Below is a list of Open Access resources.
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Open Access Resource List

Choose A Destination…OpenCourseWareOpen Access RepositoriesInstitutional RepositoriesFree Statistical Data SourcesFree Citation DatabasesDocument Delivery Services


An OpenCourseWare site…

  • is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.
  • is available for use and adaptation under an open license.
  • does not typically provide certification or access to instructors.

MIT OpenCourseWare

OpenCourseWare Consortium

Full Text Open Access Repositories

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

OpenDOAR lists the wide variety of institutional and subject-based Open Access research archives and repositories which have grown up around the world.


OAIster is a collection of freely available, previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented full-text resources searchable without restriction. OAIster includes over 7 million records from over 600 institutions worldwide.

The IFLA Library

The IFLA Library pulls together IFLA’s digital resources in a convenient single online location for ease of accessibility, search and browsing.

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals Site was created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet.

African Capacity Building Foundation Publications

Publications by the ACBF – all freely available.

American Doctoral Dissertations (For opensource resources list)

The enhanced database includes more than 153,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 70,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.

ARC – A Cross Archive Search Service

Arc is an experimental research service of Digital Library Research group at Old Dominion University. ARC searches across over 178 international repositories (listed here: through a unified search interface.

ePrints-UK project

ePrints-UK aims to provide national, discipline-focused searching for access of journal articles, technical reports and web pages in electronic institutional archives of 30 selected UK universities and colleges.

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)

BASE is the multi-disciplinary search engine to scholarly internet resources at Bielefeld University. BASE complements the current metasearch system for catalogues and databases of the Bielefeld Digital Library by allowing searches to be limited by type of document, including scholarly full text archives, digital repositories and preprint servers available on the World Wide Web.

Full Text Institutional Repositories focusing on development

FAO Corporate Document Repository / FAO

The repository provides full text access to publications, articles and meeting documents produced by the FAO.

Development Experience Database / U.S. AID

Provides access to abstracts and full text documents from USAID, including: Reports, development project documents, and citations of documents held by USAID Information Centers.

World Bank “Documents & Reports” Database

Provides access to all publicly available World Bank operational documents (project documents, analytical and advisory work, and evaluations), formal and information research papers, and most World Bank publications. Includes over 15,000 full text documents.

Development Gateway / Development Gateway Fdn

Promotes knowledge sharing by providing access to fulltext documents across a wide range of development topics. Also includes 38 Country Gateway Portals serving local development information needs.

Eldis Gateway to Development Information / Inst of Dev Studies

Over 16,000 full text, abstracted development-oriented documents are available from Eldis. Documents are of “strategic, policy or practical interest” for development practitioners based in both the North and the South.

UN Best Practices Database

Includes descriptions of over 2,150 award-winning solutions to common social, economic and environmental problems in over 140 developing and developed countries. Searchable by country, scale (global, national, regional, village, etc.) and by subject category. Best Practices is a joint product of UN-HABITAT and The Together Foundation and is supported in part by the Dubai Municipality, the Best Practices Partners, and the Government of UK. Coverage: 1996 – present.

Projects & Operations – World Bank

Search thru projects, project documents, and analytical-and-advisory work of the World Bank. An advance search feature is available. The database is also browsable by: Region, country/area, theme or sector.

Free Statistical Data Sources focusing on development topics

World Development Indicators

World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank’s annual compilation of data about development. The 2005 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in 83 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. Data are shown for 152 economies with populations of more than 1 million and 14 country groups, plus selected indicators for 56 other smaller economies. Limited access to statistical database. Full access available via subscription only.

FAOSTAT Database / Food and Agriculture Organization

Multilingual statistical databases containing over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the areas of production, trade, food balance sheets, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest products, fishery products, population, agricultural machinery, and food aid shipments.

LABORSTA Database / International Labour Organization

Contains yearly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, labor cost, consumer price Indices, occupational injuries, strikes and lockouts on over 200 countries (data since 1969); monthly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, consumer price indices (data since 1976); and economically active population estimates and projections, 1950-2010.

Creditor Reporting System (CRS) / OECD & World Bank

Contains data on Official Development Assistance (ODA), Official Aid (OA) and other lending to developing countries and countries in transition as collected by members of the Development Assistance Committee, the World Bank, and the regional financial institutions. The system is sponsored jointly by the OECD and the World Bank and operated by the OECD.

DAC Online / OECD

DAC measures the flows of aid and other financial resources to aid recipients. Collected annually from the Members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, these statistics are broken down by major category of expenditure: capital projects, budget and balance of payments support, food and other commodity aid, technical cooperation and emergency relief.

