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Open Access Resources

Freely available academic resources

Art - Visual Arts

Open Textbook Library - Free access to textbooks on a range of subjects including The Arts

JSTOR - Free access to Art journals, books and images 

CORE offers access to nearly 900,000 visual arts research papers by aggregating all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide.

Digital Commons Network  More than 22,000 full-text art and design peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings and more.

Beauty - Make up and Hair

Google Scholar provides Hair and Make Up journal articles, pre-published papers and more. To link to Solent University's holding go into settings and set the library links to show Solent.

DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books holds  a collection of Open access textbooks relating to the beauty industry

Design - Interior and Product design

OAPEN  Open access textbooks covering a range of subjects including design. 


OAPEN  Open access textbooks, with a section on Fashion


DOAJ  Directory of Open Access Journals is an online directory that indexes and provides access to over 2,800 open access, peer-reviewed journals with a section on Photograpy


The Open Music Library is a free index of digital resources for the study of music, and is the initiative of Alexander Street Press.  It brings together details of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections.  Some may be freely available for you to access (check library catalogue to see if the library holds material not freely available and use the inter library loan service as needed).