A number of publishers have stepped up and made some of their online content freely available for a limited time, in response to the coronavirus crisis. Others have extended their provision to make further collections available to members of the university community.

We have gathered them together here, alphabetically, with what access is available. Click on the titles or through the specific instructions under the Access heading to get to the resources.

We’ll try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but if you find other quality academic resources freely available that are usually behind a paywall, please let us know in the comments.

All these are in addition to the online resources we subscribe to, which you can access through Library Search if you are a member of the University of Leeds. You can filter any results on Library Search to only show items that can be accessed online. Once you have searched for a title, author or keyword, you can select “available online” under the Availability drop down on the left hand menu. You’ll need to sign in so the authentication works. Contact us if you have problems accessing material.

Newly added (3 June):

British Online Archives
EDP Sciences journals
Medical Services and Warfare, Module II: 1928-1949

List of online resources

Academic Complete collection from ProQuest

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available until 28 June 2020. All of the books are available through Library Search. University login required for access.

Description:

Academic Complete offers libraries, around 150,000 multidisciplinary ebooks with unlimited, multi-user access, powerful research tools and Digital-Rights-Management-free chapter downloads.

Annual Reviews

Resource type: Journal articles in the field of life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and economics.

Access: Available until 15 June 2020. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

“To assist the many students, faculty, and researchers who are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective today, we have made our journals available to all, without access control, through Thursday April 30, 2020. On that date, we will assess the need to extend this policy.”

Biochemical Society journals

Resource type: Journals

Access: Freely available to everyone until further notice.

Description:

Portland Press is suspending paywalls on all content published across the Biochemical Society’s seven journals until further notice. This means access to articles will be freely available to all, whether working remotely or in a laboratory, across the globe

Bloomsbury Collections

Resource type: Online resource collections

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Bloomsbury has made a number of its collections available on trial until the end of May. They are:
Arcadian Library Online: A “privately-owned library, which respects and celebrates the centuries-old interface between Europe and the Middle East”
Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts: “Searchable access to over 170 books which combine visual inspiration with practical advice on idea generation, research techniques, portfolio development and more, across the main visual arts disciplines”
Bloomsbury Cultural History: This is a “fully cross-searchable digital resource that engages with culture throughout the ages from antiquity to modernity”
Bloomsbury Design Library: This collection offers “scholarly coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day”
Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies: This collection provides “systematic and comprehensive coverage of education and childhood studies around the world”
Bloomsbury Fashion Central: Collections providing ebooks, business cases and images on fashion subjects including “construction, draping, fashion business management, history, illustration, journalism, marketing, promotion, theory, pattern making, styling, product development, sustainable fashion, textiles, and more”
Bloomsbury Medieval: “High-quality secondary content with visual primary sources, a brand new reference work and material culture images into one cross-searchable platform”
Bloomsbury Popular Music: This resource “brings together leading scholarship and interactive tools across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology”
Drama Online: This collection contains content from Antiquity to the present day and features “streaming media: filmed live performances from Shakespeare’s Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A Theatre Works”
Human Kinetics Library: This collection features “cross-searchable ebooks and videos from the world’s leading educational publisher for fitness, exercise, coaching and sport”
Screen Studies: This is “a dynamic digital platform taking users from script to screen and beyond – offering a broad range of content from Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and the British Film Institute to support moving-image studies”
Theology and Religion Online: This collection “offers students and scholars a richly layered resource devoted and dedicated to research, study, and teaching in Theology, Biblical Studies, and Religious Studies”

British and Irish women’s letters archive

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

British Online Archives

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

A collection of primary source documents from both public and private archives.

British Periodicals, collection IV

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Cambridge University Press

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available until 29 June 2020. Students in the United States will also be able to access free e-book versions of textbooks through VitalSource. University login required for access.

Description:

All 700 textbooks published and currently available in HTML format on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased.

Colonial State Papers (1574 to 1757)

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

Resource type: Information about current Coronavirus research

Access: Most of the resources are freely accessible but some may ask for an OpenAthens sign-in

Description:

The Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services team has produced this resource to help researchers find information about Covid-19 as it is published.

Covid19 Research Resources

Resource type: Collection of resources for Covid-19 research

Access: Freely available

Description: 

Content related to Covid-19 to support researchers working on the virus, from a number of publishers.

Digimap Pilot

Resource type: GIS datasets

Access: Available until 31 July 2020. University login required for access.

Early European Books, parts 15 and 16

Resource type: Early printed books

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Includes parts 15: Religion and Science, and 16: French Culture and Etiquette.

EDP Sciences journals

Resource type: Science journals

Access: Available until 31 August 2020. Freely available to everyone.

