A-Z List of e-Resources

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Academic Search Complete

A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

APA PsycInfo

PsycINFO is the American Psychological Association’s renowned resource of peer-reviewed literature in mental health and behavioural science.  It includes full-text articles as well as citations with summaries of over 3 million articles dating back to the 1600s (majority of material is current).   It includes the psychological aspects of areas including:  Sociology, medicines, psychiatry, nursing, education, business law, pharmacology, anthropology, linguistics, technology and more.


Multidisciplinary Image collection incorporated into JSTOR (see below).


Pre-print archive for physics, maths, statistics, computer science, quantitative biology, game theory, finance, electrical engineering, systems science, and economics (originally and primarily physics).

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281,037,872 documents, including research papers from over 9,405 content providers, mostly open access

Biodiversity Heritage Library

“Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.  Improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.”

British National Formulary

Includes the ‘Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary (including dosages, approved preparations and appliances) as well as browsable lists of Drugs, Interactions and a list of Treatment Summaries.

Business Source Ultimate

Covers management, marketing, finance, banking, accounting, human resources and more. Over 27,00 videos from Harvard Business Publishing and others. ‘Company View’ provides detailed company information on finance, subsidiaries, employees etc for over 1.1 million of the world’s largest public and private companies. Full-text business-related journals, including trade publications (2,301 journals and magazines, 1,367 academic peer-reviewed journals, 809 with no embargo. There is a wealth of contextual material in the database for company research including SWOT analyses, market research reports, case studies and industry profiles.

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Easily create great posters, infographics, cards, reports etc using thousands of templates and images.  Excellent for scientific posters.  Do not use your own login – you need to use your University login details.

CINAHL Complete

Main search tool and database for nursing and allied health workers. Full-text access to top journals , evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons and more.

CKS – Clinical Knowledge Summaries

“Providing primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice.”  Has an A-Z listing of Health Topics, as well as a ‘Specialities’ list which groups the health topics together by speciality.

Cochrane Library

Full-text systematic reviews. A collection of 6 databases (portal front-end) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, plus a seventh database providing information about the Cochrane Groups.


UK-hosted Academic search engine, world’s largest collection of open access research papers.  Over 207,255,000 research papers indexed.

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DART Europe

E-Theses Portal for access to the theses collections of national libraries and university consortia across Europe.

DOAB – Directory of Open Access Books

Full-text eBooks – Academic, peer-reviewed books available as Open Access.  Provided by OAPEN [Open access Publishing in European Networks], a not-for-profit foundation in the Netherlands.

DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals

The original route to Open Access material. International coverage.  Note that it only includes journals that fully embrace the principles of OA, not ones that are free after an embargo period, eg ‘hybrid’ journals which are part-subscription and part-OA.

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EBSCO – eBook Academic Collection

Large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles covering a range of academic subjects.  Complements the other subject-specific EBSCO databases the Library subscribes to.

EBSCO eBook Collection

Additional eBooks via EBSCOhost.  Over 200,000 full-text ebooks on a wide range of academic topics, complements the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection database (see above)


Business Studies and Economics publications repository – journals, working papers, conferences, e-books, etc.  A variety of filter options (eg date range, language, open access, etc).  International in scope, with particularly good coverage of German and US material.


Economic literature repository.  Over 230K full-text journal articles, working papers, conference proceedings etc used by more than 400 institutions to disseminate their economics research output.

ERICEducation Resources Information Center

ERIC is an easy to use, comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database of education resources.  It is a free service hosted by the US Department of Education, so whilst the coverage is international, there is a natural focus on academic research from the States.  To limit your results to full text only, tick the ‘Full text available on ERIC’ box under the search box.

EThOS – British Library Theses Online

Search for theses on any subject – details of other 500,000 theses, many of them available for immediate download.

Europe PubMed Central (PMC)

Comprehensive access to Life Sciences literature from trusted sources.  Over 40.2 million publications, preprints and other documents. Includes links to supporting data, reviews, protocols and other resources.

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FIFA – Federation of International Football Associations

Website for all things FIFA, including women’s football, social impact, football development, legal and technical issues and world rankings.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar (different to Google) is a web search engine that allows simple searches across most subject areas.  It can be a good starting point, but for searches that are more complex, it is better to use one of the specialist databases that the University subscribes to.

