Open Access E Resources

Open Access E Resources

Open Access E-Resources

There are many resources where scholarly content is made freely available online without restriction. These include books, chapters, articles and many other outputs. Below is a selection you may find useful to search for materials.


Books, Chapters, Journals, Articles and more

  • AURA The University of Aberdeen institutional repository provides full text access to the University’s research outputs
  • BASE A search engine for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 150 million documents from more than 7,000 sources 
  • CORE An aggregate database of all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide
  • F1000 Research OA platform An open research publishing platform for the sciences offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs
  • JSTOR - Open and free content on JSTOR and Artstor, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary digital platform
  • Knowledge Unlatched KU facilitates open access publishing and makes scholarly content freely available to everyone
  • OpenAire One of the largest open scholarly record collections worldwide
  • Open Community Collections from Jisc feature freely accessible primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives
  • Open Humanities Press Access to peer reviewed journals and books published by the Press
  • Open Knowledge The official open access repository for the World Bank
  • UCL Press Launched in 2015 UCL Press is the UK’s first open access university press publishing both high quality books and journals


  • Directory of Open Access Books DOAB aims to promote the discoverability of open access books and provides access to many titles from academic publishers
  • OAPEN Online Library A collection of open access books
  • Open Book Publishers As well as publishing in traditional formats Open Book Publishers provide free online editions of every title in various formats


  • Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals
  • Open Library of Humanities University of Aberdeen is a supporting institution of OLH, a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing high quality peer reviewed journals
  • PubMed Central PMC is 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)
  • Wellcome Open Research Useful for medical sciences this is a platform for Wellcome funded researchers to rapidly publish their research


  • DART DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses
  • EThOS Search over 500,000 doctoral theses via the British Library and get instant access to digitised theses or scanned copies at no charge from participating institutions
  • PQDT Open Read the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge
  • Primo Access to University of Aberdeen thesis

Quick Tools to Find Open Access Articles and Chapters

  • Unpaywall Download the ‘Unpaywall’ button to Chrome or Firefox browsers to instantly find free, open access, versions of articles or book chapters
  • Open Access Button Allows you to search for open access, free of charge, versions of journal articles and book chapters
  • EndNote Click (formerly Kopernio) a browser plugin that helps you quickly access full-text PDFs by connecting you to your library's subscriptions as well as open access content
  • Find preprints and other freely available versions on sites like SSRN, and discipline-specific preprint servers


If you are unable to access an article you want to read you could always send a request to the corresponding author – many authors are open to receiving requests for articles via social networking sites or their personal website