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HillCrest at UIOWA

Guide for non-UI students to virtually engage with the UI Libraries, learn searching techniques and how to evaluate information.

Free Open Access Resources

As students at Hillcrest Academy, you have access to select resources. These resources are available to everyone, regardless of their affiliation. Many of these resources are available to you through Open Access, in which resources are made freely available or licensed to use without a subscription.

If you have questions about what you can access, ask us! 


Free and Open Access Resources:

JSTOR Home  

JSTOR is a library resource that collects scholarly and academic research journals and articles.

You can access some of JSTOR's content for free. Check it out!

JSTOR - Open and Free Content

The JSTOR database also publishes academic and scholarly articles that are open to the public, meaning they are free and accessible to everyone. 


This is the news publication where you can read about current events through a scholarly or academic lens. 

Google Scholar

Search for free, accessible scholarly articles across a wide variety of topics and academic disciplines. 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ a collection of freely-available academic journals in multiple disciplines. 

Local Resources

Kalona Public Library

Did you know that your public library has online resources, including databases you can access with just a library card?

Kalona Public Library has access to Credo, where you can find background information on all subjects and topics and Academic OneFile, where you can find scholarly journals and articles across hundreds of subjects and disciplines. 


Welcome and How to Find Help

Welcome to the University of Iowa Libraries! This guide serves as a resource to help you learn more about our libraries and the resources available to you. In this guide you will find:

We can help! You don't have to be a student at the University of Iowa to speak with us! There are a number of different ways you can get help from us and ask us questions.

Here are some things we can help you with:

  • Help with citations

  • How to find information on your topic using any of the resources that are available to you. 

  • How to frame your topic or get feedback on your research

  • Available resources in your area and how to connect with others who can help

How you can contact us:

Chat with a librarian

Email a librarian

Email me directly at

Searching InfoHawk+

InfoHawk+ is the public interface to search the UI Libraries catalog, including our book and media collection, ebooks and journals titles, plus some of our most used and useful databases. As students at Hillcrest you are able to search InfoHawk+ to find open access or freely accessible journal articles that you can access without a HawkID. 

Here's how:

Step 1: Type in the keywords for your topic in the InfoHawk+ search bar:

Step 2: On the left side, select Open Access under availability and select Refine.

Step 3: You should now see Open Access in your results.

Step 4: Next, select articles under resource type and select refine. 

Step 5: You should now see Open Access and Articles applied to your search and your results should only contain open access articles.


Step 6: To get the article, select the green link for "full text may be available" or the link to download the PDF, if it's available. You can download or email yourself the article. If you have any trouble accessing the full article, please contact us through Chat.