Universal Library Project, sometimes called the Million Books Project.
5 Free-eBooks Discover the rising stars of the writing world, & Give yourself the gift of some of the best books you can find on Fiction, Non Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Self Help, Business, and SO much more.
6 SpringerOpen books It is the open access e-books from Springer Nature.
7 Read Print Free online e-books on Essays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays, Poetry, Short Stories.
8 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare This site has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993.
9 Openstax OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. As an educational initiative, it's their mission to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom.
10 Open Library (OAPEN) The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
e-Thesis & Dissertations
Sl. Open Access Resource Name Description
1 Shodhganga, A reservoir of Indian Theses The Shodhganga@INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access.
2 ShodhGangotri: Repository of Indian Research in Progress Under the initiative called “ShodhGangotri”, research scholars / research supervisors in universities are requested to deposit electronic version of approved synopsis submitted by research scholars to the universities for registering themselves for the Ph.D programme.
3 NDLTD: Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations NDLTD Contains metadata & full text of more than one million electronic theses and dissertations contributed by 125+ member universities & consortia.
4 Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) OPATD is an indexes theses and dissertations from well-known sources and provide direct link to the full text aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
5 EBSCO Open Dissertations is a collaboration between EBSCO and BiblioLabs that brings an innovative approach to increasing traffic and discoverability of ETD research.
Sl. Open Access Resource Name Description
1 ChEMBL Open Access database of chemistry resources at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
2 ChemSpider ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing full- text and access to over 58 million structures from hundreds of data sources owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
3 Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) ERIC is a database provides access to over 1.6 million educational literature and resources.
Courseware and Learning Resources
Sl. Open Access Resource Name Description
1 eGyanKosh A National Digital Repository to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources developed by the Open and Distance Learning Institutions in the country with all rights reserved by IGNOU.
2 E-PG Pathshala E-PG Pathshala is an initiative of the MHRD under its National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT) being executed by the UGC. The content and its quality being the key component of education system, high quality, curriculum-based, interactive e-content in 70 subjects across all disciplines of social sciences, arts, fine arts and humanities, natural & mathematical sciences.
3 Vidya-Mitra An Integrated e-Content Portal for all e-content projects developed / funded under the National Mission of Education through ICT developed by INFLIBNET Centre.
4 MIT Open Courseware MIT OpenCourseWare is an online publication of materials from over 2,500 MIT courses, freely sharing knowledge with learners and educators around the world.
5 Johns Hopkins Opencourseware More than a hundred courses developed by the faculty of JHSPH, the world’s foremost institution of public health education and research.
6 Free Lecture videos The Education Marketplace. Browse and download thousands of educational content designed for students, educators and parents.
7 Open Yale Courses Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
Sl. Open Access Resource Name Language
1 The Telegraph English.
2 The Statesman English.
3 The Financial Express English.
4 Uttarbanga Sambad Bengali.
5 Anandabazar Patrika Bengali
6 Dainik Jagran Hindi.
7 Hindustan Times Hindi Hindi.

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