Special Access to Online Resources in Response to COVID-19

This document is being updated less frequently as resources are only being removed and not added.

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 that may not be found in regular library searches. (Access to some previously available resources has been discontinued and those are listed at the bottom of this page for reference.)

Academic Content

Ancestry (authenticated access only) Previously only accessible from the WHS Library, remote access is now available to this database of family history and genealogy materials including census data; birth, marriage, and death records; immigration records and more.

JSTOR (authenticated access only) JSTOR is providing expanded access to journals and primary sources and more than 35,000 ebooks from major society and university presses. Access to selected ebooks ended on August 31, 2020. Journal and primary source access expected to be available through June 30, 2021..

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.

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

Broad License for Educational Uses Many societies, associations, and publishers that create content have given a general license for educational needs precipitated by the COVID-19 distancing in return for completing a form with the Copyright Clearance Center (list of participating publishers). For uses of this content that may not qualify as fair use this license will be enable additional free access for students.

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.

Ebling Library Special Access List Ebling Library for the Health Sciences is maintaining a similar list of temporarily available resources which at times may include resources missing from this list.

Standards Several standard-producing organizations have released curated lists of standards.

Previously available access that has ended

5MinuteConsult is a fully integrated digital resource to help guide primary care professionals and clinical students in daily decision support. Available until May 31, 2020.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy (authenticated access only) can be used when dissections/cadaver labs are not available for students. Available until May 31, 2020.

AccessEngineering Engineering reference and teaching platform that delivers interdisciplinary engineering content integrated with analytical teaching and learning tools.  Includes engineering handbooks and upper-level engineering textbooks, videos and a data visualization tool. Available until May 31, 2020.

American Mathematical Society Complimentary electronic “reserve” copies of their textbooks for students who do not have access to print books. Instructors should arrange for access through the “request desk copy” link on the specific textbook page. Available through the end of May.

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination Videos of head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. Available until May 31, 2020.

BCC Research Market research reports including information such as growth trends, market opportunities, geographic breakdowns, and company profiles.

Bloomsbury Digital Resources  Large collection of scholarly content in the humanities and social sciences. Includes primary documents, critical texts, historical archives, audio and video content. Available through June 30, 2020.

  • Arcadian Library Online (shared cultural heritage of Europe and the Middle East)
  • Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts
  • Bloomsbury Architecture Library
  • Bloomsbury Cultural History
  • Bloomsbury Design Library
  • Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
  • Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers
  • Bloomsbury Fashion Central
    • Berg Fashion Library
    • Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases
    • Bloomsbury Fashion Video
    • Fairchild Books Library
    • Fashion Photography Archive
  • Bloomsbury Food Library
  • Bloomsbury Medieval Studies
  • Bloomsbury Popular Music
  • Drama Online
  • Human Kinetics Library
  • Screen Studies
    • BFI Film Studies
    • BFI Film Classics
  • Theology and Religion Online
    • T&T Clark Theology Library
    • T&T Clark Jesus Library

Cambridge Core Textbooks  Access to over 2000 textbooks from Cambridge University Press in physics, earth science, life science, mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities. Available until June 29, 2020.

Cengage Unlimited Cengage textbooks available to students through an extended free trial.

China Data Online Available through December 30, 2020.

CNKI Access to CNKI resources have been extended to support Chinese studies of CEAL (Council on East Asian Libraries) members. Available through March 31, 2021.

  • China Core Newspapers Database 中国重要报纸全文数据库
  • China Data Insights 中国英文版统计年鉴
  • China Doctoral Dissertation & Masters’ Theses Database中国博士/硕士学位论文全文数据库
  • CNKI eBooks(Intl) CNKI电子图书库(海外版) (online reading only – no downloading)
  • China Monographic Serials Database 中国学术辑刊全文数据库
  • China Proceedings of Conference Database 中国重要会议论文全文数据库
  • China Reference Database 中国工具书网络出版总库
  • China Statistical Yearbooks Database 中国经济社会大数据研究平台 (online viewing only – no downloading)
  • China Yearbooks Database 中国年鉴网络出版总库
  • International Proceedings of Conference Full-text Database 国际会议论文全文数据库

DeGruyter  Access to 75,000 DRM-free eBooks from participating publisher partners in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and law. Available through July 31, 2020.

