Temporary access to additional online resources during COVID-19 lockdown

In response to the measures that have been put in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some publishers / resource suppliers have been offering temporary, free or increased access to resources in order to support online teaching, learning and research.

Some have also been offering temporary open access to collections of material related to the outbreak.

Important information regarding the resources on this page

The library has been reviewing the offers from publishers / resource suppliers and will be making information and links available in the list below. This is an ongoing process and this list will be updated as offers are made available and checked or are removed.

Please note:

  • These resources are not part of our usual subscriptions / licenses
  • Publishers may withdraw access at any time and will remove this free access as soon as the current crisis is over
  • These resources have to be accessed through the links below (we are not making them available via LibrarySearch unless already listed there)
  • The library already has access to over 130,000 eBooks that can be accessed through LibrarySearch and online articles and journals can be found through LibrarySearch or through our databases (A-Z list).

If you have any problems accessing these temporary resources please email library@rgu.ac.uk.

Resources to support teaching, learning and research

Annual Reviews

Available until: 30th April 2020

Link: https://www.annualreviews.org/

Annual Reviews have made all their content freely available until the 30th April. They publish over 50 journals in the biomedical, life, physical and social sciences subject areas.

Berghahn Journals

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: https://www.berghahnjournals.com/page/journals

Berghahn Journals publish 38 scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities and are making them open access until the end of June.


Available until: 31st May 2020

Bloomsbury have made all their digital products available to access until the end of May. They include books, journals, primary sources, photos and more. Topics covered include art, design, fashion, architecture and more. Please access via the links below:


Bloomsbury Professional

Available until: Permanently

Bloomsbury have made an offer to Scottish universities to give students free access to 6 titles. However, when we investigated we found that RGU already has online access to all the titles in their offer. The titles on offer are listed below. Follow the links to be taken to the book record and then simply follow the link in the “View Online” section to get access.

Property Trusts and Succession by Gretton & Steven

Contract Law in Scotland by MacQueen & Thomson

Family Law in Scotland by Thomso

Studying Scots Law by MacQueen and Dewart

Scotland’s Constitution: Law and Practice by Himsworth & O’Neill

Social Work Law in Scotland by Guthrie

British Online Archives

Available until: 22nd April 2020 (with potential for a 30-day extension)

Link: British Online Archives

British Online Archives have been made available for free to UK institutions. They include a wide range of primary source documents and are organised thematically, covering 1,000 years of world history, from politics and warfare to slavery and medicine.

Cambridge Core eBooks

Available until: 31st May 2020

Link: Cambridge Core

Cambridge have made over 1700 eBooks available for universities to access for free and we have enabled this access on the Cambridge Core site. This collection includes their HTML textbooks, Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements. An FAQ about this resource is available here, this includes links to information about the collections.

Dawsonera eBooks

Available until: mid-June 2020

Link: eBooks all available through LibrarySearch

Dawson Books are working with publishers to improve access to eBooks already owned by universities. Essentially if we own an eBook from a participating publisher there will be unlimited access for users i.e. no turnaways until the end of June. Please note not all publishers have signed up to this agreement.

EBook Central (EBL)

Available until: 19th June 2020

Link: eBooks all available through LibrarySearch

ProQuest have worked with over 100 publishers to improve access to eBooks already owned by universities. Essentially if we own an eBook from a participating publisher there will be unlimited access for users i.e. no turnaways until the end of June. Please note not all publishers have signed up to this agreement.

EBSCO Academic Collection (eBooks)

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: EBSCO Academic Collection

EBSCO have made this multidisciplinary collection available for free until the end of June. It covers a wide range of topics including: business and economics, education political science, medical, social science, technology and engineering.

EBSCO Harvard Business Review Press Collection (eBooks)

Available until: 31st May 2020

Link: EBSCO Harvard Business Review Press Collection

EBSCO have made this business collection available for free until the end of May. It includes titles from HBR Press and covers topics such as: communication, decision-making, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership, marketing, personnel management, strategic planning and more.

