Online Databases – On Campus Access



Bioline International
Subjects covered: public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security and biodiversity.

DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)

It is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines.

Free Book Centre

This portal focuses primarily on academic material. Free Book Centre contains links to thousands of free online technical books and other subject areas, which include: Computer Science, Arts, Religion, Church Administration, Languages, Fiction and Cooking.

NCBI Bookshelf

Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in Life Science and Healthcare. Access is via keyword search or Browse Titles or New Releases. In the keyword search tool, other access options (limits) include Subjects, Types and Publishers. Search results contain the PDFs of books, collections, databases, documentations and reports.

Google Books

This search tool contains an extensive list of material from the Google Library Project and Partner Programmes covering Arts, Religion, Church Administration and Languages. Google books has a keyword search key plus several search tools (limit) options. Search results will include full-text e-books and also chapters/sections of a book on that topic. Links (citations) can be stored in a personal Google Account.

IWA Publishing Journals and Books

Access to full-text e-journals and e-books on water, wastewater and environment from 17 leading journals and a range of books.

Bloomsbury Open Access

Access to selected books in the humanities and social sciences which are published on under Creative Commons and Bloomsbury Open licenses. Subject areas include: anthropology, politics & international relations, sociology, film & media, law, and research methods & study skills.

International Development Research Centre

Access to 1200-plus free e-books covering the following subjects: Development, Economics, Environment, Evaluation, Food and Agriculture, Gender, Governance, Health, Information and Communication, Natural resources, Science and Technology, Social Policy.

National Academies Press

Access hundreds of books which can be downloaded as pdf for free by the chapter or the entire book. Topics include: Agriculture, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Conflict and Security Issues, Education, Energy, Environmental Studies, Food & Nutrition, Industry and Labour.

Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

Access hundreds of academic books in humanities and social sciences.

Open Research Library

A multidisciplinary database covering more than 14,000 Open Access academic books in Law, History, Computer Science, Medicine, Music, Political Science, Philosophy, Languages and Arts, Social Sciences, Technology and Engineering

Oxford Scholarship Online

A multidisciplinary database which provides access to more than 17000 online books in 26 subject modules that includes; Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Biology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Law, Neuroscience, Physics, Social Work, Music, Public Health and Epidemiology, Sociology, Clinical Medicine and Allied Health, Chemistry, Archaeology, Public Health and Epidemiology.

Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO)

OHO is an outstanding collection of the best Handbooks across 17 subject areas that includes; Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Psychology, Law, Business Management, Social Work, Music,  Sociology, Archaeology, Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias (ORE)

ORE provides collections of in-depth, trustworthy summaries on an ever-growing range of topics which includes; African History, Economics and Finance, Literature, American History, Education, Natural Hazard Science, Asian History, Encyclopaedia of Social Work, Neuroscience, Business and Management, Environmental Science, Oxford Classical Dictionary, Climate Science, International Studies, Politics, Communication, Latin American History, Psychology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Linguistics and Religion






African Journals On-Line (AJOL)


Tables of contents and abstracts of over 250 African journals with document delivery.

African Portal

The Africa Portal is an online resource that seeks to broaden the availability, accessibility and use of policy research on issues critical to the future of Africa. It is a collaborative project between the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

American Physical Society

American Physical Society has agreed to partner with INASP to make their electronic content available at no charge to education, research and not-for-profit organizations within your country.

Bioline International

Subjects covered: public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security and biodiversity.

Canadian Law Reports

Directory of Open Access Resources (OpenDOAR)

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
This database contains free, full content, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. And covers all subjects and languages.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Emerald Insight is home to more than 255,000 current and Backfiles articles across the fields of business, management, economics, engineering, computing, technology, and social sciences.

Global Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Search

Search the 5,007,869 electronic theses and dissertations contained in the NDLTD archive:

IWA Publishing Journals and Books

Access to full-text e-journals and e-books on water, wastewater and environment from 17 leading journals and a range of books.

Access to fulltime-text journal articles available as searchable, scanned page images from Access to full-text journal articles available as searchable, scanned page images from over 800 important scholarly journals in 48 disciplines

Elsevier Open access journals
Access to over 2,960 Journals covering Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Health Sciences.

PubMed Central
Access to journal articles covering biomedical and life sciences journal literature. The full text of all PubMed Central articles is available for free.

Science Electronic Online Library (SciELO)
Originated in Brazil to improve access to journal content covering Agricultural Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, and Human Sciences.



Research4Life is a public-private partnership of the FAO, WHO, UNEP, WIPO, Cornell University, Yale University, the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM) Publishers and up to 185 international scientific publishers. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to high quality scientific research. Since 2002, the five programmes – Research in Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI), Research for Global Justice (GOALI) – have provided researchers from more than 8,500 institutions in more than 115 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to up to 85,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, applied sciences and law.

Southern Africa Legal Information Institute

Springers eJournals cover a wide range of subjects including biomedicine and the life sciences, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer sciences, human sciences, social sciences and economics.


The Zimbabwe Legal Information Institute (ZimLII) provides free, full and anonymous access to Zimbabwe Case-law, Legislation and Legal Journals. On the ZimLII website you can read and download the online resources for free, the most current and complete digital collection of Zimbabwe case law and case summaries from the superior courts  including a  selection of Zimbabwean legislation as enacted, Law Review Journals and The ZimLII Blog. 

World Bank Publications

  • Africa Development Indicators is the premier data source on the African economy. It contains over 1,400 indicators and time series from 1965 for 53 countries
  • Global Economic Monitor is a “one-stop shop” portal for analysis of current economic trends, and economic and financial indicators
  • Global Development Finance Online offers external debt and financial flow data for over 129 countries
  • World Development Indicators is the premier data source on the global economy
  • World Bank E-Library is an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 5,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 2,000 World Bank publications and over 3,200 Policy Research Working Papers, plus each new book and paper as they are published.

Free Online Legal Sources


Encyclopaedia Britannica




  • Oxford Reference Online – Oxford Reference Online includes over 1.4 million entries across 27 subject areas, everything from architecture to zoology. It offers the very best in quick reference information together with authoritative, in-depth articles by top academics and experts. It also offers excellent functionality, and a wide range of additional material such as maps, illustrations and timelines.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online – Oxford English Dictionary Online provides you with unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words (past and present) from across the English-speaking world.
  • Dictionary.Com 
  • Cambridge Online Dictionary  – The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English.
  • Encyclopaedia.Com  – has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.
  • Wikipedia
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Business