Diaolong Full-text Database of Chinese and Japanese Ancient Books / 雕龙-中日古籍全文检索数据库 Available through October 31, 2020.

Digitalia Hispanica Provided free online access to a large collection of Spanish-language books and articles.

EBSCO databases for BadgerLink  EBSCO temporarily extended access to several databases and ebook collections to all residents of Wisconsin through BadgerLink. Available until June 28, 2020.

  • Academic Search Ultimate
  • Business Source Ultimate
  • EBSCO eBooks Academic Collection

EBSCO databases for CRL Members EBSCO extended access to numerous databases to members of CRL (Center for Research Libraries). Available through June 30, 2020.

  • African American Historical Serials Collection
  • Atla Historical Monographs Collection
  • Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Series 1 and Series 2
  • Business Periodicals Index, Retrospective: 1913-1982 (H.W. WIlson)
  • Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index
  • Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson)
  • Magazine Archives:
    • The Atlantic Magazine Archive (1857-2014)
    • Bloomberg Businessweek Archive (1929-2000)
    • Ebony Magazine Archive (1945-2014)
    • Forbes Archive (1917-2000)
    • Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000)
    • The New Republic Archive (1914-2020)
    • People Magazine Archive (1974-2000)
  • Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 (H.W. Wilson)

Elgar  Access to titles in Business and Management, Economics & Finance, Environment, Geography, Law, Public Policy & Politics, and Social Policy & Sociology. Access limited to titles currently held in the libraries’ print collection. Available through August 31, 2020.

Folger Shakespeare Library performances A videorecording of Macbeth and audio recordings of seven other performances. Available through July 1, 2020.

Gale Primary Source databases Gale extended access to numerous databases to members of CRL (Center for Research Libraries). Available through June 30, 2020.

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers, Parts 1-5
  • 19th Century Collections Online, Parts 1-12
  • American Historical Periodicals, Series 1-6
  • Archives Unbound

GeoScienceWorld eBooks  (public access version) Some publishers have made their content available in this comprehensive resource of eBooks for researchers in the Earth Sciences. Available through June 30, 2020.

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.

IET Digital Library  Ebook collection for the engineering and technology community covers reference and emerging topics in A.I., cyber security, big data, computing, healthcare technologies, electromagnetics, sensors, circuits, devices, systems, electrical, unmanned vehicles, mechanical, power, energy, sonar, radar, electronic warfare, and computer science. Available until June 30, 2020.

Japan Illustrated and Japan Times Enthronement Number 1928

Japan Times Archives Database of The Japan Times (1865-1866, Meiji period 1897 to 2019), The Japan Advertiser (1913-1942), The Japan Times & Mail (1918-1940), and Nippon Times (1943-1956).

JKBooks Series Ebook platform for JapanKnowledge. Offers a collection of publications containing specialized content through its database. Provides unaltered PDF page images of original books, while retaining ease of reading physical books in its display. Available until May 23, 2020.

JoVE Science Education Access to JoVE Science Education video library of videos teaching scientific fundamentals. Expected to be available through June 15, 2020.

Kanopy (authenticated access only) With the support of select content partners, Kanopy put together a collection of films to stream at no cost for 30 days.

KinoDen Japanese language books from Kinokuniya Digital Library. Available until May 23, 2020.

Knovel Provided access to five titles related to emergency planning and preparedness including 2019 ASHRAE® Handbook Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Applications (S-I Edition).

LWW Health Library  Portal for health science education and clinical content directly to students, faculty, and staff. Provides interactive online access to essential texts, images, real-life case studies, and quiz banks specifically tailored for the specialty. Collections included are: Advanced Practice Nursing, Board Review Series, Clerkship/Clinical Rotations, Exercise Science, Internal Medicine, Made Incredibly Easy!, Occupational Therapy, PA Rotations/Specialties, PA Core Education, Premium Basic Sciences, Premium Pharmacy. Available until May 31, 2020.

