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

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

DETAIL Inspiration

Available until: 7th August 2020

Link: DETAIL Inspiration

DETAIL inspiration is an online database for architects and construction engineers. Over 3,600 projects from over 30 years of DETAIL magazine are available in the database with new projects added monthly.

EDP Sciences Journals

Available until: 31st August 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.

JSTOR public health journals

Available until: 31st December 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.

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.

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.

ScienceDirect eBooks

Available until: 31st August

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 Michigan Press eBooks

Available until: 31st August 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.

vLex Justis

Available until: No date given

Link: https://legal.vlex.com/usa/free-access/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=vj_us_free_blm&campaign_id=2061161

vLex Justis have made their primary US Law content (including court cases, statutes, regulations and constitutional content) free for the time being in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Simply register using the link above to get immediate access. Please note that content outside of the US jurisdiction will be searchable, but may not be accessible.

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.