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Open Access Library

Welcome to the Virtual University of Uganda's Open Access Library, a vast collection of resources that support both student learning and staff research. Open Access Library content is free and open to the general public. The following is a list of on-line books and journals that are available for download or to read on-line:

University of California Press

Browse e-books by subject: environment, gender, healthcare, ethics, ecology.

Harvard University's Digital Access to Scholarship

A good site for arts and social sciences, education, medicine, and public health.

The WWW Virtual Library

From the University of New South Wales in Australia. A portal to a vast amount of resources on public health in Africa. A good site for specific resources on communicable diseases, human resources for health, health services management, emergency health management, business, economics, and international affairs. The site also covers law, religion, engineering, social sciences, business, politics, economics, development studies, and sustainable development.

Highwire Press

Hosted by Stanford University, contains articles from a vast range of journals. Many recent articles are free while others are available after 12 months. Journals on epidemiology, health education, health policy and planning, health promotion, physiology, research, computer science, medicine, agriculture, ecology, political science, and economics.

Eserver

Hosted by Iowa State University and contains over 35,000 resources in the humanities.

The Online Books Library

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. An easily navigable central access for over 35,000 books hosted by the University of Pennsylvania; search by author, subject, or title for books on social sciences, political science, medicine, religion, history, education, music, and health.

Digital Library of the Commons

Hosted at Indiana University contains open access to full-text articles, papers, and dissertations.

The University of Sussex - International Development Studies

An excellent resource for all aspects of international development and public health (not all are free to download, but many are).

African Studies

Hosted by Columbia University Libraries is a collection of internet resources on Africa; the site also hosts a comprehensive portal for United Nations Agencies on Africa, a useful collection of official documentation on institutional development.

London School of Economics - Centre for International Development

The Centre for International Development at the London School of Economics hosts an excellent selection of working papers on development.

Stanford University - Centre for International Development

Stanford University's Centre for International Development is a good resource for development and health working papers from 1997 – 2011.

Harvard University - Centre for International Development

The Centre for International Development at Harvard University hosts a good selection of Working Papers to read online or download.

Bioline International

Bioline International is a good site for articles on public health and international development.

OAPEN

OAPEN is a initiative of European academic book publishers and is an excellent resource for books in the humanities and social sciences; click English and browse by category.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ covers over 1000 full-text quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subject areas, in various languages.

International Documentation Network of the Great African Lakes Region

International Documentation Network of the Great African Lakes Region is an archive of local and international documents from the early 1990s to the present; search in English.

Africa Portal

Africa Portal comprises 3000 holdings on all areas of interest to Africa, all available to download.

Academic Journals

Academic Journals is a useful site for medical, biological, and social sciences.

SpringerOpen

SpringerOpen scientific publishers offer a selection of good resources in health economics.

Hesperian

Hesperian is dedicated to publishing for community health and empowerment and provides a good selection of full-text health books from eBrary including: Where There is No Doctor, Where Women Have No Doctor, Water for Life, and Global Health Watch.

The National Academies Press

Includes over 4,000 full-text e-resources on health sciences, public health, health care and quality, health management, and much more.

The Eldis Development Gateway

An excellent resource for all aspects of development; a must-visit site.

UNESCO World Digital Library

World Digital Library is hosted by UNESCO; visit the site and click on Africa for a wealth of information and resources about the continent.

Open J-gate

Open J-gate is a useful resource for biomedical and social and management sciences.

The World Health Organization

A large number of e-resources on epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, ethics, occupational health, Primary Health Care, and more. Country reports and clinical resources are also featured on these pages.

UNESCO library

The UNESCO catalogue contains a huge number of relevant documents and publications in many subject areas.

World Bank

Navigate to publications > documents > reports > browse by topic.

The International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre in Canada is an excellent resource which provides full-text books (download the PDF, read the e-book, or buy it) on all aspects of development: gender, economics, governance, politics, democracy, global health, environment and health, health systems research, population and health; browse by theme.

UNDP's Africa Online Publications

The UNDP's Africa Online Publications contains relevant up-to-date information on the MDGs, poverty reduction, the environment, and crisis prevention.

UNHCR

UNHCR's website has extensive resources especially on human rights and development.

The Institute for International and Development Economics

The Institute for International and Development Economics is a good resource for international trade and economics.

Society for International Development Forum

Extensive reading materials on international development available to download as PDF.

Centre for Global Development

Extensive reading materials on international development available to download as PDF.

The UK's Department for International Development

Literature on official institutional development.

Irish Aid

Literature on official institutional development.

USAID

Literature on official institutional development.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Literature on official institutional development.

UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development

The UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development hosts relevant literature to read online or download.

UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre

UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre is a good resource for development issues concerning children.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is a digital archive from the US National Library of Medicine and hosts over 25,000 titles in biomedical and life sciences including environment and public health.

The Open Access Digital Library

The Open Access Digital Library delivered by Gold Rush Electronic Resource Management System offers 4,000 full-text books and journals in various subjects; type a browse term and read.

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library hosts scientific books in healthcare, social science, food science, economics, earth and environment, and humanities.

