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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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E-R Imprese

The thematic portal "E-R Imprese" is a communication project of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Council that deals with the bibliography of studies on tourism


Database of prohibited or restricted substances, which brings together uniformly and succinciously the basic information on prohibitions, restrictions and authorisation requirements established at European level for substances with the following indications of danger: substances classified as carcinogens, mutagens and substances toxic to reproduction (CMR); Persistent, Bioaccumulable and Toxic Substances (PBTs); very persistent and very bioaccumulable substances (vPvB); persistent organic pollutants (POPs); substances harmful to the ozone layer.

Rete italiana dei centri di documentazione europea

Multidisciplinary database offering students, academics and citizens an integrated information and documentation service on EU activity. The documents are mostly downloadable in pdf.

Risorse di Architettura / Wikipedia

Repertorio di siti web di qualità di Architettura.

Risorse web per l'ingegneria edile, l'architettura e l'urbanistica / SBA Università di Pisa

Repertorio di risorse Internet ad accesso libero per gli studenti di ingegneria edile e di architettura a cura di Claudia Lamberti, Sistema bibliotecario di Ateneo dell’Università di Pisa.

ROAD - Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources

Directory delle risorse open access accademiche gestita dall'ISSN International Centre con la collaborazione del Communication and Information Centre dell'UNESCO. Consente l'accesso a migliaia di riviste, atti di convegno, serie monografiche, depositi istituzionali, blog universitari. Il materiale disponibile è esclusivamente di ambito accademico, di respiro internazionale, relativo a tutte le discipline scientifiche e umanistico-sociali.


ROAR is a register of open access repositors that provides timely information on the growth and status of deposits around the world.


The Register of Open Access Archives Mandates and Policies (ROARMAP) is an international online register that tracks the growth and evolution of open access policies adopted by universities, research institutes and financiers.

RSC Publishing

The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes about 44 free-access scientific journals covering basic chemical sciences, including related subjects such as biology, biophysics, energy and the environment, engineering, materials, medicine and physics.


Sherpa/Romeo is a free information service that classifies the editorial policies of major foreign publishers within the scientific/technical/medical sector. By searching, you can know whether or not you are allowed to publish a particular scientific article to an open-access repository.