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TracciarisorseOpen is a discipline index, equipped with its own internal search engine, built around the information needs of academic users. TracciarisorseOpen helps you take the most convenient path for your search!

Choose a discipline, add, if you want, a specific type of resource (dictionary, database, etc.) and explore your customized search path to retrieve reliable and quality open access information on the web.

This service is managed by the Monitoring, analysis and development of library services and digital reference office, with the collaboration of UNIPA librarians.

To date, there are about 1,000 indexed resources

TracciarisorseOpen Short Guide

It is a directory by subject, equipped with an internal search engine, aimed at meeting the information and cognitive needs of academic users.

TracciarisorseOpen has as its priority objective to index digital open access, quality, and accredited resources, belonging to the most varied university disciplines.

The user-friendly interface of TracciarisorseOpen allows not only to select the disciplinary scope but at the same time also the type of resource object of interest (database, EJournals, Ebooks, dictionary etc.) thus allowing the user to identify targeted and personalized search paths aimed at finding trusted resources on the network.

The service is aimed at students, but it is also a valid research tool for teachers, researchers, librarians, the university's technical and administrative staff, and for anyone who wants to carry out research on the net.


TracciarisorseOpen for students: it is a valid tool to find material for the drafting of papers and thesis. The disciplines indexed in TracciarisorseOpen in fact follow the university's educational offer and reflect its complex and consolidated scientific articulation.


TracciarisorseOpen for teachers and researchers: The tool facilitates scientific research by indexing accredited and quality free open access resources.

Resources for measuring and evaluating scientific productivity, resources for patent research and teaching materials for students have also been included.

TracciarisorseOpen for librarians: Provides valuable support for disciplinary reference activity and user orientation.


TracciarisorseOpen for technical and administrative staff: it is a valuable aid for office work. It is in fact possible to find legal sources of quality with free access: regulations, journals, jurisprudence, press agencies, etc.


What's inside TracciarisorseOpen?

Within TracciarisorseOpen it is possible to find indexed digital resources with free access currently selected and carefully evaluated by the Monitoring, analysis and development office of library services and digital reference with the collaboration of University’s librarians.

In selecting resources, priority was given to general disciplinary research tools particularly suitable for academic users: editorial platforms, databases, repositories, digital libraries, online catalogues, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, search engines, portals, sites, social networks, etc.

Thanks to the provision of quality open access scientific resources, TracciarisorseOpen contributes to the promotion of Open Access within the University of Palermo, which in 2004 expressed its support for the international Open Access movement by signing the Messina Declaration in support of open access to scientific literature.


Who's behind TracciarisorseOpen:

TracciarisorseOpen is a project currently coordinated by the Monitoring, analysis and development office of library services and digital reference that inherited it in 2017 from the Digital Library office that had designed the tool and put it into production in 2014 with the aim of promoting the use of electronic resources, both those of the University and open access on the network, to academic users with particular attention to the information needs of students.


Ongoing and future activities

The current presence of the Discovery Tool Service in which all the digital reserved access resources, purchased centrally by the University are indexed, together with open access resources, has led us to make a different choice in relation to the contents to be inserted: we are in fact proceeding gradually to the exclusive insertion of open access resources with characteristics and with paths dedicated to specific categories of users, updated in relation to the current study courses.



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If you know a quality and accredited Open Access resource you can report it by sending the title of the resource, the web address to reach it and a short description.

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FaoStat is the largest and most complete database (since July 2010 open access) that allows to retrieve statistical information on food and agriculture worldwide. It contains statistics for 200 countries. To access the data it is necessary to make a registration.


Archive of the main active ingredients of drugs commercially available in italy. It is possible to browse the site through the main categories in which the drugs are classified (antibiotics, painkillers, etc.) or query the database through the search engine, with which it is possible to search for the name of the active ingredient, the subcategory, or the type of pathology. For each active substance, the mechanism of action, the methods of use and known side effects and interactions are reported.


Federchimica is the National Federation of the Chemical Industry. Its objectives: to coordinate and protect the role of the chemical industry in Italy, to contribute to the formation of a correct image of the chemical industry in public opinion, to conduct studies and research that inspire and legitimization entrepreneurial choices, to contribute to the constant promotion of the quality level of the associated companies, organizing in particular initiatives in the field of innovation

Federica Web Learning / Università degli studi di Napoli

Innovativo portale di web-learning dell’Universita degli studi di Napoli che offre l’accesso libero a 300 corsi e 5.000 lezioni gratuite fruibili attraverso una grande varietà di moduli formativi e di materiali di studio: lezioni, immagini, video, link, podcast. Federica offre accesso libero anche alla Living library, un’autorevole selezione di fonti scientifiche per ogni Facoltà (riviste, e-book, enciclopedie, collane di prestigio e banche dati).


fedOA (Federico II Open Archive) is the institutional archive of the University of Naples Federico II, born in order to collect, preserve and make publicly accessible the scientific production of the University. The archive hosts the documents in electronic format deriving from the research activity of professors, researchers and PhD students of the University.
The documents currently present on fedOA are: journal articles, monographs, publications, technical reports, conference communications, doctoral thesis


Firenze University Press (FUP) – Libreria Open Access

The FUP Open Access Library is a collection of works that can be downloaded in full in pdf format. The volumes available with open access range from the Humanities and Social Sciences to Science, Technology and Medicine. Several magazines are also available

FishBase - A Global Information System on Fishes

FishBase is a database of fish species. It is one of the largest and most extensive databases accessible via the Internet. It provides data on species, such as taxonomy, geographical distribution, biometric data and morphology, habitat, ethology, ecology and population dynamics such as reproduction, genetic and metabolic data.
Currently, FishBase includes descriptions of 33,000 species and subspecies, 55,000 images, and references to 52,000 works in the scientific literature.

Fitness a 360°

FITNESS A 360° is a web community dedicated to fitness and well-being born in 2007 from an idea of Antonino Bianco (professor of Fitness and Training Methodology at the University of Palermo). The blog is managed by Antonino Bianco in collaboration with the students of the Courses of Studies in Motor and Sports Sciences of the University of Palermo.

Fonti di informazioni economiche e di business online / Biblioteca Mario Rostoni

 Remote tutorial with free access, by Laura Ballestra and Piero Cavaleri, which teaches the methods for finding economic and business information online.


Fossilworks is the portal that provides the tools and research indications to use the Paleobiology Database, created by hundreds of paleontologists around the world and containing information on fossil collections, individual plants and animals, taxonomic groups, references to publications, stratigraphic units, scales and time intervals. The data, used by students and researchers since 1998, is updated daily and can be downloaded free of charge contains links to thousands of free books online related to numerous disciplinary fields and in particular to the fields of computer science, physics, mathematics and medicine.


Biomedicine Open Access Ebooks Directory Biomedicine Open Access Ebooks Directory that provides instant access to over 370 manuals in pdf

Collection of open access e-books related to various literary genres: novels, short stories, novels. It also includes collections of academic texts related to various subject areas.

Free medical journals

Directory of thousands of biomedical electronic periodicals with free access.

FREE Patents

Patent database of chemistry, allows the search by structure of several compounds. consente l'accesso a migliaia di e-books e materiale full-text di ambito scientifico dei seguenti ambiti disciplinari: matematica, fisica, chimica, biologia, informatica, elettronica, economia e finanza, ingegneria, medicina. La ricerca avviene per parola chiave o per soggetto disciplinare. 


Frontiers is currently one of the fastest growing open source publishers and publishes some of the world's most cited open access journals in neuroscience, psychology, environmental sciences, pharmacology, immunology, clinical neurolology, and immunology.