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Open Access Social Work Resources: Home

Free and open access scholarly resources for social work practitioners during and after their time at Simmons.

About This Guide

This guide is primarily intended for Simmons graduates and alums who need to find scholarly and evidence-based materials when they no longer have remote access to the Simmons Library. However, the guide may also be useful for anyone looking for open access social work resources. It includes some tips and tricks for staying up to date as well as lists of free, open access databases, journals, and other resources.

Questions? Suggestions?

Do you have suggestions for additions to this or other pages on the guide? Please send them to Beatley Library at

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Library Services for New Graduates

Changes in Library Services After Graduation...

  • After graduation from Simmons University, new alums will no longer have access to Simmons Library databases, e-books, streaming videos, and most online journals from off campus. Access to materials is always available by coming to the Library and using a guest computer. 
  • Alums can still check out circulating materials from Simmons Library after graduation if they have an account on the Simmons Network, and register in person at the Library Service Desk.
  • Simmons alums are free to come to Simmons Library and use a guest login to access most online materials, when the library is open. Please note that at the ends of semesters, due to peak use, access is restricted to current Simmons students and employees with ID cards. (If you need to access the Library during restricted hours, please complete the Simmons Library Request for Access form in order to set up an appointment).
  • Do take advantage of your local public library for some database access and for interlibrary loan services. You may be able to request materials owned by large research libraries and have them delivered to your local library at little or no charge. And if you're in Massachusetts, be sure to sign up for a Boston Public Library card.
  • If you do not live near Boston (or are moving away from Boston), try visiting an academic library near your location. Public universities often allow visitors guest privileges, which would enable you to search their library databases and read or print off or email full-text electronic articles at no charge. 

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