Elsevier: ScienceDirect textbooks

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available until 31 July 2020. You need to login to Science Direct through the catalogue in order to download any of these textbooks. University login required for access.

Description:

326 additional textbooks are currently available through ScienceDirect.

Equinox Publishing

Resource type: Ebooks and journals

Access: Freely available until further notice

Description:

All journal issues published in the last 12 months will be opened and all new issues will be freely accessible until the crisis abates. Anyone compiling remote learning material and wishing to incorporate Equinox journal or book material should contact Equinox to arrange free access to specific materials for the duration of the course module.

GeoScienceWorld ebooks

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

Ebooks published by American Association of Petroleum Geologists, NRC Research Press, Clay Minerals Society, Geological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Geological Society of London, SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, University of Wyoming.

Guilford Press Journals

Resource type: Journals

Access: Available until 31 July 2020. University login required for access.

IGI Global

Resource type: Ebooks and journals

Access: Available until 15 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Working in close collaboration with expert researchers and professionals from leading institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Tsinghua University, and Australian National University, IGI Global disseminates quality content across 350+ topics in 11 core subject areas. All of these publications have been contributed by over 100,000+ industry-leading researchers and experts worldwide, ensuring that each title contains the most emerging and timeliest research.

Harper’s Bazaar Archive

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers

Resource type: Newspaper archive

Access: Available until 8 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

This collection contains 22 English language newspapers published in China between 1832 and 1953.

Historical Newspapers: Major US Newspapers

Resource type: Newspaper archive

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description: This collection contains four American newspapers:
Chicago Tribune
Washington Post 
Wall Street Journal 
Los Angeles Times

History Vault – Black Freedom 4

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

JoVE

Resource type: Videos of scientific experiments from the top laboratories around the globe.

Access: Open JoVE through Library Search available until 15 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Isolate key scientific concepts and visualise them to increase learning comprehension with video textbooks in Biology and Social Psychology.

Simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations of scientific fundamentals with the video library in 8 STEM fields: JoVE Science Education.

Lab Manual brings the lab home with comprehensive, curriculum-focused videos for introductory biology lab courses.

JSTOR

Resource type: Journal articles in public health

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

26 newly released journal archives in public health. Topics addressed include Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, Occupational and Environmental Health, Health Equity and the Culture of Health, Aging, Bioethics, and Health Promotion.

Library of Congress Open Access ebooks

Resource type: Ebooks.

Access: Open Access.

Medical Services and Warfare, Module II: 1928-1949

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 14 August 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Includes content from Leeds University Library’s Special Collections.

MIT Press ebooks

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available until 31 May 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

More than 2,700 MIT Press ebooks on a variety of subjects. Key subject areas covered in the complete collection include art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences.

Microbiology Society

Resource type: Journals

Access: Available until further notice. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

The Society has decided to temporarily remove the paywall from its journal platform.

“The extraordinary and global efforts made to curb the spread and impact of SARS-COV-2 mean that many microbiologists will be away from their workplaces and may find online access to resources compromised.”

Music Online: Classical Scores Library

Resource type: Music scores

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Contains more than 50,000 classical scores dating ranging from the Middle Ages to the present.

University of Michigan Press

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available for the remainder of the (US) academic term. University login required for access.

Description:

All content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read (not to download).

National Theatre archive

Resource type: Theatre performances and transcripts

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Newspaper Archive

Resource type: Newspaper archives

Access: Available until 15 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

Access more than 400 years of newspapers from 33 countries – over 250 million pages.

North American women’s letters and diaries archive

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Ohio State University Press

Resource type: Ebooks

Access: Available for the duration of this crisis. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

All Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank.

Periodicals Archive Online, collections 1 to 10

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Project Muse

Resource type: Ebooks and journals

Access: Available temporarily. Freely available to everyone.

Description:

Vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers.

“In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform.”

Revolution and protest

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Security Issues Online

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

Statista

Resource type: Statistical database

Access: Available until 15 July 2020 University login required for access.

Description:

Business data for markets and industries from around the world, featuring the new Global Survey service. To access this resource, scroll down to the Off Campus section and select University of Leeds from the list.

Women’s Wear Daily Archive

Resource type: Historical documents

Access: Available until 7 June 2020. University login required for access.

World Scientific

Resource type: Journals in science, technology and medicine

Access: Available until 30 June 2020. University login required for access.

Description:

As a leading academic publisher, World Scientific is committed to helping the global research and teaching community by supporting our users who are facing accessibility challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. We are therefore pleased to upgrade University of Leeds’s journal access to one that includes all World Scientific journal content published from 2001. This takes effect from now, until June 30, 2020.