EDP Sciences Journals

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: https://publications.edpsciences.org/#!s=current&l=en

To support all researchers during the Covid-19 pandemic, EDP Sciences has opened the journals content on their site from 2018-2020 so it is freely available for all to read. A few titles are not included in this for example where permission has not yet been received. Subjects include physics, humanities, maths, engineering, life sciences and medicine.

GeoScienceWorld eBooks

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/books

To help support online learning and remote research, the following GeoScienceWorld book publishers have extended public access to all of their eBooks until 30 June 2020:

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Canadian Science Publishing
  • Clay Minerals Society
  • Geological Society of America
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • University of Wyoming

To access the free eBook content, use the search box to look for your topic and then filter the results to books or book chapters. Please note some books, from publishers not listed above, will not be available.

IEEE eLearning Courses

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: IEEE Xplore (once logged in go to the browse menu and pick courses)

IEEE have made over 400 eLearning courses available for free through to the end of June to help support engineering and computer science students and staff.

Topics include: bioengineering, communications, computing, emerging technologies, power and energy, waves, circuits, signal processing, telecommunications and much more.

Please note a small number of courses (English for Engineering) are not included.

If you have any problems accessing the eLearning courses please follow this alternative access route:

Go to https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/home.jsp, click Institutional Sign In, choose Shibboleth, search for and then select Robert Gordon University , and log in with your RGU username and password when prompted. Then go the browse menu and pick courses.

JSTOR public health journals

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: https://about.jstor.org/l/public-health/

26 public health journals have been made available for free access covering topics such as epidemiology, health policy, occupational and environmental Health and health promotion.

Kortext eBooks

Available until: 30th June 2020

Kortext has arranged temporary free access to a small selection of online textbooks for university students who are unable to borrow print materials due to COVID-19 university library closures. The eBooks available with their links are listed in the PDF document at the bottom of the section.

To access and use Kortext:

  • Click on the link for the relevant textbook (see list below).
  • In the Organisation page, search for and select Robert Gordon University. Click Continue.
  • Log in using your RGU username and password.
  • The first time you log into Kortext it is necessary to create a Kortext account.
  • Email address: you must use your RGU email address (@rgu.ac.uk).
  • Password: you must create a password that is unique to Kortext – do not use your RGU password.
  • Make sure you read the terms and conditions and the privacy policy.
  • Once you have created a Kortext account you will have access to the eBook.
  • Use the arrows and the icons to navigate round the eBook. You can find the zoom option by clicking the display options icon.
  • Log out of Kortext by clicking on the back arrow above the icons on the left-hand side. Click on More Options (top right-hand corner) and click on Sign out.

To see the books available and get the relevant links please see the PDF document:

Kortext title list with links

LWW Health Library

Available until: 26th June 2020

Link: LWW Health Library

LWW have made various modules within the LWW Health Library available until the 26th June. They can be accessed by from the link above and then by choosing the topic area you are interested in.

Please be aware the material within LWW Health Library is predominantly American.

The collections covered are:

  • ACSM's Certification Suite
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Anesthesiology
  • Board Review Series
  • Clerkship
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Exercise Science
  • Internal Medicine
  • Made Incredibly Easy Collection
  • ObGyn
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Osteopathy
  • PA Rotations/Specialties
  • PA-Core Education
  • Pathology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Premium Basic Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine w/ Board Review Series
  • Premium Basic Sciences
  • Premium Pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech Language Hearing
  • Surgery

Microbiology Society

Available until: no date given

Link: https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/

The Microbiology Society have made all their journals open access to help the community study and research.

Ohio State University Press Publications

Available until: no date given

Link: https://kb.osu.edu/handle/1811/131

A collection of books has been made available for the duration of the crisis. Subjects covered are predominantly arts, humanities and social studies.

Oxford Law Trove

Available until: 31st May 2020

Link: Oxford Law Trove

This is a collection of around 200 Law eBooks that have been made available from Oxford University Press until the end of May. A small number of titles are not included in the offer, these are generally earlier editions of books where you will find the most recent edition is available.

Pharmacy Knowledge

Available until: 28th August 2020

Link: https://www.pharmacyknowledge.com

Pharmacy Knowledge is a new learning platform that has been created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society giving access to pharmacy-focused content including the chemistry of drugs, pharmacology, medical conditions, therapeutics and much more. We have trial access to this resource until nearly the end of August.

