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Electronic Resources Help Guide: Vendor Resources Available due to COVID-19

Offers during COVID-19 crisis

Publishers and platform providers are offering a variety of freely available resources during this time. This page is for updates on our Vendor offers during the COVID-19 crisis.


Last updated September 10, 2020.

Details of Expanded Coverage and Other Vendor Offers

For questions regarding access, contact Kelly Denzer,

Internet Archive

  • The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.

COVID-19 Specific Research

  • AAAS Science-
    • The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science family of journals are applying formidable resources to keep the scientific community and the public well informed on the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for free access to our latest coronavirus/COVID-19 research, commentary, and news.
  • American Society for Microbiology-
    • Coronavirus Research Articles are freely accessible. ASM Journals is offering free access to more than 50 research articles published over the last year in our 16 scholarly journals and expediting review for submitted papers related to coronavirus.
    • Coronavirus-Related Chapters are freely available from ASM Press and publishing partner Wiley to support the research and clinical communities in their efforts to combat COVID-19.
  • Cambridge University Press-
    • Free access to Coronavirus research on Cambridge Core – more than 150 book chapters and journal articles related to COVID-19, with future articles being added once they are published.
    • LInks to news, maps and visualizations, and journal articles related to COVID-19
  • JSTOR-
  • MUSE in Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic-
    • a small sampling of temporarily free scholarship from Project MUSE publishers on the broad topic of pandemic and its effects throughout history, in culture, and on humanity as a whole. We hope that bringing these pieces together will help to bring historical and cultural context to the current crisis, so that we may look to the knowledge of the past to guide us forward.
    • Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance -
      • Open Access ebook. The project, led by Dr. Jeffrey P. Kahn, is a comprehensive report to help government, technology developers, business, institutional leaders, and the public make responsible decisions around use of digital contact tracing technology (DCTT), including smartphone apps and other tools, to fight COVID-19.
  • Oxford University Press
    • As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, 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.
    • Coronavirus Research Hub from Oxford University
  • SAGE-
    • This collection includes the latest medical research from SAGE related to the virus as well as top social and behavioral research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences.
  • Taylor and Francis-
    • 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 in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into COVID-19.
  • United Nations Publications-
    • Complimentary access to COVID-19 related research
  • Wiley Online Library-
    • Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access, As a publisher of trusted health science, we’ve made the relevant research articles, book chapters and entries in our major references freely available below, in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research in this disease and similar viral respiratory infections.


Biblical Archaeology Society


Digital Science/Dimensions

  • At Digital Science, we want to support the global research effort to manage and minimize the impact of COVID-19. Dimensions is updated once every 24 hours, so the latest research can be viewed alongside existing information. With its range of research outputs including datasets and clinical trials, both of which are just as important as journal articles in the face of a potential pandemic, Dimensions is a one-stop shop for all COVID-19 related information.
  • The file is available:
    As an Excel file hosted on figshare:
    The file contains the details of (and links to) all relevant publications, data sets and clinical trials. The content has been exported from Dimensions using a query in the openly accessible Dimensions application, which you can access at
    Stats as of 18 March: publications: 2956; trials: 570; datasets: 23.

Duke University Press

  • Free access until to selected journals and articles through October 1, 2020, whose subjects relate to navigating the spread of communicable diseases. Listed here

GitHub Student Developer Pack

  • Variety of partnerships with GitHub including premium Html/CSS/Javascript resources, full stack development courses, one-on-one consultations, team-coding platforms, and more for free to students. It is available to all students age 13+ with verification through .edu email verification.
  • Teachers, researchers, faculty, and staff are not eligible for the Pack, but can get free and discounted access to GitHub.

Institute of Museum & Library Services


  • JSTOR and our publishing partners are committed to serving the scholarly community during this challenging time. Together, we are providing our participating institutions with free access to journals and primary sources they do not already license through December 31, 2020

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science:

  • The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science has launched a new online resource, History of Science ON CALL: 
  • The resource aggregates and amplifies two streams of information—Research and Education—relevant to crises, including chronic disasters. The Research stream consists of 3–5-minute video contributions from scholars who ask questions related to their research field in the context of Covid-19, while the Education stream seeks to aggregate and introduce known resources and materials—scholarship and teaching tools—in order to amplify their reach.

The Metropolitan Opera

  • Live in HD series of encore cinema will be streamed free, viewable on Met Opera on Demand apps and the company website.

ProjectMuse (Multiple publishers)

  • MUSE search results, by default, include any content to which a user has access, so will offer the researcher any relevant free, OA, or entitled articles and books.  There are over 2000 open access books and a small number of fully OA journals on the MUSE platform.
  • Project MUSE For Instructors MUSE is here to serve course instructors with a brand new set of resources for discovering course content, facilitating online research, and helping to navigate the challenges and opportunities of e-learning.








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