Extra access to sources and opening up research

The current crisis with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shows the importance of Open Access to scientific and scholarly information for researchers, professors and students. The University Library has listed the extra information for this.

03/26/2020 | 3:31 PM

Access to online literature during corona virus

An overview of relevant and often openly accessible research on COVID-19 can be found in our libguide COVID-19 Information resources.

Because of the corona virus, numerous academic publishers offer temporary free access to e-books, online resources or other teaching materials, or they have temporarily increased the number of users. Please find an overview of the available resources below.

We try to present the most up-to-date information, but due to the rapidly changing developments, some information might be missing or outdated. We advise you to also look for e-books or other resources at the website of various publishers yourself. Please let us know if you find anything that should be added to this list by sending an email to one of our subject librarians. Do you have questions about the accessibility of online content? Please send an email to ask.ub@vu.nl.

Use Lean Library
A tool that helps you to access online content is Lean Library plugin

Tip: Use open educational resources
Many educational resources are open and can be used free of charge and without permission.

Open Access to publications on COVID-19
A large number of publishers have responded to a call to make their corona-related literature Open Access accessible through PubMed-Central and to enable text mining and secondary analysis through machine-readable formats and licenses. Almost all major publishers support the initiative. All these COVID-19 related publications and underlying data can now be found in one place.

Tips for finding (open) research information on COVID-19 related topics can be found via open access.nl
This site also refers to the pages that various universities maintain themselves. The sources mentioned are partly also (temporarily) accessible to VU and VUmc.

Publish Open Access 
In almost all cases, lecturers and researchers from VU University can share their Open Access publications in the VU Research Portal. During the COVID crisis, the University Library can support you in this and legally share publications and make them accessible to everyone. If you are a lecturer or researcher and you think that your scientific work is currently relevant for research or education, please register via openaccess.ub@vu.nl Additional information about this option will follow soon.
Tips for making your COVID-19 related research Open Access and a location for open research information can be found can be found via open access.nl

Overview of the options that are now available.

American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association has temporarily opened the modules "Research Methods" and "Introduction to Social Psychology" on PsycLearn. To gain access, teachers must contact the APA themselves.
Off-campus access to Beck online PREMIUM, German-language magazines, comments, legislation. You need to register!
Free access to all Berghahn journals in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Access to complete collection legal textbooks BOOM Juridisch (1800 titles).
Elsevier ScienceDirectAll textbooks on ScienceDirect are now free to access for all institutions subscribing to ScienceDirect. If you login through the University Libraries, you will have access to  the textbooks. Elsevier focuses mainly on health, science, mathematics and law.
JoVEJoVE offers its educational videos for free. The JoVE core collection helps students understand and visualize core concepts within biology and social psychology. JoVE Science Education is a collection of demonstration videos in Health & Life Sciences, that can be used as a surrogate for laboratory practicals. The Lab Manual consists videos for introductory lectures on laboratory techniques.
You gain access by individually creating an account.
Ohio State University Press
Free access to all monographs and its Language Files linguistics textbook.
Access to Oxford Law Trove, approx. 200 legal textbooks.
Project MuseOver 20 publishers offering their ebooks and journals on Project Muse have decided to make their contents freely available to support teaching and research during this crisis. These materials are marked with a distinctive free icon. Amongst the publishers are:  Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books).
University of Michigan PressFree access to all digital books published by University of Michigan Press. Focus on Humanities and Social Sciences.
WileyWiley offers free access to online educational resources such as Wiley PLUS, Knewton Alta and ZY Books. To gain access, teachers must complete a form for their specific work group or lecture. The courses are mainly focused on natural sciences, technology, mathematics and engineering.