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Hathi Trust Digital Library

Provides access to the text of millions of titles digitised by libraries around the world.  The Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions.  Many of the digitised books are available as open access, particularly heritage items (eg the collection of incunabula [pre-1500] held at Universidad Complutense Madrid. Other gems include books and pamphlets on the history of Gibraltar, and its plant and marine life.

Historic England

Digital archive of historical photos, drawings and reports of buildings and the landscape of England.  Includes a number of special collections. Dating from the 1850s onwards, the archive holds over 9 million photographs.

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IMF eLibrary (International Monetary Fund)

Provides direct access to the full text of IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. You will find information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more.

Internet Archive

Open access digital library of internet sites and cultural artefacts in digital from. Their “mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.”  The site now contains over 625 billion web pages, 38 million books and texts, 14 million audio recordings, 7 million videos, and more.  Books published pre-1927 can be downloaded, books still in copyright can be ‘borrowed’ electronically through their ‘Open Library’ site (free registration required to borrow online books).

Internet Archive WayBack Machine

The Internet Archive does periodic captures of entire websites, started 1996, mostly from 2000 onwards. The mission stated above the search box is “explore more than 327 billion web pages saved over time”. Type in a URL and a calendar of when captures were made is presented.  You can then explore earlier iterations of a website to get a feel for how academic areas have ebbed and flowed as well as the ‘history’ of an institution.  Librarians and journalists use it when ‘stuff’ disappears from websites (government, corporations) without prior notice eg Trump administration removing climate change concerns from the White House official site.


Comprehensive online directory of films, actors, scriptwriters etc and the films they are involved in.  Includes ratings and reviews.

IODE – Ocean Data Portal

From their website:  “Seamless access to ocean data.  Includes data and maps.  Can be slow to load.  It is a portal to other services, and with data accessible via the portal too.  Eg EMODnet – Physics (“ocean physics at your fingertips) includes waves, water temperature, water salinity, currents, sea level, water conductivity etc.

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JISCmail Homepage

Find (academic) email discussion lists on most subjects.  Most lists are open but some are closed (membership restricted to certain people, eg specific software developers).  Stay current with a subject area and hear about new resources.

JournalTOCs (Table of Contents)

From their website:  “JournalTOCs is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of contents (TOCs):  32,712 journals including 16,026 selected Open access journals and 11,918 Hybrid journals, from 3,333 publishers.  For researchers, students, librarians and anyone looking for the latest scholarly articles. Alerts you when new issues of your followed journals are published. Over 120,000 new articles every month. “…Service created by the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. Jump to journals by subject (see RH side of homepage), or search and browse.  Note: You need to register (free) to receive email alerts of journals you follow.


Multidisciplinary database of primary sources – eBooks, articles and images, includes education, health, marine science and business resources.

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King’s Fund Library Database

Extensive online catalogue of health and social care management, policy and systems.  Does not cover clinical issues and treatments. Coverage from 1863 to present.

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Maintained by the UK National Archive on behalf of the UK government.  Covers most types of legislation, all with accompanying explanatory texts.

Larousse Dictionaries

Free online French dictionaries (21) including bilingual dictionaries.  Coverage includes encyclopaedias and cuisine.

Library Hub Discover (formerly COPAC)

Search simultaneously across the library catalogues of 187 institutions in the UK and Ireland, including research and other specialist collections; or delve into specific Library collections (eg the National Army Museum).  Catalogue records only, not full-text. Particularly useful for researchers going on study trips to maximise number of resources available in a geographical location.

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MEDLINE (NIH – US National Library of Medicine)

Abstracting & Indexing bibliographic database.  Medline content is searchable via PubMed, and open access content found in PubMed appears in Medline.

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NCRM – National Centre for Research Methods

Includes a repository of their research methods publications.

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OpenDOAR – Directory of Open Access Repositories

OpenDOAR is a free quality-assured global directory of  thousands of Open Access (OA) repositories of academic – mainly university – repositories.  Search across a range of features eg location, software, or type of material held.


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes individual researchers from every other (especially of the same name) and provides links that highlight other aspects of their research.  It is an EU and UK Research Councils (UKRI) requirement for researchers in receipt of their funding to register for an ORCID (free).

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Pre-print archive for Palaeontology (use the spelling ‘paleontology’ on the site). Earth and Life Sciences.  Part of the OSFPREPRINTS stable (OSF = Open Science Framework) you can search across paleorXiv and partner repositories simultaneously.  You can select which partner repositories to search to refine your results.

