The DOAJ indexes fully open access journals and is considered the gold standard for open access journal content.
Many higher education institutions, including WVU, require Masters degree theses and doctoral dissertations be submitted electronically, most open access. The NDLTD search engine searches across them.
Searches open access academic repositories which contain theses and dissertations as well as other scholarly content.
The search engine for the US and state governments' content, some scholarly.
A huge database of books owned all over the world and down the street. Use a library's interlibrary loan to get the book.
Search the content within the pages of books. Identify a local library to read it. If there is a Read link, then you have full access.
Search the content within the pages of books. Read ones out of copyright in your browser.
It's a new journal, especially if the publisher launched many at the same time
Title close to another well-established journal title
Not indexed in standard indexes such as Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Poorly designed web pages sometimes with sensational graphics, misspellings
No editors or the editors are not real or edit many, many journals
No clear indication of open access fees for authors to publish in the journal