What is Open Access?
Simply put open access offers access to content for free. Open access can be useful for your research but it is also something for you to think about as you create your own work.
There are two types of Open Access that you can use to make your work freely available
See some of the resources below for more information.
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Digital Commons offers you a selection of access restrictions for sharing your work:
1. Open Access. Your thesis will be discoverable via Google and other search engines. Open Access serves the scholarly community by sharing your research with others around the world; exemplifying the nature of graduate work done at Sarah Lawrence College.
2. Restricted for one year; then Open Access. Delay release of the entire work for one year from date of graduate for publication or other proprietary purposes. After one year, release for worldwide Internet access.
3. Restricted for two years; then Open Access. Delay release of the entire work for two years from date of graduation for publication or other proprietary purposes. After two years, release for worldwide Internet access.
4. Access restricted to SLC only. Allow access only on the Sarah Lawrence College campus and to current Sarah Lawrence College community members via DigitalCommons@SarahLawrence. Note: Consistent with past practice, the thesis will also be available to other libraries via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
For more information on Graduate student permissions see the Graduate Student page.
Permissions forms can be found here.
As a part of a scholarly community your work is your discourse. With open access you have the ability to make your work open to a global community of scholars so that they may benefit from your research and continue to build upon that conversation.