E-resources A-Z

Open Access

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Open DOAR -Directory of Academic Open Access Repositories.
  • Bioline International
  • Biomed central
  • Free Medical Journals
  • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  • SpringerOpen


Institutional repositories: These are “digital collections that preserve and provide access to the intellectual output of an institution.” Contents in IR vary, some could be open or closed, though open is encouraged.

  • Makerere Institutional Repository (Mak IR)
  • Virginia Tech University
  • EThos: Electronic (Theses online service) – Requires one to register

Subject Repositories

  • Arxiv
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • WorldWideScience.org

Subject Repositories

Provide open access learning objects: Quiz, Syllabi, course outline, notes, presentations, simulations, games, videos, podcasts etc. Mostly feature a community of users. Among others, these include:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)

Independent Databases/ Sites

  • Research4Life (R4L) – Independent Database housing about 5 different databases
  • Pdfdrive.com
  • Google Scholar
  • ResearchGate
  • Agro-ecology