You will need to register for an account before getting access, the steps to do so are:

  • Go to https://www.pharmacyknowledge.com
  • Check the black banner at the top of the screen to see if your institution has been recognised.
  • If your institution hasn’t been recognised, click the link in the black banner and sign in via Shibboleth.
    • Click the Shibboleth icon
    • Search for Robert Gordon University, select it and then log in with your RGU username and password.
  • Then click “Student Login” at the top right of the screen and fill in the registration form.
  • Check your inbox for an email to verify your account and to set a password.
  • After setting your password, you will automatically be logged in.

Once registered you will need to log in via Shibboleth and then using your username and password to get access.

Please be aware that, if you register, you will be contacted by the company to give feedback about the platform as this is a newly developed resource.

Project Muse

Available until: dates vary

Link: https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/ (scroll to participating publishers’ section)

A range of publishers have chosen to temporarily make content such as eBooks and journals freely available on Project MUSE. Each publisher designates the specific content and for how long it will be freely available so please read the information for each publisher and follow the links provided.


Available until: 28th June 2020

Link: psychotherapy.net

This 60 day trial gives access to over 300 streaming videos on topics relating to psychotherapy, counselling and social work. You can find videos by searching or you can browse by approach, issue, population etc

ScienceDirect eBooks

Available until: mid-June 2020

Link: https://library.rgu.ac.uk/science-direct-database

Elsevier have temporarily opened up access to over 250 textbooks for universities that subscribe to ScienceDirect. Please see the list of included titles.

University of California Press Journals

Available until: 30th June

Link: https://www.ucpress.edu/journals

All journals have been made freely available until the end of June. Subjects covered are predominantly arts, humanities and social studies.

University of Michigan Press eBooks

Available until: 30th April 2020

Link: https://www.fulcrum.org/michigan

The eBooks in this collection have been made open access until the end of April. Topics include performing arts; classical studies; political science; American studies (especially disability and class studies); Asian and African studies. Please note you will only be able to read on screen, not download.

VitalSource eTextbooks

Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/user/signin

VitalSource have worked with a range of publishers to offer students access to eTextBooks until the 30th June 2020. Please note there are some restrictions to this offer.

  • Each student can pick 7 titles to borrow. This is the maximum number and cannot be extended.
  • Once you have borrowed a book you cannot change it. It is worth checking LibrarySearch for any book you are interested in as we will have access to some of these titles already.
  • Participating publishers can be seen here: https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps-ukir. More may be added so it may be worth saving a couple of slots.

To take up this offer you must first create a personal account on VitalSource using your RGU email address. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to the BookShelf login page: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/user/signin
  • Click the link that says Create a VitalSource Account, fill in the form and click create – remember to use your RGU email address
  • You will receive an email asking you to verify your account, follow the link to do so

You will now be able to access VitalSource and borrow books, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to the BookShelf login page: https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/user/signin and log in
  • When logged in click Explore and search for books
  • When you find a book you would like to read, hover over it and a Borrow button will appear, click it to borrow the book – remember that you may only borrow 7 titles – once you click on a book to borrow it, one of your allowances is used, and you cannot swap titles

There are FAQs available at http://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360044467674/.


Available until: 30th June 2020

Link: eBooks all available through LibrarySearch

Askews and Holts have worked with over 150 publishers to improve access to eBooks already owned by universities. Essentially if we own an eBook from a participating publisher there will be unlimited access for users i.e. no turnaways until the end of June. Please note not all publishers have signed up to this agreement.

Westlaw eBooks

Available until: 24th June 2020

Link: Westlaw (once logged in, go to the books section)

In addition to titles already in our subscription, Westlaw have made 19 additional titles available to use for free until the 24th June.

Please see the list of available titles

Resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak

American Physiological Society Coronavirus Related Collection

Link: https://journals.physiology.org/covid19

The APS are making articles discussing COVID-19, coronavirus, SARS, and other related research freely accessible in this cross-journal collection.

