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Life Pacific University Alumni Library: Free / Alumni Resources

Finding Free Resources

Definition - What is Open Access (OA)

There are many degrees and kinds of wider and easier access to this literature. By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Theses and Dissertations

Theses and Dissertations have their own page. From the top tab "Resources", click on the arrow and look for "Theses and Dissertations". Both databases are open access.

Finding Free Resources

These are not all of the free resources that are available or recommended by Life Pacific. On the right, is a link to our "Best Resource Chooser". Click that and then use the drop down boxes to filter your needs. "Free / Alumni / Open Access" resources are freely available to anyone. You can also narrow by subject of interest.

eBooks (inc. Dictionaries and Encyclopedias)

Best Resource Chooser

Academic Databases and Journals

Google Scholar

1 – go to
2 – login using an existing Google account, or create an account if you don’t already have a gmail account.
    The reason to login is, you can save searches in your “library” and you can search within libraries that you have access to.
3 – the first time in Google Scholar, go to <settings> along the top of the first page.
4 – click on <library links> and search for any libraries that you have authorized access to. As a member of the Life Pacific community, you should search for LPC and select the one that reads "Get from LPC". You should ignore the others, they are old and not connected to our current catalog. You may select up to five different catalogs/libraries. When you have selected your libraries, click <save>.
5 – The basic search box is now front and center on your page. Click on the small arrow/dropdown menu at the right of the search box. This will open the “advanced search box.”
6 – Fill in as many of the boxes with the information you have. When you are finished, press the magnifying glass/search button.

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