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Covid-19: Open or Free Access Online Resources

In response to the growing need for information regarding Covid-19 and to facilitate research and teaching activities in the Coronavirus emergency period, some publishers are making freely available contents and tools usually accessible only under subscription. These resources are in addition to those already available in open access.

This page, constantly updated, highlights the main initiatives, without favouring any editorial group, producer or content aggregator.

Most of the resources can be consulted off-campus using the Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

See also Archives, publishers, agencies, scientific societies. Covid-19 initiatives.

Biblioteca Braidense - Music Division/Music Library Collection

Braidense Library lists some free music digital resources on the Music Division webpage.

Brepols Complete eBook Collection

The agreement for free access to the collection is under revision: the platform provides access to more than 1,600 Monographs & Miscellany volumes published until 2017, across a broad range of humanities disciplines. Online reading only, download is not allowed. Brepols includes In Principio: this database allows simultaneous access to up to 3 users.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.

Internet Archive: National Emergency Library

Internet Archive provides free access to more than 1.4 million digitalized books on National Emergency Library.
More information is available here.

#ioleggodigitale

More than 2 million free digital resources belonging to the ReteINDACO digital library are universally accessible on ioleggodigitale.it. Registration is not required.
#ioleggodigitale has been realized by ICCU and DM Cultura.

MIRABILE: Digital Archives for Medieval Culture

MIRABILE databases are freely accessible to staff members.

OAPEN

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) Library has recently moved to a new DSpace platform, which offers new browsing options based on license or publication type (book or chapters).
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.

Ohio State University Press

Ohio State University Press eBooks collection is freely accessible during COVID-19 emergency.

OpenEdition

Extended access to OpenEdition Books and OpenEdition Journals content during the pandemic containment period.

ProjectMUSE: free access to eBooks and eJournals

ProjectMUSE provides a list of publishers opening up their eBooks and eJournals catalogues. Each publisher designates the specific content and for how long it will be freely available on MUSE. The participating publishers' list is updated on daily basis.

Proquest: Ebooks

ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publisher imprints to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings at no extra charge.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society has temporarily removed the paywall to its journals. Here is a video illustrating The Royal Society collections.

Veneto Health Library

Veneto Health Library provides organized information about SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19 related biomedical resources.
Veneto Health Library has been realized by CORIS Consortium.

Elsevier ScienceDirect Textbooks

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Institutional users can access the entire eBooks collection via ScienceDirect platform until 31 August 2020. Access available to more than 36,000 monographs, all book series, encyclopedias, handbooks and textbooks published since 1960. Title list here.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

IOP ebooks

Beware! Joint access concluded!

In June and July 2020, free access to a selection of textbooks and other recent titles from the collection of IOP ebooks.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Springer Nature Textbooks

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Free access to a wide range of textbooks from all disciplines on the platform SpringerLinktitle list available here.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

De Gruyter

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Until 30/06/2020 De Gruyter removes journal access control to its collections of eBooks from ©1650 through ©2016.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

EBSCOhost

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Until 30/06/2020 EBSCOhost has extended access to some versions of the following databases:
Business Source Ultimate (current subscription: Business Source Complete), with a direct link from the Unipd Library Catalogue to each title on the publisher’s website.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text (current subscription: Historical Abstracts), with a direct link from the Unipd Library Catalogue to each title on the publisher’s website.
Sociology Source Ultimate (current subscription: SocINDEX with Full Text), with a direct link from the Unipd Library Catalogue to each title on the publisher’s website.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (current subscription: RILM Abstracts of Music Literature).
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Annual Reviews: backfiles are freely available

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Until 30/06/2020 Annual Reviews removes journal access control to its catalogue, and also to its backfiles.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.

Berghahn Journals

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Until 30/06/2020, free access to all Berghahn journals.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.

BIZ - Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli: unlimited-users access

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Ubidictionary has upgraded the online access to Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli: it will be available for an unlimited number of simultaneous users until 30/06/2020.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service  or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Bloomsbury Collections

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Institutional users can access more than 4,000 multidisciplinary eBooks from Bloomsbury Collections until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On  authentication.

Cambridge University Press

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Free access to some of the contents included on the platform Cambridge Core until 30 June 2020. These are the main resources:
Cambridge Histories Online: Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website;
Cambridge Companions: Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website;
Cambridge Textbooks: Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
User guides to navigate Cambridge Core are available here.

EBSCO eBook: unlimited-users access and DRM-free

Beware! Joint access concluded!

EBSCO has upgraded its eBook collection, making it DRM-free and available to an unlimited number of simultaneous users until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Harvard Business Review via EbscoHost

Beware! Joint access concluded!
Harvard Business Review Collection is directly available via EbscoHost until 31 May 2020. The collection includes the complete eBook catalogue: 400 monographs plus newly published e-books and seminal works and more than 150 article compilations included in the HBR Classics series.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

JoVE

Beware! Joint access concluded!
JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer-reviewed scientific video journal publishing texts and videos of scientific experiments realized from the top laboratories around the globe.
Free access to all JoVE Education videos until 15 June 2020. The collection is constantly updated and includes coronavirus focused content.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.

JSTOR resources during COVID-19

Beware! Joint access concluded!

JSTOR is making an expanded set freely available until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.

Loeb Classical Library - Harvard University Press

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Classical Library is making its digitalized Greek and Latin classics available with no restrictions.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title freely available until 30 June 2020.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Manchester University Press

Beware! Joint access concluded!

MUP eBook collections are available through the platform manchesterhive until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

MIT Press Direct ebooks

Beware! Joint access concluded!

MIT eBooks collectionis available until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
At the moment Off-campus connection is available only via Auth-Proxy service.

SAGE Knowledge

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Free access to SAGE Knowledge digital collections until 30 June 2020. SAGE Knowledge includes papers, videos and books and focuses mainly on Social Sciences.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

Taylor & Francis

Beware! Joint access concluded!
Free access to the full eBooks collection until 15 May 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides a direct link to each title on the publisher’s website.
At the moment off-campus connection is available only via Auth-Proxy service.

Ubidictionary: Zanichelli and Oxford University Press dictionaries

Beware! Joint access concluded!

The entire Zanichelli catalogue of bilingual and technical dictionaries and the Oxford University Press Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford Dictionary of Economics and Oxford Dictionary of Business and Management are available to institutional users: no restrictions in case of simultaneous users until 30 June 2020. All the information to navigate the platform is available here and here.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.

University of California eJournals

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Free access to University of California eJournals until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.

University of Chicago Press

Beware! Joint access concluded!
Free access to the full University of Chicago Press eJournals collection (see 2020 catalogue) until 17 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication (log in from here).

University of Michigan Press eBook Collection

Beware! Joint access concluded!

University of Michigan Press eBook collection will be free-to-read until 30 June 2020 through Fulcrum platform.

World Scientific eJournals

Beware! Joint access concluded!

Institutional users can access all World Scientific journal content (2001-2020) until 30 June 2020.
Unipd Library Catalogue provides links to each title on the publisher’s website.
Off-campus connection is available via Auth-Proxy service or the University Single Sign On authentication.