Open Access E-Resources

BASW Professional Capabilities Framework

Guide to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), an overarching professional standards framework, originally developed by the Social Work Reform Board, and now managed and delivered by the British Association of Social Workers. The PCF sets out consistent expectations of social workers at every stage in their career, provides a backdrop to both initial social work education and continuing professional development after qualification, Informs the design and implementation of the national career structure and gives social workers a framework around which to plan their careers and professional development. There is an interactive tool to browse through the capability descriptions of the framework.

Bloomsbury Open Content

Database of selected research publications across a range of topics, which are published on open content licences, meaning that the full text is available online for free in html format. These titles are also available to buy as p-books and e-books.

Cambridge Open : Open Access Publishing At Cambridge

Includes a number of wholly Gold Open Access journals published by Cambridge University Press

Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in Crime & Justice, Education, International Development, and Social Welfare. Our vision We seek to bring about positive social change, and to improve the quality of public and private services around the world. We prepare, maintain and disseminate systematic reviews of research related to education, crime and justice, social welfare, and international development. We believe that a systematic and rigorous approach to research synthesis improves the knowledge base for decisions on policy and practice. Better-informed choices  by policymakers, practitioners, and members of the general public can lead to better outcomes

Complete Works Of William Shakespeare

This site has offered Shakespeare’s plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993 … The original electronic source for this server was the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare. The HTML versions of the plays provided here are placed in the public domain — website

CORE : the World’s Largest Collection of Open Access Research Papers

The mission of CORE (COnnecting REpositories) is to “aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all” (website). The CORE Portal allows to search and navigate scientific publications and open access journal articles aggregated from a wide range of Open Access Repositories (OARs)

Courtauld Books Online

Courtauld Books Online is a series of online scholarly books published by The Courtauld Institute of Art. The series includes research publications that emerge from Courtauld Research Forum events and Courtauld projects involving an array of outstanding scholars from art history and conservation across the world. The series consists of discrete books, shaped by a rigorous academic peer-review process. It is an open-access series, freely available to read online and to download without charge. The series has been developed in the context of research priorities of The Courtauld which emphasise the extension of knowledge in the fields of art history and conservation, and the development of new patterns of explanation.– website

DART-Europe E-theses portal

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses and provides a single portal for the discovery of European Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)

Directory Of Open Access Books

Searchable directory of open access e-books. It is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in open access

Directory Of Open Access Journals

Freely available full-text online journals from all disciplines.  Searchable and browsable.

Database allowing you to search over 54,000 dissertations from Sweden written in English. About half of these are available for download as a PDF

Edinburgh University Library open journals

Open access journals on the OJS (Open Journal Systems) platform provided by the University of Edinburgh Library for their academic staff and student groups to publish their work

Electronic Poetry Center

The EPC was founded in 1995 and serves as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics at the University at Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania’s PennSound PennSound, UBU web, and on the Web at large. Our aim is simple: to make available a wide range of resources centered on digital and contemporary formally innovative poetries, new media writing, and literary programming.  The EPC itself makes extensive resources available through its E-Poetry and Author libraries. These libraries provide curated lists of resources on a focused range of authors for personal use, research, and teaching. Additionally, the EPC curates lists of links to similar digital and literary projects, related book publishers, literary magazines, and other resources. In addition to the vast number of works the it makes available, the EPC offers the innovation of providing a curated collection of primary literary texts. Accordingly, texts housed at the Electronic Poetry Center are “definitive” texts as each has been approved by its producers — website.

Europe PubMed Central

Europe PMC is a unique, free, information resource for biomedical and health researchers.  Search  30.4 million+ abstracts and 3.3 million+ full text research articles from PubMed and PubMed Central. Discover  who is citing who, find related data resources and browse summaries of key terms. Access  additional content including biological patents, clinical guidelines, PhD theses and research reports — website

Frontiers Books

Frontiers Books is a bookstore-like platform that under a unique environment gathers all library services available at Frontiers. You may browse through the pages of Frontiers e-books and Abstract books, past hardcopy issues as well as other academic literature and download them for free in PDF and EPUB format — website

Independent Voices : an Open Access Collection of an Alternative Press

Drawn from the special collections of our partner libraries, Duke University and Northwestern University, the first Reveal Digital Collection – Independent Voices is a significant milestone in a four-year project to digitize the special collections of nearly 1,000 magazine, newsletters, newspapers and other archival material that has hitherto not been accessible to the wider research community. It includes over one million pages from the magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries spanning the 1960s to the 1980s. Starting with collections by feminists and the GI press, the collection has grown to include small literary magazines, underground newspapers, LGBT periodicals, the minority press (Latino, Black and Native American) and the extreme right-wing press

Literature network

Searchable on-line literature database for students and educators that has over 3500 full books and over 4400 short stories and poems by over 260 authors. Check out the recently added books, that primarily consist of classics and/or award-winners. Search for the book of your choice by using the alphabetized index listing of author names such as: John Milton, Guy de Maupassant, Herman Melville, and Emily Bronte

London Met Repository

London Met Repository is a digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by London Metropolitan University staff and researchers.