Maisaku Mainichi Newspaper Database allows you to search about one million pages from Meiji to Heisei era. 1872-1988 of Tokyo head office edition available as PDF. 1876-1942 issues of the Osaka edition are also stored. 1989-1999 available as flash. Available until May 23, 2020.

Maruzen eBook Library Available until May 23, 2020.

McGraw-Hill Medical including AccessAnesthesiology, AccessCardiology, AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessHemOnc, AccessNeurology, AccessPediatrics, AccessPharmacy, AccessPhysiotherapy, AccessSurgery, F.A. Davis Athletic Training Collection, F.A. Davis Physical Therapy Collection, and Case Files Collection.

MGG Online The general encyclopedia of music, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, includes in-depth articles on every aspect of music and many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. Available until May 31, 2020.

MIT Press Direct  Access to more than 2,770 MIT Press eBooks in art and architecture, biomedical sciences, business and finance, computer science, cognitive science, design, education, environment, game studies, humanities, information science, linguistics, neuroscience, new media, philosophy, and social sciences. Available until June 30, 2020.

Moazine (authenticated access only) Available through October 31, 2020.

Numérique Premium Provided access to 3500 French-language titles in humanities, social, legal, and political sciences.

Psychotherapy.net  Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Social Work Videos.

Project Euclid 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 made scholarly content temporarily available for free. Among the publishers currently opting to make some of their 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). Available until June 30, 2020.

RILM Music Encyclopedias A curated full-text collection of 57 titles published from 1775 to the present. Spans fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and theory, with focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers. Available until May 31, 2020.

RIPM  An extensive collection of rare, primary source music periodicals dating from the Early Romantic to the Modern Period. Includes Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text and Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals. Available through May 31.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals  Contains 105 jazz journals covering the period from 1914 to 2006. Available through May 31.

SAGE Knowledge  Social sciences resources from SAGE and CQ Press. Available to July 13 2020.

SAGE Research Methods Video  Available until July 13, 2020.

SAGE Video Available until July 13, 2020.

ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Textbooks  Over 300 textbooks available to all active ScienceDirect customers. Available through August 31.

Shanghai Library Databases  Provides access to the following resources. Available until July 8, 2020.

  • Chinese Periodical of Modern China – Literature Collection 中国近代中文期刊全文数据库-文学专题 (1872-1949)
  • The Late Qing Full-text Database 晚清期刊全文数据库 (1833-1911)
  • Chinese Periodical Full-text Database 中文期刊全文数据库 (1911-1949)
  • Chinese Serial Full-text Database 遐迩贯珍 (1853-1856)
  • Dian-shi-zhai Pictorial Full-text Database 点石斋画报 (1884-1898)
  • The North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists 字林洋行 (1850-1951)
  • Sin Wan Pao 新闻报 (1893~1949)
  • The Eastern Times 时报 (1904-1939)
  • The China Press 大陆报 (1911-1949)
  • The Tabloids 小报 (1897-1949)
  • The Shanghai Times 上海泰晤士报 (1925-1943)
  • The Shanghai Evening Post & Mercury 大美晚报 (1929-1949)
  • The Shanghai Evening Courier 上海晚邮 (1869-1874)
  • Shanghai Courier & China Gazette 中华快报 (1876-1878)
  • Shanghai Courier 上海差报 (1876-1878)
  • The Republican Daily 民国日报 (1916-1949)
  • Central Daily News 中央日报 (1928-1949)
  • Yi Shih Pao 益世报 (1915-1949)
  • Ta Kung Pao 大公报 (1902-1949/1952)

SpringerNature Textbooks 407 English-language textbooks. Available until July 31.

VitalSource This resource is a platform for a large collection of textbooks. Available until May 25, 2020.