Open Access


Databases under the “Open Access” group are those you DO NOT need a “Username” and “Password” or “Access Code” to access. You can access the Open Access databases from any location.

Below is a list of Open Access databases.

  • African Law Library
    The African Law Library (ALL) is an innovative online portal available free of charge to all those interested in African law and governance. Established in 2012, the Library is an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa

  • American Doctoral Dissertation
    This database has been expanded to offer greater coverage of 20th-century research as well as access to full text.
    Initially, the research database provided access to the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities between 1933 and 1955, the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities. However, the newly enhanced database includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 80,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.

  • BMJ Publishing Group
    This site hosted by the British Medical Journals Group provides, free access to the electronic version of its 23 specialist medical journals to developing countries.

  • Digital Library for Earth System Education
    The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing:

    * Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
    * Access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings
    * Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources
    * Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education

    DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

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  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
    The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an open access licence. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

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  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The project defines open access journals as scientific and scholarly journals that meet high-quality standards by exercising peer review or editorial quality control and “use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access”. The aim of DOAJ is to “increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact”.

  • e-Journals.org
    Provides links to e-journals in all subject fields. Also lists journals with free online full text articles.

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  • Elsevier Open Science Open Access Journals
    All articles in the Open Science Open Access Journals which are published by Elsevier have undergone peer review and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

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  • European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
    This archive is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. This authoritative bibliography is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide, and a valuable index for libraries, researchers, and individuals interested in European works that relate to the Americas.

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  • Genocide Studies and Prevention
    An International Journal provides a much-needed forum for discussion, as it fosters awareness of the atrocities linked to genocide while promoting the necessity of prevention.

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  • GreenFILE
    GreenFILE has extensive multidisciplinary coverage. It covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. This research database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 850,000 records and open access full text for nearly 13,000 records.
    Key journals include Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Forest Ecology & Management, and International Journal of Green Energy.

  • Gutenberg Library Online
    Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.” It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books.

  • Highwire
    This is a consortium of scholarly societies, university presses, and publishers, partnering to create an online collection of fully searchable research and clinical literature, free for developing economics.

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  • Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts
    This research database provides indexing and abstracting for key library and information science journals, books, research reports and more. It is EBSCO’s intention to provide access to this resource on a continual basis.
    Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 600 core journals and more than 120 selective and priority journals. Coverage in this research database extends as far back as 1960. LISTA also includes author profiles and a robust thesaurus.

  • Library of Congress Magazine
    Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) is published bimonthly to tell the Library’s stories, to showcase its many talented staff, and to share and promote the use of the resources of the world’s largest library.

  • Linguistics Library Online
    The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is a section within the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is itself a division of the American Library Association. WESS is professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries

  • LOAF
  • Library On A Flash is an application that was conceived by the Office of Technology and Digital Services (OTDS) of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola. In its (AUN) mission as a Development University, AUN has gathered hundreds of FREE e-books, links to peer-reviewed journal articles and access to both local (Nigerian) and international news sources. The following is a list of grouped resources and a brief description or each grouping:

    e-Books – A collection of over 800 e-Books grouped into 26 different subject headings. These books are free to download and read, and no Internet connection is needed to access them. There are also 53 e-books targeted for secondary schools and grouped in to 13 subjects.

    Open-Access Resources – There are 237 links to online resources and grouped into subject areas that provide free access and download of resources (e-books, journal articles, etc.) Internet connection is required to access these resources.

    e-Books websites – A collection of websites where you can download e-books for free.

    Subscription Databases – These resources are generally the databases you would find in a world class academic University Library. A subscription is required to download articles but most of these databases would allow you to perform searches without subscribing. Also, users would have to be connected to the Internet to access the databases in this category. There are 34 links in the databases section.

    Finally, there are also 6 workbooks (PDF format) and 6 radio broadcasts (audio) for the TELA Project as well as 41 story books (PDF format) for the STELLAR project aimed at primary school students.

    NOTE: Access to this database is only available in the library

  • Medline Plus
    It is “an authoritative free website where the public can find health information in more that 40 languages”

  • MIT Online Course Materials
    MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • National Academies Press Databases
    The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy.

  • Open Access Journals
    Open Access Initiative is committed to making genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community without restricting the access of published content. This publisher hosts over 700+ leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 3000 International Conferences all over the world. Obtained enormous global visibility and tremendous response from the authors and readers from all over the world inspired the publisher to maintain reputed Open Access Journals in various scientific disciplines. The journals have over 15 million readers and the reputation and success earned can be attributed to the strong Editorial Board which contains over 50,000 eminent personalities that ensure a rapid, qualitative and quick review process. More than 1000 International Societies are supporting in making scientific information Open Access. International Conferences are rendering perfect platform for global networking for the renowned speakers and scientists across the globe through a most exciting and memorable scientific event filled with much enlightening interactive sessions, world class exhibitions and poster presentations.

  • Online Digital Library services
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

  • SAGE Pure Gold Open Access Journals

    The following lists the pure gold open access journals published by SAGE. All articles published in the journals provide worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of articles online, immediately on publication under a creative commons license. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed retaining the quality hallmarks of the academic publishing process that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional SAGE journal. Most SAGE pure gold open access journals are supported by the payment of an article processing charge (APC) by the author, institution or research funder of the accepted manuscript.

  • ScienceDirect

    ScienceDirect is Elsevier’s leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. It provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research. It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books. The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities.

  • Social Science Research Network
    Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 646,200 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 540,200 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

  • Teacher Reference Center
    A complimentary research database for teachers, Teacher Reference Center (TRC) provides indexing and abstracts for more than 220 peer-reviewed journals

  • TEEAL
    TEEAL is The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library. Launched in 1999, it is a digital collection of research journals for agricultural research and research in related sciences, with full-text articles and graphics of over 200 major journals. TEEAL is a project of Cornell University’s Albert R. Mann Library in cooperation with over 60 major scientific publishers, societies and index providers.
    Researchers, students, faculty and librarians can discover and access thousands of full-text PDF articles without the use of the Internet.
    NOTE: Access to this database is only available in the library

  • UNESCO Libraries Portal
    UNESCO Libraries Portal gives access to websites of library institutions around the world. It serves as an international gateway to information for librarians and library users and international co-operation in this area.

  • Wiley Open Access
    Wiley Open Access is a program of fully open access journals. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. The fully open access journals are published in collaboration with authoritative journals and societies as well as supported by internationally renowned editorial board members.

  • The Woman Stats Project

    The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states.”