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Expanded Access to Digital Content in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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As a way of showing solidarity many publishers are making electronic resources freely available

News from May 07, 2020

While all Freie Universität Berlin libraries (University Library and department libraries) offer only limited services because of the COVID-19 pandemic, books, journal articles, newspaper articles, and many more sources in electronic format remain accessible for Freie Universität members. That content is searchable on the library portal Primo (http://primo.fu-berlin.de), where it is documented in approximately a billion records. For remote access, a valid ZEDAT-Account is required (please observe the Terms and Conditions of Use for Electronic Resources).

As a way of showing solidarity with universities and students, many publishers are making electronic resources freely available that would otherwise be subject to license. Overall, only University members (students, teachers, researchers, staff) profit from such offers, but in a few cases, content is opened up to the general public. In what follows, you will find two lists of resources that have been made available because of COVID-19; both lists will be updated on a daily basis.

The databases listed here will be covered in the Freie Universität scope of the database infosystem (DBIS) as a separate collection ("Test-Datenbanken"). We also strive to make the individual titels contained in the resources searchable on the library portal Primo (http://primo.fu-berlin.de).

1) Expanded Access to Digital Content for Frei Universität members with valid ZEDAT-Account (last updated: 7 May 2020):

Provider Additional Content
Subjects Areas
Availability Ends
beck-online Online remote access Law 30 June 2020
Bloomsbury Publishing 6x databases Film/Screenplay, History (Biography/Medieval), Education, Philosophy, Acting/Dramatics 31 May / 30 June 2020
BrepolsOnline Books 1800 eBooks, unlimted access to databases u.a. Medieval studies, History of Religion and Church, Linguistics and Literature, Classical and Medieval Latin Philology, History of Books, History of Science, Philosophy 30 May 2020
Cambridge Core ebooks, ejournals All subjects + COVID-19 20 May 2020
  2700 ebooks, 50 ejournals Humanitie-, Social Sciences, Mathematics 29 June 2020
EBSCOhost eBook Collection „Unlimited User Model“ for licensed ebook titles (= several readers per ebook)
(s. Provider info)
All subjects, COVID-19 contents of DynaMed 30 June 2020
EBSCO contents COVID-19 Partial free online access for Universities, Schools, Companies, Hospitals All subjects, COVID-19 contents Until further notice
Hirzel eLibrary 35 textbooks Pharmaceutics 30. June 2020
IGI Global 5000 ebooks, 200 ejournals Diverse subjects 7 June 2020
JSTOR + 35.000 ebooks
(expanded content, s. Provider info)
All subjects 30 June 2020
Online remote access, expended content Law 15 June 2020
manchesterhive 1100 ebooks Humanities, Social Sciences 30 June 2020
Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) Online encyclopedia Musicology 31 May 2020
MIT Press Direct 2700 ebooks (see provider info) All subjects 31 May 2020
Naxos Works Database Database for Orchestral and Chamber music Musicology 31 May 2020
Newspaper Archive Online newspaper archive History, Genealogy, North America 15 May 2020
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment online 400 ebooks History, Philosophy, Romance studies, Theology, Religious studies 23 June 2020
Project Muse  22.000 ebooks, 260 ejournals All subjects Differently, depending on theindivual offer
ProQuest Ebook Central
(s. auch aktuelles Testangebot)
„Unlimited Access“ for licensed ebook titles (= severals readers per ebook) Selected anglophone providers,  (s. PDF file) approx. 15 June 2020
RILM Music Encyclopedias 57 music encyclopedias, dictionaries Musicology 31 May 2020
SAGE Knowledge Whole ebook and reference collection, whole video collection Economics, Social Scienes 30 June 2020
SAGE Research Methods Whole video collection Economics, Social Scienes 30 June 2020
ScienceDirect + 257 Textbooks (published 1990-2020) Predominantly STEM subjects
(s. Excel title list)
19 June 2020
SciFinder / SciFinder-n No IP filter anymore Chemistry Until further notice
UTB scholars-e-library 7600 ebooks All subjects 30 June 2020


2) Content freely available temporarily for University members as well as external users (last updated: 6 May 2020):

Provider Additional Content
Subject Areas
Availability Ends
Bavarian State Library Simplified online registration process (see provider info) All subjects
(ebooks, ejournals, databases etc.)
Until further notice
Berghahn Journals 38 ejournals (see provider info) Humanities, Social Sciences 30 June 2020
BioOne 220 journal articles (journal titles: Avian Diseases, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine) Coronavirus Until further notice
Brill COVID-19-Collection 59 ebooks (Open access)
„Epidemics and crisis research past and present“, „Strategies for containment“, „Building solidarity and resilience in times of crisis“, „Home-schooling and distance learning“ Until further notice
CABI Global Health Dabase with 3.1 M contents
(usage via voucher code, see provider info)
Health system 30 June 2020
China Academic Journals (CAJ/CNKI) 2000 journal articles (english, chinese) COVID-19 30 June 2020
Cochrane Library 1.2 M Reviews, Journals, conference proceedings etc. Biology, Medicine, Pharmaceutics, Psychology Until further notice
EBSCO-Angebote zu COVID-19 Partial free online access for Universities, Schools, Companies, Hospitals Alle subjects and COVID-19 contents Until further notice
Elsevier
(„Corona Virus Information Center“ via ScienceDirect)
+ 20.000 journal articles about COVID-19 (s. Anbieter-Info) 10 ejournals („Virology“, „The Lancet“, „Virus Research“, „Veterinary Microbiology" etc.) 30 June 2020
Index of Christian Art Artworks (see provider info) Art history, Theology, Religious studies 1 June 2020
Jove Science Education Online videos of the JoVE education series after registration free of charge (see provider info) Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Natural science, Physics, Psychology 15 June 2020
JSTOR + 26 ejournals (see provider info) Health system 30 June 2020
National Emergency Library 1,4 Mio. ebooks via Internet Archive
(see provider info)
All subjects 30 June 2020
Project Muse 22.000 ebooks, 260 ejournals All subjects Unterschiedlich, je nach Einzelanbieter
PubMed More than 30 providers wants to publish corona virus contents free of charge in PubMed Central (see provider Info of the independent British Wellcome foundation) COVID-19 Until further notice
SpringerLink / Springer Nature 15 000 book chapters, journal articles (see provider info) and textbooks (see provider info) COVID-19 Until further notice
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Simplified online registration process (see provider info) All subjects
(ebooks, ejournals, databases etc., see provider info)
Until further notice
Statista Detailed statistics about Corona virus (english), requirement: free registration COVID-19 Until further notice
Taylor & Francis Coronavirus Research Archive 3700 book chapters and journal articlesl (see provider info) COVID-19 Until further notice
University of California Press Journals (UC Press Journals) 46 ejournals (see provider info) All subjects 30 June 2020
University of Michigan Press Read-only access for 1100 ebooks (see provider info) All subjects 30 June 2020
Verbund der öffentlichen Bibliotheken Berlins (VÖBB) Free online registration for three months, see voebb.de All subjects
(ebooks, ejournals, audiobooks, film and music streaming, databases etc.)
10 May 2020
Zotero (Literaturverwaltungsprogramm)
Unlimited free storage for scientists around COVID-19 (see provider info) COVID-19 Until further notice


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