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Updates to Libraries' Services

Relevant information related to ODU Libraries operations, resources and services during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Free Publisher Resources

To support faculty and students as education has moved exclusively online, many academic publishers and vendors are providing free temporary access to many of their online resources. Most of these are only available temporarily. Items will be deleted from this page as they become unavailable. Be sure to also consult our Monarch OneSearch catalog for materials the Libraries already have.


Textbooks

Currently, many students do not have access to their purchased course materials. Many vendors are offering free online access to textbooks with registration. Please note that the Libraries are not able to facilitate setting up access to these titles for instructors or students. Each user needs to go through the process individually.  (See also the E-Books tab.)

  • Cengage: For US colleges experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester. Faculty can visit https://www.cengage.com/covid-19-support/faculty/ Students can visit https://www.cengage.com/covid-19-support/student/
  • ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Textbooks: Available through August 31, 2020. The 256 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers for a period of 90 days. Title List.
  • Springer Nature Textbooks:  400 textbooks available through Springer Nature through at least the end of July.  More info.
Classroom Resources
  • American Psychological Association: PsycLearn: Research Methods and PsycLearn: Introduction to Social Psychology : PsycLearn: Research Methods and PsycLearn: Introduction to Social Psychology is available for instructors to use with their students at no cost for the remainder of this Sprsemester. If you would like to use this material in your course, please send an email to psyclearn@apa.org.
  • Oxford University Press: Teaching Resources : Access to digital, course-specific resources that you can use to flesh out your online "lectures"—including videos, simulations, animations, activities, flashcards, quizzes, test banks, PowerPoints, and more—that can all be loaded directly into your LMS ; Instructions on how to access your desk copy as an eBook ; Free access for your students to OUP Higher Education eBooks for the balance of this term ; Free access to online courses from our sister company Epigeum to help you learn strategies for managing the digital classroom ; Webinars for teaching specific disciplines online.
  • SAGE : Free resources for faculty to help transition to teaching online.

(See also the Textbooks tab.)

  • JSTOR:  JSTOR is adding more than 20,000 books. "JSTOR and our participating publishers are making an expanded set of content freely available to our participating institutions where students have been displaced due to COVID-19."  
  • 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.

  • Project Euclid: Extended access to most Project Euclid mathematics ebooks.
  • 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.

Some of the freely available Audio and Video sources available during the Coronavirus crisis:

  • NETFLIX Educational Documentaries  "For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with schools closed. So at their request, we have made a selection of our documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel." Documentaries include "13th," "Knock Down the House," and "Our Planet."
  • Annual Reviews:  Published each year for 40 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics and Financial Economics. Content to the entire platform is temporarily open.
  • JSTOR Public Heath Journals26 newly released Public Health journals available for free access through June 30, 2020. Topics addressed include Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, Occupational and Environmental Health, Health Equity and the Culture of Health, Aging, Bioethics, and Health Promotion.
  • Project Euclid: Extended access to most Project Euclid mathematics journals and ebooks.
  • 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). List of publishers.
  • University of California Press Journals: All online journals content free to all through June 2020. 

The ODU Libraries have activated free trials to the following resources for a limited amount of time.