Additional Online library resources available during Covid-19 measures

In light of COVID-19, some publishers are increasing access to some of the resources below in order to support online teaching, learning and research. This list will be updated as we receive further information. 

Please note:

  • publishers may withdraw access at any time (and will certainly rescind free access as soon as the current crisis is over).
  • these resources have to be accessed through the links below (they cannot be accessed via LibrarySearch)
  • our A-Z list of subscribed resources is available on a permanent basis.

If you experience any issues with accessing these temporary resources, please email library@abertay.ac.uk

  • Annual Reviews have made all of their journal content freely available until 30th April 2020.  They offer a broad range of content in the Biomedical, Life and Social Sciences (including Economics)
  • American Psychological Association have made their APA online 7th edition style & grammar guidelines freely available until 30th June 2020. 
  • Bloomsbury Collections have provided free access to over 8000 ebooks covering arts, humanities and social sciences until the end of May 2020.  The Law collection includes access to Hart Publishing titles.
  • Cambridge Core - CUP is making their higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access during the COVID-19 crisis.  Over 700 textbooks published and available on Cambridge Core are temporarily available regardless of whether they were previously purchased.
  • Cochrane Library is temporarily offering unrestricted global access to their content.  They offer high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making - including trials and systematic reviews.  They have also made their content openly available via Wiley Online Library 
  • De Gruyter have provided temporary access to 75,000 DRM-ebooks (from 1650-2016) until 30th June 2020.   Go to Publications > Filter by User-accessible content on the right of your screen.
  • EBSCOhost eBooks are offering unlimited user access to titles that are already suscribed to.
  • EBSCO Harvard Business Review eBook Collection  EBSCO and Harvard Business Publishing are providing free unlimited user access to the Harvard Business Review E-Book Subscription Collection until 30th May 2020 - over 600 eBooks that include 400+ monographs, newly published eBooks, seminal works, and 150+ article compilations of the HBR Classics series.
  • Gale Reference Complete gives access to a huge amount of multi-disciplinary resources via 3 cross-searching platforms: Gale Power Search, Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature.  Some individual databases within Gale Reference complete are also listed below.  Gale have provided free trial access for 4 months in order to help with online learning during the pandemic.
    • Gale Power Search (gateway) is a comprehensive periodical resource that includes 5,156 full-text titles with more than 39 million database records. It includes both popular magazines, specialized journals, newspapers, and wireservices.
    • Gale Primary Sources is an integrated platform that combines Gale's digital archives into a single cross-searchable interface.
    • Gale Literature enabling users to cross-search 1.5 million primary and secondary sources and close to 500 literary journals - including 7 of Gale’s internationally focussed literary databases in one digital environment. 
    • Below are some individual databases included in Reference Complete.  However, all of this plus many more databases can searched using the 3 cross-searching platforms above.
    • Gale eBooks provides access to all Gale reference guides including series such as: Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Encyclopedia of World Biography and History of World Trade since 1450.
    • Gale General OneFile allows search by subject to over 14,500 titles, 9,000 full-text and 3,700 peer reviewed journals, hundreds of newspapers including current content from National Public Radio programs (from 1990 to present) and links to thousands of videos from NYTimes.com and Associated Press.
    • News (Gale OneFile) supplements the current full text newspaper content in Gale Academic OneFile with close to 1200 national and regional newspaper titles (active and full-text) including international and a wealth of local UK titles. Also includes regular updates to 2,300 global newspapers, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
    • Academic OneFile offers 17,000 journals including: current full text of The Economist (1988 to present), The New York Times (1985 to present), key newspapers of record such as The Times and The Financial Times as well as modern primary sources such as podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN.
    • Archives Unbound is a vast resource comprising more than 13 million pages of historical documents including: government documents, monographs, newspapers and correspondence sources from major research libraries, including the British Library, U.S. and U.K. National Archives and the Library of Congress. These 260 unique primary source collections have particular research area strengths in Britain and Empire; European Colonialism in Africa and Asia; Irish History; Nazism and the Holocaust; 20th century politics and society in the Gulf and North Africa; Arab/Israeli relations; US Foreign policy, FBI files and Civil Rights movements.
