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Open Access Resources for BASW and MSW Social Work Alumni

This guide is created to assist EWU Social Work alumni and other practicing social workers in accessing scholarly research after they have left Eastern Washington University.

What Changes After Graduation?

  • Alumni do not have off-campus access to subscription databases and journals.
  • Access to licensed, subscription resources, i.e., databases and journals is available by coming to the JFK Library in person and using our guest computers. You are always welcome to come into the library and use guest stations anytime during regular library hours.
  • Alumni can use Library Catalog to find open access articles and books.  
  • Check your local public library for databases. Some of these may include scholarly, peer reviewed materials.
  • Use your local public library interlibrary loan services for the full text of restricted access scholarly journal articles.

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and has less restrictive copyright. See SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Social Work

        Open Social Work Education

Open Social Work Education (OSWE) is a collaborative project dedicated to creating open educational resources for all standard courses social work by 2025.

Open Access Databases - Search for articles