Open Access is a term used to represent both an idea, that the results of publicly funded research be freely available, and a movement, characterized by various initiatives to make published scholarly literature freely available on the web.
There are three primary resources to search for open access articles relevant to social work: Google Scholar, ERIC, and PubMed.
Google Scholar primarily searches the following: academic publisher websites, Google books, insitutional repositories and .edu sites, .gov sites
ERIC is a federally supported database of education-related articles.
PubMed is a federally supported database of health-sciences related articles, including psychology, psychiatry, and public health. PubMed Central is a subset of PubMed; PubMed Central consists of all open access articles.
Directory of Open Access Journals This directory offers a list of freely available online journals, listed by subject area.