The Library is continually adding to our digital resources (including ebooks, newspaper archives, databases, video tutorials and journals) available to all staff and students via our catalogue WebCat and discovery tool DelphiS.
Key resources for your subject area can be easily accessed from your online Subject Guide or see our A-Z listings using the tabs on this page.
Unpaywall, OA Button and CORE Discovery (in beta) are all Chrome and Firefox extensions that find legal open access copies of individual articles from both publishers and repositories. You can also paste an article DOI (the unique article identifier) into the OA Button and CORE Discovery search bars. Open Access Helper works the same way for iOS and Safari. Test them out with this article: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0002 (the article DOI is 10.1038/s41559-016-0002)
Kopernio: a Chrome extension that finds articles from our library subscriptions and open access versions.
Google: if you find an article that is behind a paywall, try copy & pasting the article title into a search engine. If there is a copy in a repository it will often display on the first page of search results.
Can’t find what you need?: if you can’t find a legal open access version, use the library interlibrary loan service and we will source a copy, often within 24 hours. Please do not spend your own money, or grant money, on journal articles
Articles can be made open access (OA) on the journal website (gold OA) or via institutional and subject repositories (green OA, often involving an embargo set by the journal publisher).
Both Scopus and Web of Science have a filter to select only Open Access articles. They predominantly display articles that are gold OA, not the many thousands of articles that are green OA via repositories and preprint servers.
CORE: a database that aggregates open access content from journals and repositories, useful for searching by keyword.
Dimensions: a research information database with an Open Access filter proving links to journals and preprint servers. Please note that we only have access to the free version of Dimensions.
Share: a free open data set of research outputs, useful for searching for preprints
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic many publishers and suppliers are making content temporarily freely available. This page lists these offers, in addition to new content available either through our subscriptions, or permanently open access. All of our subscription and open access resources can be found in the A-Z list, on subject pages and via our catalogues.
Availability now will not guarantee availability in the future. The access expiry date can be found beside each resource and we do not recommend academics embed these resources into learning objects. If you feel that one of these resources would be valuable to add to a reading list or for research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make best efforts to licence the item for long-term access.