The Open Access Pacific Research Portal aggregates over 1000 online sources, containing millions of academic and government publications from the Pacific region, and makes them discoverable through a customised Google search.
The research portal is intended to assist users without access to paid journal subscriptions by providing an easy way to access and search many of the major open access resources online.
The search function is a customised google search. Unfortunately this means that the search sometimes will include advertisements at the top of the page.
The research portal is an initiative of Rohan Fox and the Development Policy Centre. For more information about the background and creation of the portal, see this blog.
There are a number of other excellent options to access quality information and academic articles for free online. We suggest users try out all options to work out what combination works best for their area of research.
pacificdata.org – The Pacific Data Hub collates several sources of diverse data and reports on the Pacific
scholar.google.com – Google Scholar is an excellent resource for searching the internet for academic articles. However, some articles may not be open access.
core.ac.uk – CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. The search function does not include Pacific government department websites and research organisations.
jurn.org – Jurn.org also uses a customised google search to search 5000 websites with open access academic articles. The search function does not include Pacific government department websites and research organisations.