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Posts tagged "open access"

The UNEP Knowledge Repository is the United Nations Environment Programme’s official platform for its research content and knowledge products.

The repository gives open access to UNEP’s publications, technical and assessment reports, guidelines, newsletters, journal articles and other types of information material. The repository complies with interoperability standards and supports optimal content search.

It aims to improve access to and the visibility of UNEP’s body of published work among governments, scientists, NGOs, the private sector, students and the public.

Guggenheim New York

The Guggenheim have made freely available online 100 art catalogues from their collections which provide introductions to the work of artists such as Gustav Klimt & Egon Schiele and Edvard Munch as well as themes and movements.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - MetPublications

MetPublications is a portal to the Met’s comprehensive publishing program with close to 1000 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades.

The MetPublications collection offers access to 394 free art books and catalogues in full text.

Related post

Take a look at our recent post about the British Library recently making over a million images available on Flickr commons.


In between all the studying and assignment writing it doesn’t hurt to read something for fun so this is a blog post by Open Culture that I’m sure the sci-fi readers among us will be interested in.

JournalTOCs is a free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) and can be used by researchers, students, librarians and anyone else who is looking for the latest scholarly articles.

When you register (free) JournalTOCs will alert you when new issues of your followed journals are published.

There are now over 23,000 journals from over 2000 different publishers. Of those, over 6500 are open access journals..



Day three of Open Access Week!

There are a number of sites where you can find and download for free theses or dissertations. This can be useful if you’re starting your own dissertation, or if you want to search for theses about a particular topic. Here are a few suggestions:


'EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.' In many cases full text is available immediately, or you can request it to be digitized.

PQDT Open 

'PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.' Provided by Proquest with a North American focus.

Theses Canada

Full text access to thousands of Canadian dissertations.

Image:Sam Hames (Flickr)


Open Access explained by PhD Comics.

Elsevier is the company that provides us with one of our biggest databases Science Direct.

Although you need a login to access most content on Science Direct, you’ll actually find that some articles are published as open access (open access articles are available by everyone without needing to a log in).

This is great news for those of you who may not be affiliated to a University, our retired members of staff or partner centre staff.

Elsevier have written a detailed post on accessing open access content.

Check it out now


“An open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in the current and future generations.”

Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licencing restrictions”.

Peter Suber’s Open Access Review

This week we’ll be blogging about some of the great free, open access resources that you can access online. Whether you’re looking for academic resources or information for your personal interests make sure you keep open access in mind.