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Free to Access: Research Databases

Free Resources for Virtual Instruction

With colleges and universities moving to virtual instruction, many publishers and information vendors have stepped up in support of students and faculty, temporarily providing free access to textbooks, scholarly article databases, ebooks, and streaming video. For many of the resources listed below, there is an end date and others are designated free for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Free Public Access


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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Free online textbooks, many with supplemental materials like lesson plans, lab manuals, simulations, lecture slides, test banks, etc. All licensed for re-use, some licensed for adaptation.






Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google's attempt to index the scholarly literature that can be found on the free web. It links to freely available articles on publisher websites, author websites, institutional repositories, and pre-print servers, as well as reports, online books, and other scholarly material online.
Google Scholar can also link you to full text provided by Taylor Memorial Library. To activate this, go to the Library Links page, and search for Centenary University. Check the box and click Save.



Additional, Subject-Specific Article Databases (free public access)


Access to Free/Open Dissertations & Theses

Libraries & Archives

  • Internet Archive

    A non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • National Emergency Library

    For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, borrowing limits have been lifted in order to support emergency remote teaching, research, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, and libraries are closed. Contents include the DSM-5, books by Margaret Atwood, Cathy Davidson, Jared Diamond, Daniel Gilbert, Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Hawking, and Toni Morrison. Popular works include the Harry Potter books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, works by Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Jenny Han, and Robert Jordan. To "borrow" books, you must register for a free account.
  • Your Public Library

    Many public libraries provide their own digital subscriptions to content like ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music, and online training courses - and since many have closed their doors indefinitely, virtual programs like storytimes, book clubs, crafts, and concerts, live streamed via Facebook or other platforms.
  • Jersey Clicks

    If you live in NJ and have a Library Card from your town's public library, plus an access pin for digital content, you can access several Ebsco databases via the statewide Jersey Clicks service.

More Free Resources

  • From the Creative Community
    Great compilation from the Copyright Alliance, with free resources for education, work, fitness, entertainment, and help being offered by individual creators.
  • Kids Educational Resources
    Great list of resources pulled together by Open Culture.

COVID-19 Research

  • CDC: Cases in U.S.
  • Global Cases Tracking
    (Johns Hopkins)
  • COVID-19 News Tracker
    Global media tracker from Lexis Nexis. Charts show media coverage and financial markets, effects on daily life, what people are talking about, and locations. Links to top stories.
  • LitCovid
    A curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the virus, providing access to 1826 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed.
  • Dimensions Search: COVID-19
    Nearly 4800 articles, all full text. Filter by those that include data sets or clinical trials.
  • Novel Coronavirus Information Center
    This portal site from Elsevier makes a fantastic starting point for healthcare providers and researchers.
  • Wellcome Trust Pledge
    Many scholarly publishers have signed on to the Wellcome Trust pledge to provide free access to published research on COVID-19.