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BITSS Preprints An interdisciplinary archive of articles focused on improving research transparency and reproducibility maintained by The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS)

CORE search open access research papers

Directory of Open Access Journals search for articles and journals in the social sciences

ICPSR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan; find and analyze data

ICPSR Data-related publications search page

MetaLib a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online

OAISTER a freely available database of over 30 million records from 1500 sources; for background on OAISTER see OCLC's webpage

Preprints the multidisciplinary search platform for early versions of research publications

Semantic Scholar search engine covering computer science research

SocArXiv Preprints open archive of social science research papers

Social and Behavioral Science Commons search the Digital Network Commons subset in the social sciences

SSOAR Social Science Open Access Repository; search over 30,000 texts from the social science fields

Social Science Research Network "Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences."

White Rose Research Online search research output from a consortium of British universities

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Directory of Open Access Journals search for journals in your field (a title search); or search for articles in the journals (articles search)

SAS Open Journals a collection of open journals in the social sciences from the School of Advanced Study, University of London

Ubiquity Press browse through the contents of open access journals in the social sciences including such titles as Architectural Histories or The Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies.


Digital Scholarship "information and commentary about digital copyright, digital curation, digital repository, open access, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues." Search Digital Scholarship.

Open access journals

Agathos an international review of humanities and social science

American Studies Journal

Cultural Anthropology

FQS Forum: Qualitative Social Research

Future Internet an open access journal

IBIMA Publishing browse and search a collection of open access journals

Journal of Open Archaeology Data "peer reviewed data papers describing archaeology datasets with high reuse potential"

Living Reviews

Museum Anthropology Review a peer-reviewed open access journal

Open Journal of Social Sciences an open access journal published by Scientific Research

The Open Social Science Journal published by Bentham Open

Research and Politics "peer-reviewed research in political science and related fields"

Review of Communication Research an open access journal

Sage Open an open access journal for the social sciences published by Sage

Social Technologies a research journal published by the Mykolas Romeris University; abstracts and article citations available

Sociological Science a peer-reviewed open access journal


Center for History and New Media George Mason University's research center

Center for Media and Social Impact a research center at American University; provides access to case studies and research reports

Issue Lab a service of the Foundation Center; the site provides free access to thousands of case studies, white papers and issue briefs that discuss pressing social problems

Luminos a collection of open access books in the social sciences from the University of California Press

Pew Research Center find research papers, publications, reports, statistics on social trends, global issues, the internet and society, politics and the media

Social Physics

Social Science Space news and information for social scientists; site is sponsored by Sage Publications

Research articles

The Anthropology of Virtual Worlds: World of Warcraft by Alex Golub. v. 43. no. 2 Reviews in Anthropology (2014). Download the article here.

Neogeography and Preparedness for Real-to-Virtual World Knowledge Transfer: Conceptual Steps to Minecraft Malta by Saviour Formosa. Vol. 6 Issue 3 Future Internet (2014).

Virtual Ethnography (a thematic issue) published in Vol. 8 No. 3 Forum: Qualitative Social Research (2007). All articles are open access.


Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People by Amara Thornton. UCL Press, 2018. Read this book for free at the UCL Press.

Alternate Reality Games for Behavioral and Social Science Research, by Ruthanna Gordon. ETC Press, 2015. Download a free version of the book from ETC Press (Carnegie Mellon University).

Coming of age in Second Life : an anthropologist explores the virtually human by Tom Boellstorff. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2008.

Ethnography and virtual worlds : a handbook of method by Tom Boellstorff. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2012.

The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind by James Boyle. Yale University Press, 2010. Download creative commons copy at

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies Edited by Eduardo Navas, et al. Routledge, 2015. Visit Routledge to view the Table of Contents. For a review of the book, see The Journal of Media Literacy Education, 2016.

What is Discourse Analysis? by Stephanie Taylor. Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Available as a creative commons publication on Bloomsbury Open Access.

What is Inclusive Research by Melanie Nind. Bloomsbury Academic, 2014. Available as a creative commons publication on Bloomsbury Open Access.

What is Qualitative Research? by Martyn Hammersley. Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Available as a creative commons publication on Bloomsbury Open Access.

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