  • HeinOnline UK Academic Core is available on a free trial basis until 31st August 2020.  This package includes more than 2,600 Law journals, more than 12,000 books and treatises, government documents, and lots more.  UK Academic Core is made up of 29 UK and international databases including:  Law Journal Library, History of International Law and American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
  • IEEE Xplore have provided free access to 100s of online courses until 30th June 2020.  Courses cover engineering and technology including: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, 5G, Autonomous Vehicles, IoT, Cyber Security, and much more.  A tip sheet for the IEEE eLearning Library is available here.
  • Jisc Journal Archives are freely available until 31st July 2020.  Journal Archives is a Jisc service containing the backfiles from 8 major content providers: Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor and Francis as well as the complete run of the feminist magazine Spare Rib.
  • JSTOR are offering free access to 26 journal archives in public health until 30th June 2020.  You can access those here.  They are also offering extended access of their journal archives, primary source collections and some eBooks where institutions have an existing subscription.
  • LWW Health Library  have provided free access to their entire health library suite of resources until 3rd July 2020.  Includes access to 24 collections covering topic such as: occupational therapy, advanced practice nursing, physical therapy and oncology.  Also includes ACSM's certification suite.  Browse the disciplines to access texts, videos, self-assessments and cases.  Content is accessed via Abertay login credentials, registration of personal account is only required for additional services such as personalised self-assessment.  Please read the TOU before setting up an account.
  • Ohio State University Press: Knowledge Bank for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, all Ohio State University Press monographs and eBooks will be freely available via their institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank.  Content covers the Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  • Pearson have developed a set of free resources such as webinars on online learning and actionable articles on utilising online communication tools.  You can sign up to request access to Pearson texts and online teaching materials.
  • ProQuest eBook Central have partnered with over 110 publishers to allow unlimited user access to titles already owned by an institution until  mid-June 2020.
  • ProQuest Women’s Magazine Archive Collection 2 is freely available until 17th May 2020 - A searchable archive of leading women’s interest magazines, dating from the 19th century through to the 21st.
  • Psychotherapy.net have provided free trial access to their full collection of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Social Work videos for two months (until the end of May 2020)
  • SAGE have provided free 90 day trial access to additional digital resources in order to help with the transition to online learning.  Please note you may have to limit your search results using the 'content available to me' so only content available in the trial displays:
    • SAGE Knowledge an extensive collection of eBooks, reference works and videos are available (please note: eTextbooks are not included)
    • SAGE Video provides direct access to the video collections including: Business & Management, Counseling & Psychotherapy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Media, Communication, & Cultural Studies, Nursing, Psychology and Sociology collections.
    • SAGE Research Methods Video provides access to four video collections within the Research Methods resource (non-video resources are NOT available) including: Practical Research and Academic Skills and Data Science, Big Data Analytics, and Digital Methods Collections.
  • ScienceDirect have opened up access to their 256 textbooks until early-late June 2020.  You can view an Excel list of the titles here
  • University of California Press are offering free access to all of their journals until the end of June 2020.  Content covers Arts, Humanities and Science subjects and includes Research Methods.
  • Vital Source (eTextbooks) are allowing members of authorised institutions to add seven eTextbook titles to their bookshelves, with access until the end of June 2020.  You just need to create an account at the link provided using your Abertay email address, verify this and then you can add content.  NOTE: there is a counter at the bottom left-hand side of the screen which shows how many books you've used already.  You can view the FAQ here.  Please read the privacy policy carefully before creating your account.
  • VLeBooks (multidisciplinary eBooks) select titles from over 150 publishers will allow unlimited user access until the end of June 2020. 
  • Westlaw have given 2 months free trial access to UK Core text books and all the common law library titles to aid institutions during the pandemic.  Please note: you will be required to register when you login for the first time.  By doing so you are agreeing to the Terms of Use.  You can view the Privacy Statement here