PLOS Biology

PLOS Biology publishes articles of exceptional significance, originality and relevance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including work at the interface of other disciplines such as chemistry, medicine and mathematics. The journal also publishes data-driven meta-research that evaluates and aims to improve the standards of research in the life sciences and beyond.  Full-text articles.

PLOS Computational Biology

PLOS Computational Biology publishes works of significance that further the understanding of living systems at all scales – from molecules and cells to patient populations and ecosystems – through the application of computational methods. The journal provides a forum for important biological research driven by computation.

PLOS Medicine

PLOS Medicine publishes articles on biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of human health worldwide. The journal accepts a variety of study designs including clinical trials, observational studies, diagnostic and prognostic tools, epidemiology, predictive and explanatory modeling, qualitative studies and clinically oriented translational research.


PLOS ONE features reports of original research from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, as well as the related social sciences and humanities that will contribute to the base of scientific knowledge. By not excluding research on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines. Includes systematic reviews, methods, software, databases, qualitative research (within strict guidelines) and studies reporting negative results.  Links to other PLOS journals eg ‘PLOS Computational Biology’, PLOS Biology’, ‘PLOS Research News’ etc.

Project Gutenberg

One of the original internet projects.  Contains transcribed and scanned full-text books.  Has alternative front-end displays in French, Portuguese and German. Includes classical texts (Aristotle, Plato etc), recognised great works of fiction ancient and modern eg Dickens, Lewis Carroll. In the US works enter the public domain prior to 1923. More recent texts may be subject to some standard copyright restrictions.

PubMed Central (PMC)

Digital archive of scholarly articles (mainly free full-text) of  biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).  Over 7.8 million articles indexed.

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Some full-text available.  Search by researcher name and subject area to find leaders in the field and/or disambiguate researcher names. Good for personal network building as well as obtaining academic articles.

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Free to search and find details of journals and book chapters in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities. Includes direct access to indexed Open Access content.  We only have access to the OA material on ScienceDirect.


Scopus is an abstracting and indexing (A&I) database of academic literature across disciplines. Search for papers, authors and subjects.  It also has built-in data, metrics and analytical tools for providing author and institutional ‘profiles’.  From the main Search Screen you can click on ‘Search tips’ to help you get the best out of using the database.  The search tips include short instructional videos.  You do not need to create an additional account – access the database using ‘Institutional Access’, selecting ‘University of Gibraltar’ from the list.


SocArXiv is dedicated to opening up social science, to reach more people more effectively, to improve our research, and build the future.”  Their ‘Welcome’ page has:  Open archive of the social sciences (free). “Open access platform for social scientists to upload working papers, preprints and published papers with the option to link data and code…The link to the search portal itself is available on the ‘Welcome’ page, not the home page.  For more details click here.

SPSS – Statistical analysis software

Contact IT HelpDesk, x810 for access and licence key information.

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UKRIUK Research and Innovation

Successor organisation to Research Councils UK (RCUK) with the addition of Innovate UK and a new organisation Research England.  Web page linking to all the individual Research Councils (MRC, ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC etc)  https://www.ukri.org/about-us/our-councils/ Use these sites to find projects in your area of interest and thus research leaders to search for in institutional repositories, ORCID, ResearchGate etc. Go to RH ‘About Us’ drop-down menu and select ‘Our Councils’. Choose which RC to look at eg ‘BBSRC. In BBSRC site click on ‘Research’ drop-down and select ‘Research’ and in LH navigation menu choose ‘Search awarded grants’, you can then choose either ‘Quick Search’ or ‘Advanced Search’ to track down subjects, people, projects and  institutions of interest in your subject area. Each RC site is arranged in its own way.

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Web of Science

Web of Science Core Collection of journals books and conference proceedings. Citation indexing of the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities. Forward and backward citation searching and indexing. Over 12 million Gold and Green full-text articles included. Author and institutional searches.

Wiley Online Library

Contains Wiley journal articles that have become Open Access (end of embargo period) or are instant OA (‘Gold’ route to publishing).  You can select a subject area or browse individual journals. Perform your search then ‘refine’ by clicking on ‘Open Access content‘.

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Yahoo Image Search

Search for images on the web via the Yahoo search engine.

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Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographical data and related research materials.  Includes a ‘Quick Start Guide’.

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