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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

What's TracciarisorseOpen

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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E-LIS: e-prints in Library and Information science

E-LIS is an open access archive created in 2003 with the purpose of spreading open access philosophy in the fields of library and information science, and related disciplines.

EUR-Lex: Repertorio della legislazione comunitaria in vigore

Raccolta di legislazione comunitaria ad accesso libero disponibile sul sito istituzionale dell'Unione Europea. La legislazione in vigore è organizzata per argomento in venti capitoli tematici suddivisi a loro volta in sezioni e sottosezioni. E' possibile recuperare gli accordi, le direttive, i regolamenti e le decisioni.

La citazione dei materiali speciali

A useful guide to bibliographic citation for non-traditional materials: television series, films, interviews, reading performances, commercial spots, cartoons and Web 2.0 resources (facebook, twitter, youTube, blog, podcast) by the Biblioteca Piergiorgio Negro of the University of Pavia.

Le citazioni bibliografiche / Annalisa Angelilli, Loretta Manzato

A quality and easy-to-use guide on the issues of bibliographic citation, which proposes a comparison between two of the best known style manuals: Chicago Style Manual and MLA.

Le citazioni bibliografiche / SBA Università di Trento

A website collecting a number of essays to help authors to cite sources in a formally correct and coherent manner. Website topics include the Footnote system and the Author-date system for bibliographic citations, the citation of literary texts and bibliographic references.


On the website "Lexicool" you can find numerous online dictionaries divided by category. The link indicated leads the user to the interface related to the mathematical dictionary.

Lunar and Planetary Institute

LPI (Lunar Planetary Institute) website offering an open access list of astronomy journals