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Special Access to Online Resources in Response to COVID-19

This document is evolving and being frequently updated. Last updated March 26, 2020, 4:00 pm.

Many publishers and content providers have temporarily unlocked some of their resources to support remote research, teaching, and learning during this period of disruption. Some of these resources have been incorporated into the library collections found through the library catalog or collection of databases, so that remains the best first place to search.

Following are resources of potential interest not currently found in regular library searches:

VitalSource This resource is a platform for a large collection of textbooks currently freely available to students. List of participating publishers. Requires creation of an individual user account.

AccessEngineering AccessEngineering is an engineering reference and teaching platform that delivers interdisciplinary engineering content integrated with analytical teaching and learning tools.  This resource provides access to the latest editions of engineering handbooks and upper-level engineering textbooks, as well as hundreds of videos and a data visualization tool

American Mathematical Society As courses transition to online, we can provide complimentary electronic “reserve” copies of our textbooks for students who do not have access to our print books.  Instructors can arrange for access using the “request desk copy” link on the specific textbook page.

Cengage Free access to Cengage textbooks is available to students through an extended free trial. Students are required to create an account with Cengage Unlimited.

Digitalia Hispanica Digitalia Hispanica is providing free online access to a large collection of spanish-language books and articles.

Harvard Business Publishing E-Book Collection Includes the complete catalog of Harvard Business Review e-books of over 400+ monographs, newly published e-books, seminal works, and 150+ article compilations of the HBR Classics series.

JoVE Science Education Access to JoVE Science Education video library of videos teaching scientific fundamentals.

Kanopy With the support of select content partners, Kanopy have put together a collection of films to stream at no cost for the next 30 days. You can find a list of available titles here. This list may continue to grow as Kanopy connects with content partners in the coming days.

Numérique Premium is providing temporary free access to 3500 French-language titles in humanities, social, legal, and political sciences.

Ohio State University Press, The Knowledge Bank All Ohio State University Press monographs, and the linguistics textbook language files, will be open and free to use through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Institutional Repository, The Knowledge Bank.

OpenEdition The resources provided here are always freely available, but may be of use during this time because of its large collection of French-language books and journals.

Project Euclid Project Euclid is an online information community providing full text to independent and society journals in theoretical and applied mathematics. In addition to content UW Madison subscribes to, some publishers are making all of their content temporarily available here.

Project MUSE Project MUSE is making scholarly content temporarily available for free. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free 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). List of publishers.

Proquest Ebook Central Libraries impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from certain publishers. All licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June. Participating Publishers.

ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Textbooks The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers for a period of 90 days. Title List.

University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized. 

Additional Resources

Madison Public Library Virtual Library Card Madison Public Library has announced a virtual library card to meet the needs of our community while many patrons are practicing social-distancing by remaining at home and avoiding crowds. If you don’t already have a library card, you can apply for a virtual library card by filling out the Virtual Library Card Form. This card will grant access to all of their online resources including Wisconsin’s Digital Library’s eBooks, audiobooks, and movies.

For information about other ways you might provide students access to materials needed for a course, see the libraries’ Course Content and Instructional Continuity page.