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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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BIB-WEB. Bibliografia italiana delle biblioteche del libro e dell'informazione

BIB-WEB is an annotated bibliography focusing on Italian papers in Library and Information Science (LIS) and other topics of interest for Italian libraries. Subjects covered include Archival science, Bibliography, History of Book, Typography and Publishing, History of reading and Reading promotion activities, Books for children and Young adults. By now, BIB-WEB comprises bibliographic data from 1992 to 2001.


Interactive periodic table containing information on all chemical elements.

WebLab: laboratorio virtuale di fisica

Selezione di materiale didattico utile per lo studio e la didattica della Fisica, a cura del Dipartimento di Protezionistica Ambientale, Sanitaria, Sociale ed Industriale dell'Università degli studi di Messina.


Website that provides simple and concrete tools of work and online promotion for psychological and social professions. Webpsy is a laboratory of ideas and professionalism, born with the aim of making the psychologist's work easier and more effective. Within the site you can download over 80 million scientific articles for free.


It is a project that develops and distributes open access textbooks and manuals, issued under the CC-By-SA license. Wikibooks is run by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit association for the dissemination of free knowledge, which also includes the Wikipedia project.

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Wolphram Alpha

Innovativo motore di ricerca scientifico che si basa esclusivamente su dati certi e oggettivi e dà risposte esatte alle interrogazioni fatte dagli utenti, invece di offrire una lista di collegamenti ad altri siti web. Attualmente l'ambito disciplinare coperto è incentrato sulle discipline tecnico-scientifiche (matematica, fisica, chimica, biologia, astronomia, meteorologia, etc.). Il motore è particolarmente versato nell'ambito dell'analisi matematica: consente di effettuare equazioni e operazioni matematiche complesse e di risolvere formule matematiche in pochi secondi. 

Working papers / Dipartimento di Studi Sociali e Politici Università degli studi di Milano

A series of working papers with access to full-text, published by the Dipartimento di Studi Sociali of the University of Milan, covering a wide range of issues in social sciences: immigration, job market, religion, politics, global change, ethnic issues, prositution, rights of children and young people.

Metamotore di ricerca che interroga contemporaneamente numerose fonti (banche dati scientifiche nazionali ed internazionali, cataloghi di biblioteche scientifiche, archivi con spogli di articoli e portali per le scienze) provenienti da più di 60 paesi del mondo. I risultati vengono presentati per rilevanza; offre il servizio di Alert.