The Ashworth College Library:
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Welcome to the Library

Start with some general Research Resources (below)

Research Resources


  • Primary library resource available for our students
  • Contains resources from 5993 publications, including 2024 scholarly journals and 1752 trade journals
  • Specific subject search options for resources in the fields of business and criminal justice
  • ProQuest is accessible at the Student Library link in your Student Portal
  • This will take you to an intermediate page with a link that says “Ashworth College Library”
  • Selecting this link will take you to the ProQuest search interface
  • We recommend viewing this ProQuest Tutorial series, especially the following videos:

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Digital Commons Network

  • The BEPress Digital Commons Network is an open source institutional repository which makes the scholarly output of several universities and institutions freely available
  • Contains 613,066 works from 265 institutions
  • Covers ten major subject areas including law, social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, physical sciences and mathematics, life sciences, education, engineering, medicine and health sciences, and business
  • A tutorial on using the Digital Commons Network can be found here

Digital Public Library of America

  • Brings together free resources from America’s archives libraries, archives, and museums
  • Striving to contain the full breadth of human expression, this portal currently provide access to over 5,000,000 resources
  • Use the bookshelf tab or the search bar to navigate to the search interface or find resources on a particular topic

Directory of Open-Access Journals

  • “The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”
  • Aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content”
  • “In short, the DOAJ aims to be THE one stop shop for users of open access journals.”
  • Thousands of open access journals with full text articles

Internet Public Library

  • Repository of over 10,000 reference articles


  • Bookboon, is an online book publishing company based in London, United Kingdom
  • Offers PDF eBooks which can be downloaded for free on the company’s website
  • All available books are exclusively written for Bookboon by professors and experts within their fields of expertise. Subjects range from travel guides and business to university textbooks

MERLOT Textbooks

  • MERLOT has one of the largest collections of open textbooks with thousands of free open textbooks in the collection
  • Textbooks are searchable by topic or using Advanced Search tool to find open textbooks by audience, format, license, etc.

OER Commons

  • OER Commons is a freely accessible online library that provides a web-based infrastructure for teachers and others to search and discover Open Educational Resources (OER) and other freely available instructional materials

Open Academics from the University of Minnesota

  • Open textbooks are complete textbooks released under a Creative Commons, or similar, license
  • Instructors can customize open textbooks to fit their course needs by remixing, editing, and adding their own content
  • Students can access free digital versions or purchase low-cost print copies of open textbooks.

Open Stax College

  • OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses
  • These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers

Textbook Revolution

  • Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms
  • On this site you’ll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources
  • Some books are PDF files, viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.