American Psychological Association Covid 19 free articles

Link: https://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/covid-19-articles

This free collection includes relevant psychological research published across the APA Journals portfolio.

APA are also making information and resources for psychologists, health-care workers and the public available here.

BMJ: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - News and Resources

Link: https://www.bmj.com/coronavirus

A collection of BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak from across the BMJ's journals and learning resources. All articles and resources are freely available.

British Standards Institute

Link: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/bsi-knowledge-uk-national-standards-body/

BSI have selected the most relevant standards to meet the immediate challenges faced by Government and UK business, and have opened access to these standards during this time of emergency. Areas include hygiene and PPE.

Please be aware you will need to complete a form providing information such as your name and email address in order to access the standards.

The website also links to standards from other bodies such as the ASTM and IEEE.

Cambridge Core Coronavirus Free Access Collection

Link: https://www.cambridge.org/core/browse-subjects/medicine/coronavirus-free-access-collection

Cambridge have made a collection of more than 150 relevant book chapters and journal articles freely available on Cambridge Core. Journals include: Epidemiology & Infection, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, and more.

Cochrane Resources and News - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Link: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/covid-19

Link: https://www.cochrane.org/coronavirus-covid-19-cochrane-resources-and-news

Cochrane provides high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform health decisions. The pages linked above highlights content relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the various related activities that Cochrane is undertaking in response.

Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Centre

Link: https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center

Free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19. This page also includes a link to where Elsevier have made over 20000 related articles free to access on ScienceDirect.


Link: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/coronavirus.htm

Emerald have made a range of research resources related to the Coronavirus group of viruses, and epidemics more broadly freely available from this site.

JAMA Network’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Collection

Link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert

Openly available articles and other material including an interactive map of the outbreak and past publications on vaccine development, infection control, and public preparedness.

MAG Online Library

Link: https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/coronavirus

A collection of articles from MA healthcare journals relating to COVID-19 are being made freely available in this collection.

Nature Coronavirus Collection

Link: https://www.nature.com/collections/hajgidghjb

Nature Research have curated a collection of relevant articles and are making them free to access. The collection includes research into the biology of coronavirus infection, its detection, treatment and evolution, and the epidemiology of emerging viral diseases.

OUP Resources on COVID-19, Other Coronaviruses, and Related Topics

Link: https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus

Oxford University Press has made content from online resources and leading journals freely accessible to assist researchers, medical professionals, policy makers, and others who are working to address this health crisis.

RCNi Nursing Standard COVID-19

Link: https://rcni.com/nursing-standard/covid-19

To support the nursing community the RCN have developed a dedicated COVID-19 resource centre that is completely free to access for all nurses and frontline NHS staff working with coronavirus patients. It includes news and evidence-based resources.

This page also includes resources directed to people joining the temporary register.

Sage Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research

Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/coronavirus

Sage have made a collection of articles available for free. This collection includes medical research related to the virus, as well as social and behavioural research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences.

Springer Nature

Link: https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/campaigns/coronavirus

Springer Nature have made related research articles from their journals, as well as additional commentary on this topic and relevant books free to access.


Link: https://www.statista.com/page/covid-19-coronavirus

All of Statista’s COVID-19 content is free to access and includes data, charts and dossiers on different countries and covers areas such as the number of cases, the economic impact, lifestyle changes and so on.

Please be aware that while the information is free you will need to register to be able to access it.

Taylor and Francis: COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

Link: https://taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus/

This microsite provides links and references to all relevant COVID-19 research articles, book chapters and information that can be freely accessed on Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis eBooks.

The Royal Society Covid-19 Research Findings

Link: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/topic/special-collections/novel-coronavirus-outbreak

To support the research community, the Royal Society journals are making all research findings and data relevant to the covid-19 pandemic immediately open access.

Times Higher Education Coronavirus stories

Link: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/policy/coronavirus

The Times Higher Education website is making breaking news coverage on the impact of coronavirus free to all, their aim is to provide the widest possible service during this period.

Wiley Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

Link: https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

Wiley are making relevant research articles, book chapters and entries in our major references freely available.

Please note there is a short delay in between articles being listed on the site and them being made available open access. This is usually 24 hours but is longer over the weekends.