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Free and Open resources page

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:


Online Newspapers

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


This page is for any library users looking for study resources that are free to use. Search Discover, then filter by 'Format' and then 'Print Book' and scroll down to 'Held by Library' if you wish to filter by either Sheila Silver or Headingley libraries.

You can also find our journal titles by filtering on 'Format' and then 'Journal, Magazine'.

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 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.