British Library for Development Studies

British Library for Development Studies, hosted by the university of Sussex at is an excellent resource for full-text books and journal articles on health, governance, environment, globalization, public health, women's studies, public policy, micro-finance, and much more.

International Monetary Fund Publications

International Monetary Fund Publications hosts numerous useful publications on institutional development.

UNESCO Social Sciences Publications Online

UNESCO Social Sciences Publications Online is a must-visit site for students of international development.

UNESCO Cultural Resources

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Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh University Press hosts the Journal of International Political Theory and other journals of interest for international development studies students.

Epidemiolog.net

Full text online resources on Epidemiology:

Web Centre for Social Research Methods

Web Centre for Social Research Methods is an excellent resource site for all aspects of research methodology.

Digital Commons

Digital Commons offers a substantial range of Open Access books in the following categories: business, education, medicine and health sciences, environmental science, communication, economics, public affairs, policy and administration, and sociology.

The United Nations Population Fund

The United Nations Population Fund should be visited by all students of demography and population studies.

International Planned Parenthood Federation

The International Planned Parenthood Federation should be visited by all students of demography and population studies.

The University of Colorado's Peer Reviewed Journals

The University of Colorado's Peer Reviewed Journals offers numerous journals in: business, computer science, ecology, economics, education, environmental science, gender, health management, human resources for health, media and communication, medicine, nutrition, political science, and sociology.

OnlineCollege-com

OnlineCollege-com hosts 100 journals for educators; check out the Higher and Online Education category.

Academic Journals

Academic Journals offers open access academic journals in the medical, social, biological, and agricultural sciences.

Open Humanities Press

Open Humanities Press offers a small number of books on environmental science.

Hindawi Publishing

Hindawi Publishing offers a vast number of Open Access journals in the sciences.

MDPI Open Access Journals

MDPI Open Access journals hosts titles in science, mathematics, medicine, and the social sciences.

The Economics E-Journal

The Economics E-Journal is a must-visit site for all students of economics and political science.

Online Newspapers

Online Newspapers keeps you up-to-date with what is happening all around the world.

Global Text Project

Global Text Project is a good site for resources on business, health, and social sciences.

Bookboon

Bookboon the open access initiative of Ventus Publishers hosts resources on economics, finance, management and much more.

Popline

Popline operates under the policy Knowledge for Health; browse gender, population, environment, domestic violence, public health and much more.

College Open Text Books

College Open Text Books contains a huge number of resources on business, economics, health, and political science; all are available to read online or download.

College Textbooks

College Textbooks hosts a variety of college-level text books; check business and economics and humanities and social sciences.

Zain Books

Zain Books contains resources to read online or download; check the business, commerce, management, mass communication, political science, and social sciences categories.

Digital Book Index

Digital Book Index hosts 140,000 resources many of which are available to read online (some are not); check reference books and medicine and health.

Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library contains over 20,000 online resources; browse the various categories (social sciences, health, arts and humanities) for lists of useful resources.

Universal Digital Library

Universal Digital Library hosts 18,000 titles; check the health and economics categories.

Wiki Books

Wiki Books is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation; check humanities and social sciences.

Google Books

Google Books contains works of a more popular nature but check the medical, business and economics, and political science categories.

World Wide School

World Wide School contains over 2,000 online texts organized by author, subject, and title.

Merck Manuals Online

Merck Manuals Online is a medical library with numerous resources for the health practitioner.

INTECH

INTECH is an open access science publisher; check the categories earth sciences, biological sciences, and medicine.

The Land Portal

The leading online destination for information, resources, innovations, and networking on land issues worldwide.

Project Bartleby

Project Bartleby at Columbia University hosts a varied collection of works including Gray's Anatomy and the World Factbook; browse by author.

The Open Library

The Open Library is a general library with over 1 million resources.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg This vast project hosts public domain books (no longer copyrighted). An interesting site for older books and classics.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a general million books project; navigate to texts and browse by subject.

The Oxford Text Archive

The Oxford Text Archive contains many general works, mostly classics, for your free time; many are no longer copyrighted but some have restricted access.

Free Medical Journals

Free Medical Journals is dedicated to the promotion of free full-text access to medical journals over the Internet. It currently covers 430 journals in medicine and health sciences.

Free Books 4 Doctors

Free Books 4 Doctors is as the name suggests

African Digital Library

Students can also register free with the African Digital Library

The Open University's Learning Space

The Open University's Learning Space is an excellent site for courses on environment, development, international studies, health, and many more.

MIT's Open Course Ware

At MIT's Open Course Ware check out courses on economics, health sciences, political science, women's and gender studies, and much more.

OER Commons

Open Education Resources at OER Commons is a vast resource which also hosts open access textbooks in the humanities and social sciences.

The Commonwealth of Learning

The Commonwealth of Learning is a vast learning resource which also hosts open access textbooks in the humanities and social sciences.

Open Courseware Consortium

At the Open Courseware Consortium courses from MIT, the Open University of the Netherlands, the University of Michigan, and the University of the Western Cape, and many other international universities are available; use “course search” and type public health or development.

The Wikiversity

The Wikiversity also provides access to online courses; however, be discerning about what you read in some articles.


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