Many publishers have made content and resources freely available during the COVID-19 period. The resources on this guide will be of interest across the disciplines and are not about the virus itself.
This arrangement is temporary. The resources in question, and their contents, are subject to change at short notice.
This guide's resources should be treated as being apart from our 'standard' arrangements, and our having access to a publisher's COVID-19 content does not guarantee access to the rest of that publisher's content.
While these arrangements are temporary, any feedback we receive during this period about these resources is useful and can feed into future decisions. To give feedback, please either contact the librarian for your subject area, or complete the following form:
ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses (including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak). It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.
Available until 31 December 2021.
King's username and password required for access off-campus.
Elsevier is currently making all of it's 256 textbooks, available on Science Direct, free and Open Access for all existing Science Direct Journal customers. Textbooks cover a range of subjects, including Medicine, the Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. The books will be available until December 31 2021.
Equinox is an independent academic publisher based in UK, with an international author base and audience. They publish over 40 peer-reviewed, international journals, clustering in the main subject areas of Archaeology & History, Linguistics & Communication, Popular Music, Religion & Ethics.
Free access has been granted to all journal issues published in the last 12 months and 2020 issues for the duration of the crisis.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit operating in the US, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It provides free access to archived web pages and software programmes as well as digital versions of books, texts, audio recordings, videos and images.
MUBI is a distributor, producer and subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a curated selection of films. It houses a film database and an online magazine called The Notebook.
Student membership is free. Three months' access costs £1.
The Victoria & Albert (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of applied and decorative arts and design. The National Art library of the V&A museum offers a list of freely available e-resources about art and design that are useful for research. It also provides links to other library and archive collections and full-text content including e-books and e-journals.
The Ohio State University Press has made all of it's scholarly monographs and it's Language Files linguistics textbooks open access for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. A list of nearly 700 hundred titles across the humanities and social sciences are freely available through the Ohio State University library's institutional repository, The Knowledge Bank.
Open Edition is a platform for a range of publishers who provide Open Access books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Collection includes nearly 10,000 books and 535 journals, mostly in French, but also in Spanish, Italian, German and English. This Collection is normally available as Open Access only in html form, but for the duration of this crisis they have made PDFs and epub files freely available to all.
Project Gutenburg is a library of over 60,000 free ebooks, available as free epub or Kindle ebooks to download or read online. The collection contains mostly older literary works, published before 1924, with some later works.
A collection that provides critical information and context during an increasingly insecure time, Security Issues Online is a research and learning database providing in one place comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major events and themes related to security. Upon completion, Security Issues Online will grow to include 100,000 pages of text and 150 hours of video that provide useful findings on key events and themes throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries.
The collection provides primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types for each selected event, including Iran (1940s to the Present), 1960 U-2 Incident, World War II and Intelligence, Cold War: The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1961-1962, and more. Resources for each topic guide users through the full scope of the event, from the historical context that made such security issues possible through the international response, steps for retaliation, and global reaction. Future releases will include content on nuclear testing, cyber security, North Korea and international relations, the Northern Ireland Conflict, and more.