UN Monthly Bulletin of Statistics / United Nations

Includes current monthly economic statistics for most countries and areas of the world. The statistics are obtained by from official sources in the various countries, except where otherwise stated in the notes to the tables. Updated monthly.

UNSTATS UN Common Database / United Nations

Draws selectively on statistics from throughout the UN system, covering all countries, areas and over 300 series from more than 30 specialized international data sources. Time series data is generally available from 1970 or 1980. Many series are disaggregated to show underlying distributions. The source includes comprehensive footnotes and meta-information on sources, definitions, and frequency of updates, and provides technical definitions and standards verbatim from their original sources. Users may view data, compile graphs, calculate derived measures, and export data.

Free Citation Databases

Online Journals Requiring Subscriptions / Global Development Network

This site lists databases providing full text access to online journals, mostly by subscription. Other services, such as citation searching, email alerts on new journals, abstracts and table of contents alerts are usually freely available.

JOLIS Library Catalog / World Bank/IMF

The Jolis Library Catalog is the catalog of the IMF/World Bank Library Network. The catalog, which contains over 1 million items includes references to a wide variety of development related materials from hundreds of different publishers. The catalog also includes references, and links to many published IMF and World Bank materials.

Global Jolis Library Catalog / World Bank

Global Jolis is the library catalog for World Bank Country Office PIC (Public Information Center)/Libraries. It includes materials in most country offices around the world. The catalog includes references to books, journal articles, working papers, conference proceedings, technical reports, electronic resources, and country-specific reports from local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, special collections of local language and indigenous knowledge materials.

ERIC / US Department of Education [English, French, Spanish]

ERIC includes references to journal articles and non-journal material covering all aspects of education. The database contains over 1.1 million citations from 1966 to the present. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004) are available. For technical issues contact:

FAOBIB – FAO Library Catalog/Food & Agriculture Organization

FAOBIB is a multilingual, on-line catalogue of documents and publications produced by FAO since 1945, books added to the library collections since 1976, and serials held in the FAO library. Full text links are now provided for all documents which are available in electronic format.

Agricola / U.S. Department of Agriculture

A comprehensive source of bibliographic citations covering U.S. agricultural and life sciences information, Agricola contains Over 3,500,000 citations to journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials, and technical reports related to all aspects of agriculture. Coverage is from 1970 to the present, with monthly updates. Some citations in French.

UNESBIB – UNESCO Documents Database

UNESBIB includes over 100,000 citations for books, articles and UNESCO publications, some with full text links. Languages included are: English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.


PubMed provides access to over 11 million citations from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other related databases. Links to selected online journals, some freely available, are also included. Updated monthly. Covers 1960s to present. Some citations are in French, Portuguese, or Spanish.


Popline is the world’s largest bibliographic database on population, family planning, and related health. Citations also cover sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, law, and policy issues. The database includes abstracts of journal articles, monographs, technical reports, and unpublished works. Updated twice per month. Some citations in French, Spanish or Portuguese.

Science Direct

A collection of over 1,000 journal title citations with links to the full text by subscription only. ScienceDirect focuses predominantly on science, technology, and medicine, but mathematics, economics and other disciplines are represented. Some citations in French.

UNBISnet / U.N. Dag Hammarskjold Library

Catalogue of United Nations(UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Also included are commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. The coverage of UNBISnet is from 1979 onward, however, older documents are being added to the catalogue on a regular basis as a result of retrospective conversion. UNBISnet also provides instant access to a growing number of full text resources in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), including resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar facilitates citation searching of scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from a broad range of research areas.

Scholarly Journal Document Delivery Support Services for Developing Countries

electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) Programme

The electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) Programme is geared to facilitate free access to current scientific literature. The goal is to distribute individual scientific articles via email to scientists in institutions in Third World countries that do not have access to sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/or cannot afford the connection.

African Journals OnLine (AJOL)

AJOL offers a free document delivery service for developing countries. There is a document delivery fee for requestors outside of developing countries.

Electronic Supply of Academic Publications to and from universities in developing regions’ (ESAP)

A project of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in cooperation with the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), SAP aims to set up a sustainable electronic document delivery systems for scholarly publications between universities in the North and the South as well as on a South-South basis, and thus assist in the supply of academic publications to as well as from the developing world.

A Library in your Letterbox: The GDN/BLDS Document Delivery Service

Accessing the latest development knowledge is a key challenge for many researchers in developing and transition countries. Recognising these challenges, the Global Development Network and the British Library of Development Studies (BLDS) have teamed up to bring GDN/BLDS Document Delivery service to meet the information needs of research institutes in the South.

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