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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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MacOdrum Library

Site of the University Library of Carleton (Ottawa-Canada) which collects a wide range of open access resources such as theses, dissertations, ebooks and journals related to multidisciplinary topics.

Materiali didattici per la paleografia

The Teaching Materials, curated by Antonio Cartelli and Marco Palma, aim to offer some working tools to those who approach the study of Latin palaeography or intend to deepen their themes and problems. The site is divided into three sections: the Tables (accompanied by transcription); the Lyrics (offer an anthology of articles or pieces concerning different aspects of culture written in the Middle Ages); the work in progress (they present educational initiatives).


Mathesia is a platform that offers companies strategic business solutions through applied mathematics. It also gives mathematicians the opportunity to participate in research projects sponsored by universities, foundations or private organizations around the world.

Math in

The Math In network provides solutions and transfers mathematical technology to the productive sectors of the company, in particular to companies and public administrations.
Mathematics provides several services: high-level scientific advice, specific and personalized training, collaboration in projects, software development, organization of IT meetings and computing resources.
The mathematics network consists of more than 30 research groups and 400 internationally renowned researchers, with extensive experience in developing solutions for the business world both independently and in collaboration with companies or teams working in other sectors.


Mathesia is a platform that offers companies strategic business solutions through applied mathematics. It also gives mathematicians the opportunity to participate in research projects sponsored by universities, foundations or private organizations around the world.


Multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed open access journals. It collects over 200 periodicals related to a wide range of academic disciplines freely accessible through the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, known as CC BY Licence.

Medical Dictionary

Medical dictionary that offers concise and easily accessible information for users looking for over-the-counter or prescribable drug descriptions, medical abbreviations, test procedures, medical research topics or diseases. More than 45,000 entries from all areas of medicine and health care are included.

Mediterranea. Ricerche storiche

Rivista di storia della Sicilia e del Mediterraneo a cura dell'Università di Palermo.

MedWin Publisher

Editorial platform of open access magazines specialized in the medical and nursing field.


Software di gestione bibliografica per Windows, Mac OS X e Linux, indirizzato alla comunità accademica, che consente di archiviare in un unico contenitore, gestire, ricercare, annotare e taggare tutti  i documenti  raccolti (prevalentemente in PDF) destinati allo studio e alla ricerca scientifica , prelevati da diversi cataloghi e banche dati. Mendeley si può utilizzare secondo una duplice modalità (web e desktop) e le due soluzioni sono sincronizzabili. Permette di importare facilmente i dati bibliografici da numerosissime fonti direttamente su MSWord e OpenOffice tramite una toolbar e di formattarli in più di mille stili citazionali.

MeSH Medical Subject Headings: traduzione italiana

Traduzione italiana, a cura dell'Istituto superiore di sanità (ISS), del MeSH,  il grande vocabolario controllato di oltre 24.000 termini, prodotto e gestito dalla National Library of Medicine (NLM), che raccoglie il linguaggio medico utilizzato nell'indicizzazione degli articoli delle riviste biomediche di PubMed/Medline ed altri archivi della NLM.

Monumenti Antichi dell'Accademia Nazionele dei Lincei

Digitization curated by the University of Heidelberg of the publications of the Proceedings of the Accademia dei Lincei, section Ancient Monuments published between 1889 and 1925. The link from the year of publication leads to an index of volumes with reference to individual pdfs. Very useful for ancient scholars who often find it difficult to find the rarest editions.


Digital archive of Latin poetry, equipped with critical apparatuses and electronic exegetes. Useful tool especially for linguistic research since it allows you to search for lexical occurrences. It consists of several sections including: epigraphica with photographic archive; witnesses or reference manuscripts; metric scanning through the use of the Pedecerto application.