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Research and Repositories

Institutional Repositories hold free-to-view research produced by a given institution, such as articles or theses. See the Leeds Beckett Repository here:

Leeds Beckett Repository

Or search other institution's repositories by using JISC's Open DOAR tool:

Open DOAR

Online Newspapers

Newspapers are a good place to start when looking at current events. The following papers have some free content:

Further resources

For other, subject-specific, free resources please see the relevant subject pages.

Welcome

This page is for any library users looking for study resources that are free to use. Members of the public can come into the Library, within certain times, to browse our stock or read items within the library. Click here to search the catalogue, then filter by 'City Campus and Headingley' to only see print items.  

You can also find our print journal titles by selecting "Periodical title" instead of "words or phrase".

General resources

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): A list of good quality freely available open access journals and journal articles. DOAJ covers most subject areas.
 
Public Library of Science (PLOS): provides openly accessible good quality journal articles covering science, technology and medicine.
 
Google Scholar: search engine containing academic journal articles and books. Unlike DOAJ and PLOS many journal articles are not freely available.
 
CORE: provides access to millions of openly available research papers.
 
Open Library of Humanities (OLH): freely available, peer reviewed access to academic papers in the humanities.
 
BioMed Central (BMC): providing access to high quality peer reviewed journal articles, BMC covers physical sciences as well as maths and engineering. 
 
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): access to Academic peer-reviewed books and chapters.
 
Oapen:  freely accessible academic books, and book chapters covering a range of disciplines. 
 

Statistics

Statistics can be a great source to support an argument, or to help visualize information. Here are a few free-to-access sources:

Office for National Statistics (ONS) The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics.

Eurostat Official statistics from the European Union

UK National Statistics The official UK statistics site.