The scientific literature is the primary source for the ODP’s data. For the typical user who does not have access to an academic library, options are now in place for free access to published work. Several excellent resources are already in place, so we will link to them here.
For a directory of freely available (open access) journals relevant to paleontology, we encourage you to check out the following web pages:
Vertebrate paleontologist Jerry Harris maintains a list of journals publishing papers in vertebrate paleontology, including both open and non-open access publications. This list may be useful for those who are interested in searching non-open journals such as Nature for supplementary data (which is usually freely available) or for those who have institutional subscriptions. Find it here:
Beyond these links, we make special note of the journals published by the American Museum of Natural History. All of these publications – with many, many relevant measurements for a number of dinosaurs (hint, hint) – are freely available here.