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Margaret Smith Library, SAIAB: Coronavirus: Free Access Collection

The library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity contributes to research and teaching in the aquatic sciences through heritage collections and a global web of data. Resources and services are shared with Rhodes University Library

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The Hot Topics area of Access World News highlights current topics and the broad coverage in Access World News. 

Click here for current collection of Hot Topics in the News Hot Topics

For news and information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here 

For Special Reports

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Duke University Press

ProQuest E-book Central

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Karger Publishing

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Through 2020 Karger is sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with the Topic Article Package: Coronavirus (COVID-19) .

Taylor & Francis

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Taylor & Francis provides the research community with free access to COVID-19 research here. 

OCLC Services

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OCLC is maintaining a growing list of this freely available content at which includes recommended options to access through OCLC services.

American Psychological Society

Novel Coronavirus Information Center

The BMJ - Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources

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The Metropolitan Opera

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Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure

Elsevier Electronic Textbooks Covid-19


ScienceDirect has given free access to 256 textbooks - until 31 August 2020

Here is the link to OPAC where users can get direct access to the 256 textbooks

Coronavirus Research Hub

To support individuals researching diagnostic, treatment and preventive solutions - use this link

Users can also access these books via the ScienceDirect platform (users will be prompted to submit their off campus logins). Once there, click on "Journals and Books" at the top of the screen; scroll down the options on the left to Access Type, and tick Subscribed and complimentary. Thereafter, users can browse the list or search for a title using the search box.

JSTOR and Participating publishers are making content freely available due to COVID-19


JSTOR and Participating publishers are making content freely available due to COVID-19:

***you may need to accept the security warning certificate when accessing the JSTOR content***

Click here to access ebooks - (see Title list - for titles that will not be accessible after 30 June and titles that will still be accessible to 31 August 2020)

Click here to access JSTOR Archive Collection

Access to Primary Source Collections until 31 December 2020

19th Century British Pamphlets

World Heritage Sites: Africa

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa

Global Plants


Access to Thematic Collections until 31 December 2020:

Lives of Literature

Security Studies


Edinburgh University Press (EUP)

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Edinburgh University Press have released free Virtual Issues of Medieval Studies and Shakespeare.

Both Virtual Issues will be available for free until the end of 2020!

1. The Medieval Studies Virtual Issue provides articles across the humanities, from literary studies, the arts, history and more

Access here

2.  The Shakespeare Virtual Issue is a list of hand-picked articles from across our catalogue of journals, dedicated to the Bard, his work and reception across both history and literary studies.

Access here

Our blog gives you all of the information you need on how to access our free sample issues.




Kortext, working closely with major academic publishers and Jisc, are providing access to some core university textbooks from key publishers.

Access to your selected title is via the TENET SAFIRE (SAML) federated authentication system using your university login credentials. Type Rhodes University in the organizational search box on the landing page and click Continue to proceed to the Rhodes SAML login screen.  Enter your Rhodes username and password to get access to the title you have selected.

Access textbooks here

Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press is offering free content :

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Springer Nature - Free online Textbooks

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Springer Nature have opened up close to 500 Online Textbooks for free until the end of July 2020

Public Books Database

NEWSBANK's : Access World News

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Newsbank's Videos on using your collection Access World News

Wiley Online Library

Clarivate - BioWorld

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Clarivate's daily newsletter covering the life sciences landscape, BioWorld, provides complimentary access to COVID-19 coverage.

Click here to access more than 400 articles published to date, and check back daily for additional articles


The Royal Society

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Following our decision to make our relevant COVID-19 content free to access, we have now decided to remove all access controls on our journals for the time being.

Because the paywall will be down, this means that you will have to access additional content for researchers here


Scitrus : Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

Coronavirus Free Access Collection

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Cambridge University Press has made a collection of more than 80 relevant book chapters and journal articles freely available on Cambridge Core. Articles are drawn from journals including Epidemiology & Infection, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology and from Animal Health Research Reviews, among others. Further articles will be added to the collection once they have been published.

JoVE is Changing the Way Science is Done

Paris Art Museum

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Paris Musées, a collection of 14 museums in Paris have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website. Artists with works in the archive include Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, and thousands of others.

Remote Learning Resources and COVID-19 Content from AccessMedicine

Wiley Digital Archives

The Association of Research Libraries, BioOne and their Publishing partners

In collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries, BioOne and their publishing partners have made articles related to coronavirus  available via open access through 2020.

McGraw Hill


Mc Graw-Hill has created a distance-learning toolkit by using AccessMedicine  to help empower healthcare professions faculty for online teaching and learning during this critical time

Emerald Insight free material


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Research on COVID-19 and the management of epidemics and pandemics is free for anyone to access and Emerald have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository. Emerald will continue to make relevant research freely available on this site.

Emerald is a digital-first, open publisher and will continue to be available throughout this public health crisis.

Temporary free access to all Microbiology Society journal content

The Microbiology Society is temporarily removing the paywall from their journals’ platform,

Access will be free to all until further notice.

Canadian Science Publishing

EDP Sciences

EDP Sciences Publishing partner of the scientific communities

To support all researches during the Covid-19 pandemic, EDP Sciences has

opened the journals content on our site from 2018-2020 so it is freely available for all to read


Cochrane Library : Special Collections on Covid-19

WWIS - free reasearch on Covid-19

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database

ProQuest just announced the launch of a Coronavirus Research Database in response to the rapidly growing need for authoritative content related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The database has been automatically enabled at no cost for all ProQuest platform customers, and can be accessed at The new cross-disciplinary resource enables researchers to search and discover full-text articles, dissertations and other content from key publishers in one place.