Referring patrons to open access resources
As I've been reading up on open access journals and open access archives (AKA open access repositories), I've been wondering to what extent I have been intentionally and unintentionally guiding patrons to these resources. I have to admit that I can't remember a time when I explicitly referred a student to search for content in an open access archive or suggested they use a tool to locate articles in OA journals.
I do know that several databases I recommend and demonstrate index OA journals (Medline is the best example of such a database), but I am curious to find out whether other databases I rely on have many OA journal titles covered. My library subscribes to over 200 databases, including large clumps of them via Proquest, EBSCOhost, and Wilson. I think I am going to do a little research project to see what OA journals are covered in a few databases. Doing this sort of a project comprehensively is probably something more appropriate for research in service of a journal article, so for now I'll maybe check to see what OA journals in library and information science are indexed in Wilson's Library Literature. I sure hope I find that my favorite OA journal in LIS is there: Evidence-Based Library and Information Science Practice.