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Access to Scholarly Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic many academic institutions across the globe are under lockdown. As a consequence, IT-solutions to provide remote access to information resources, scholarly exchange and virtual research environments are in high demand and their use is putting the capacities of IT-infrastructures to the test. E-learning solutions are in the focus of attention, since most universities have postponed the beginning of the summer term. While academic libraries as the central providers of scholarly information are grappling with the challenge to provide access to their holdings, we have compiled a list of accessible resources and channels of communication that will be updated in the coming weeks.

  • Access to E-Books and Journals:
    • Project MUSE has announced that many renowned academic publishers are offering their conentent freely available on the platform for a limited period.
    • ProQuest is also offering unlimited access to their Ebook Central Holdings for customer libraries until June 19.
    • JSTOR has expanded access to their content (books and journal collections). Subscribing libraries are required to request this additional access. Contact your institutional library if they have not already done so.
    • Bloomsbury is offering a similar option, for which libraries need to file a request.
    • As a temporary offer, Verso Books  and Haymarket Books are making available "free quarantine e-books."
  • H-Net repositories: H-Net is offering two repositories for online teaching materials and for remote conference presentations. Both offers require registration, but are free to use.
  • E-Learning/E-Teaching: Most universities offer e-learning solutions as part of their IT-infrastructure. Please get acquainted with their scope of possibilities. The German platform offers a wide-ranging perspective on the possibilities of e-teaching.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER):
    • The OER-Commons portal offers access to a vast variety of educational resources from many disciplines that can be freely re-used for teaching purposes.
    • The German OER portal OERinfo offers a national perspective on the topic, and a large collection of links.


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