Nature Partner Journals – Open Access

Journals published by Nature Publishing Group with open access options which cover research spanning all the scientific disciplines

NCBI Bookshelf

Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare

NDLTD (Networked digital library of theses and dissertations)

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.  This website contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programmes, how to create and locate ETDs, and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs

NICE Evidence Search Health and Social Care

Searchable index of authoritative, evidence-based information from hundreds of trustworthy and accredited sources for health and social care professionals. Includes : Evidence Search — BNF : British National Formulary — BNFC : British National Formulary for Children — Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Has simplified versions of BNF and BNFC.

OAIster … find the pearls

OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors


The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance and digital preservation

Open Culture : the best free cultural and educational media on the web

Source of open access material across a range of subjects and includes audiobooks, films, e-books, textbooks,  K-12 educational resources and free language lessons, MOOCs and business courses

Open Humanities Press [e-books]

The site for Open Humanities Press, an international, scholar-led open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought available worldwide

Organic e-prints

International open access archive for papers and projects related to research in organic food and farming. The archive contains full-text papers in electronic form together with bibliographic information, abstracts and other metadata. It also offers information on organisations, projects and facilities in the context of organic farming research

Oxford Open : Open Access Journals Published by OUP

Open access journals published by Oxford University Press, covering computing, science, law, medicine and social sciences

Project Euclid : Mathematics And Statistics On-Line

Project Euclid is a not-for-profit online publishing service that provides access to journals, monographs, and conference proceedings in the fields of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Its mission is to advance scholarly communication in these fields and it is designed to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society journals. Through a collaborative partnership arrangement, these publishers join forces and participate in an online presence with advanced functionality, without sacrificing their intellectual or economic independence or commitment to low subscription prices. Full-text searching, reference linking, interoperability through the Open Archives Initiative, and long-term retention of data are all important components of the project.  The end result is a vibrant online information community for independent and society journals. This will ensure that mathematics and statistics will continue to benefit from a healthy balance of commercial enterprises, scholarly societies, and independent publishers.  Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library and is jointly managed by Cornell and Duke University Press


PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites — website.

PubMed Central

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).


Quandl is a data platform, hosting numerical data from hundreds of publishers. A repository of time-series data on the internet, tailored for academics, researchers, students and other data professionals, it allows you to quickly access financial and economic data in any format you want. Over 7 million time-series datasets in the domains of economics, finance, demography, society, markets, energy, health and education from a variety of reliable public sources: every single dataset comes with a link back to its original source, so users can always validate and attribute the data correctly.  You can find data for commodities, futures, stock indexes, interest rates, currencies;  data on real estate, energy, health, education, economics, demography and society; country-specific data for 200 countries including global stock markets; corporate data and financial ratios going back up to 10 years.

RIBA British Architectural Library catalogue

The British Architectural Library’s online catalogue. Among the many subjects covered by the collection are architectural law and practice, history, building types, such as churches, galleries and houses, guides to the architecture of specific countries or regions, sustainability and town planning

Rosa Parks Papers

Correspondence, memoranda, oral history interviews, writings, notes, statements, family papers, estate papers, financial records, address books, appointment calendars, programs, clippings, books, other printed matter, medals, drawings, photographs, and other papers documenting Rosa Parks’s civil rights activism on behalf of African Americans and her personal life. Subjects include events surrounding her arrest in 1955 for violating Montgomery, Ala., segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, as well as the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956. Includes papers relating to Parks’s work in Congressman John Conyers’s Detroit office; files from the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, an organization she founded to promote youth development and civil rights education; material pertaining to her participation in major civil rights events such as the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in 1957, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, Mississippi Freedom Project in 1964, and the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968; and Parks’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal (Congressional Award) along with material concerning other honors received by Parks.

Sage Open Access

Open access journals published by Sage to disseminate research to the community

ScienceDirect Open Access Journals

Open access journals across a range of topics. All open access articles are peer-reviewed and immediately free to access and download

Taylor And Francis Open Journals

Includes a number of pure open access journals, with no subscription content published by Taylor and Francis. The articles in these journals receive both rigorous peer review and expedited online publication

Theses Canada Portal

This website provides a central access point for Canadian theses. It allows one to search AMICUS, Canada’s national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in the Library and Archives Canada theses collection, which was established in 1965, and free access to the full text electronic versions of Canadian theses and dissertations that were published from 1998 onwards

UCL Press [e-books]

The site for UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access university press

Wiley Open Access

Program of fully open access journals published in collaboration with authoritative journals and societies. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately available to read, download and share