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Open access & free resources
Open Access means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Resources are free to use without a log-in or password. Sources of Open Access research are listed below along with links to sources of other freely available materials.

Publisher sites

Bioline International - Provides open access to peer reviewed bioscience journals published in developing countries containing research in the areas of: public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security, and biodiversity

Biomed Central - Online publisher of free peer-reviewed scientific articles in all areas of medical research and biology

Cambridge Journals Digital Archives - Free archival content to 171 journals published by Cambridge University Press covering many disciplines including: Science, Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Language and Linguistics

IAMCR Open Access Journals - International Association for Media and Communication Research 

IOP Journal Archive 1874-1998 - Free archival content via JISC to all UK Higher and Further education institutions.  IOP Journal Archive is a digital collection of nrealy all the work published by the Institute of Physics between 1874-1998.  The archive contains over 120,000 peer reviewed articles

JSTOR - (Scholarly Journal Archive) is an online archive of core scholarly journals covering all disciplines

Sage Open - A peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research and review articles on the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities

Science Classic Archive 1880-1996 - Archive articles from Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Springer Open - 160+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of sciences

Wiley Open Access Journals - Open access science journals

If you are a researcher wishing to publish in an Open Access journal, you can find more information in our Open Access  area of the library website.


Open Access collections and repositories

BASE - More than 50 million freely available academic papers on all subjects
Bioline - Not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality bioscience journals published in developing countries
BioOne - Open access biomedical science journals
CORE - Free access to millions of scholarly articles
DOAB - Directory of Open Access Books
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
Euro PubMed Central 570,000 Open Access biomedical science journals, patent abstracts and NHS clinical guidelines
OpenDOAR - Searches hundreds of Open Access repositories for freely available academic research articles
Open Textbook Library - A growing catalogue of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
OAPEN Collection of freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences
PLOS - Non-profit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature freely accessible to scientists and to the public Health and life sciences journals

Sources of other free materials

Google Scholar - Scholarly search engine. Use this to identify suitable articles but remember that you may not be able to access the full text
Google Books - Find chapters and some complete books online, or search for suitable titles to buy or find in the Library
Hathi Trust - Millions of digitised books from around the world

OER Commons - Open Educational Resources in the areas of Education, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences & Technology, Mathematics & Statistics
Pubmed Central - a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)

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