Open Access Databases and Resources

We have compiled a list of some freely available scholarly resources for you to use. Check out the list of Institutional Repositories on our website also.

Biomed Central

260 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals. BioMed Central is the largest open access publisher in the world, publishing over 260 peer reviewed open access journals across the fields of biology, biomedicine and medicine. You can export citations directly to endnote web.

BMJ Open

General medical journal

Cambridge University Press

Open Access Journals and free issues

Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central is an open access chemistry publisher, operated by BioMed Central committed to the free and widespread dissemination of chemical research

The Cochrane Library

Systematic Reviews

Directory of Open Access Books

Open access books from academic publishers

Directory of Open Access Journals

Full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are 5215 journals in the directory. Currently 2166 journals are searchable at article level.

ERIC ( Education Resources Information Center )

ERIC is an educational database of abstracts and full text journals.

Google Art Project

This is one of the coolest websites we have seen in the last few years. contains art gallery virtual walk throughs as well as very high resolution images. Use Google Chrome browswer for an optimised experience.


Research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.

Avantor™ Performance Materials MSDS

Search Avantor™ Performance Materials's on-line database of current Material Safety Data Sheets

Google Scholar

Often the first place we tell you to look for information on journal articles

OAPEN Library

A collection of free quality-assured content from Academic Publishers such as Palgrave.

Open Book Publishers

While you have to pay a small amount to download the PDF, reading the book online from the website is free.

Open Thesis

OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools. Use Proquest's Dissertation express to search for theses. (no abstracts available)


Open access journals (added to PubMed Central anyway)


"PubMed comprises approximately 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources."

gopubmed is a semantically organized front end for pub med, and is much easier to browse for information.


Sage Open

"peer-reviewed, "Gold" open access journal from SAGE that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities." (from Sage Open Web page)

Their Podcasts

Springer Open Access Journals

includes Springer’s portfolio of 160+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science ranging from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, our interdisciplinary open access journal that covers all disciplines.

Ted Talks

nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Example Video:

Wiley Open Access Journals

Wiley open access journals are authoritative peer reviewed journals that are published with free access because of public funding.