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Partner Students UK: Free online resources

Free search tools (Journal articles)

Directory of open access journals

Search for articles within journals that are open access and provide freely available content.


DMU's repository including access to journal articles and other research carried out by members of the university.  Access to the full-text is free where publishers allow.


Search across repositories, like DORA, at other universities

JSTOR register and read

Read a restricted number of articles for free

Biomed Central

BMC provides access to high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC Series, alongside journals in biomedicine, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Europe PubMed Central

Europe Pubmed Central is an open science platform that enables access to a worldwide collection of life science publications and preprints from trusted sources around the globe.

Open Library of Humanities

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed open access scholarship free of charge to the user.

PubMed (Medline)

PubMed comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. DMU students will be able to access the full-text of any journals that have been licensed for partner students and any freely available content.

Google Scholar

A scholarly search tool. Articles that are freely available will include a link to the full-text


Researchers can make versions of their research freely available where publisher licences permit. ResearchGate has no connection with DMU and individual authors are themselves responsible for uploading the correct and legitimate version of their articles.

Researchers can make versions of their research freely available where publisher licences permit. has no connection with DMU and individual authors are themselves responsible for uploading the correct and legitimate version of their articles.

Free search tools (ebooks)

Google books

Find full-text access to books.  The advanced setting will allow you to refine your search to ebooks only.

Free company information

Companies House

Provides some free company information


UK Government information and profiles

YouGov profiles lite

Provides some interesting if light demographics data

Company Spotlight

Company Spotlight is PrecisionIR's website providing Annual Reports for the world's top publicly traded companies. They also have aggregated content (video, PowerPoint, Webcasts, and more) for over 24,000 companies.

Advertising Association

Represents agencies, brands and media promoting the role, rights and responsibilities of advertising and its impact on individuals, the economy and society. There is also links to Credos their advertising think-tank with downloadable reports on issues related to advertising.

Advertising Standards Authority

The Advertising Standards Authority is the independent body set up by the advertising industry to police the rules laid down in the advertising codes. The latest investigations, adjudications and research are downloadable from the site.


Kompass is a well-known and reliable business to business global trade directory. Simple or advanced searches on products and companies are possible. Basic information is freely accessible. More detailed information is available on a subscription or pay per view service.

The Thomas Register

Comprehensive information on manufacturers and suppliers of products in the USA. There is little or no financial data, just detailed product information with a Product News section with articles and market news on the latest innovations.


Covers some free financial information

Public Library Access

If you are based in the UK, some public libraries (often the main city branch) offer access to over 15 million online journal articles through a scheme called Access to Research.

If you are based overseas, you may have access to National or other Libraries. Please check with your institution.

Open Access Extensions

Plugins are available that will automatically check for free copies of articles you've found online.

Unpaywall looks for articles that are open access or uploaded by the paper's authors. Whenever you come across a paper whose full text is freely available, a green open padlock will open on the side of the web page. 

All plugins are available for Google Chrome and for some versions of Firefox. They can be installed from the Chrome Web store and the Add-ons for Firefox page.