Accessing Online Resources

Your EHU eResources

As we find ourselves transitioning to a digital study environment Library and Learning Services are here to help you know what online resources are available for you.

Finding Your Online Resources

A great place to start your digital learning journey is our Digital Library Induction and UniSkills Finding Academic Information webpages. We have created a package of online tutorials to guide you through how to access, and make the most of, your key learning resources.

You have access to over 248,900 online resources via the Library Catalogue, Discover More and online specialist subject databases. If you need help navigating and finding your online resources help is available from the UniSkills team – you can book a virtual 1-2-1 appointment for support with Information Skills (Search Skills and Finding Resources).


Our journal collections can be searched in Discover More and your online specialist subject databases – you will need to log in for off-campus access. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers for the most reliable experience.

You can view an A-Z list of resources we subscribe to on our A-Z Journals page and journals can also be browsed through our new subscription to Browzine.


You can access eBooks by searching the Library Catalogue and Discover More. Most of the eBooks we currently have are now unlimited access (meaning no limits to numbers accessing at any one time), we are prioritising eBook purchases, looking at further electronic provision moving forward and have created a handy eBooks Guide to help you read online and download at your leisure.

Further Help & Support

If you are struggling to get hold of any resources, please use our You Want It, We Get It service and select the electronic option.

Many publishers around the world are also making additional content temporarily available to support teaching and learning where access to physical books and resources may be limited. Details of all these extra resources and how to access them can be found on the additional access to eResources webpage.

If you need any help searching, navigating or accessing your online resources you can book a virtual 1-2-1 appointment for support with Information Skills (Search Skills and Finding Resources).

Additional access to eResources

Most of the temporary access to content provided by publishers to assist online learning during the lockdown has now ended. A few publishers have kindly extended their offers and these are listed below with links to the content.

Published content available temporarily

RCNi resources for nurses

Resources and articles for nurses around the COVID-19 virus. The site includes an area with training resources, particularly aimed at
students and nurses returning to the temporary register

Springer e-textbooks

A collection of e-textbooks from Springer Nature, freely available to University staff and students.  The collection covers a range of subjects, but mainly Computer Studies, Physics, Maths and Business.

Please note access is restricted to the items searchable from this link in the ‘Free Textbooks and Library Link special issue during Covid 19’ package.

Access until 31/07/20

Bloomsbury Collection

A collection of 8000 ebooks across 22 subjects, mainly in the arts and humanities.

Access extended until 31/07/20


Statista consolidates statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources.

Statista main site

Statista Global Consumer Survey

Access until 20/07/20


A digital library that covers over 75 disciplines. They have opened up additional content as open access during the COVID-19 pandemic and have also extended the access Edge Hill currently have.

Specific JSTOR links:
Global Plants Database
Lives of Literature
Security Studies

JSTOR extended access available until 31/12/20.

Bloomsbury Cultural History

Access extended until 31/07/20.

Drama Online

Access extended until 31/07/20.

Screen Studies

Access extended until 31/07/20.

Human Kinetics Library

A digital hub for sport and exercise studies.

Access extended until 31/07/20.

Theology & Religion Online

Access extended until 31/07/20.

US National Emergency Library

This site has textbooks that may not have been published in an ebook format. You need to register a personal account to borrow books, but the normal registration wait time has been waived.

Medical Literature related to COVID-19 available temporarily via Open Access

Springer Nature

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 material from Springer Nature – other material available free upon request.


All relevant content on COVID-19 in Dimensions as a single export file, updated daily.


Free access to support educators, researchers and professionals amid growing COVID-19 impact.


All recommendations of articles relating to COVID-19 and the coronavirus family freely available to access on F1000Prime.

Oxford Academic

Free access to OUP resources on coronavirus and related topics.


Includes social science of pandemics as well as COVID-19 specific material.

BMJ Group

Material from the British Medical Journal and other BMJ-published titles. Open access for now.


Coronavirus Topic Article Package.
Free until the end of 2020

Royal Society

All research papers and data relevant to the outbreak made freely available.

Openly licensed content

Directory of Open Access Journals

An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Open Textbooks Hub on OER Commons

Links to many different open textbook sites around the world in many disciplines.


Aimed at finding open access versions of published journal articles, which may be added to your reading list in place of a subscription resource.

Open Access Button

Aimed at finding open access versions of published journal articles, which may be added to your reading list in place of a subscription resource.

Google Scholar

Directory of Open Access books


Open textbook project from Rice University.

OAD – Disciplinary Repositories

An extensive list of OA disciplinary repositories or subject repositories is available via the Open Access Directory (OAD) site. This list includes both preprint and postprint repositories.


The world’s largest collection of open access research papers.

This content has been checked by Edge Hill librarians, but access is changing very quickly and while steps are taken to ensure it is accurate, please do be aware that there might be errors. Where possible we are updating this document in real-time as new sources become available.