Institutional repositories 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.
OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. It contains digital collections of various insitutionl repositories and content varies. The service is based on Google Custom Search engine and it lets you search the contents of the repositories listed in OenDoar for freely availbale academic research information.
KIU Digital Repository
KIU Digital Repository is a collection of scholarly output by researchers of Kampala International University, including scholarly articles and books, electronic theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, technical reports. It is the official Institutional Repository (IR) of KIU.
Virginia Tech University
Provides access to theses and dissertations generated by a variety of harvesters and search engines in cooperation with the NDLTD–Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
Ethos: Electronic Theses Online Service
Requires one to register to get access to over 350,000 UK doctoral theses
Provides open access to 855,382 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. Contains open e-print archive with over 100000 articles in physics, 10000 in mathematics, and 1000 in computer science.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 490,600 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 399,400 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications
WorldWideScience.org: provides one-stop searching of national and international scientific databases and portals. This enables anyone with internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 52 countries. Users can search more than 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines. Some of the resources that you will come cross searching via WorldWideScience include DOAJ and all the Journals Online projects (JOLs).
OPEN ACCESS EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
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:
MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.
Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)
The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information. IMARK consists of a suite of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management. There are separate portals in French and Spanish.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge for teachers and learner Worldwide learning network of shared teaching and learning materials made freely available online. Grouped by subject area and grade
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
Is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world Tufts University is committed to offering the world’s learners free access to its many academic resources. Tufts OpenCourseWare (OCW) seeks to capitalize on the potential of the internet to eliminate borders and geographic distance as obstacles to the instantaneous exchange of knowledge and new ideas. Unlike distance learning programs that charge tuition, provide formal instruction and limit participation, OpenCourseWare offers all course materials free to everyone with online access.
PUBLIC DOMAIN RESOURCES
Allows free download eBooks from kindle, android, ipad, nook, epub or read online.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.
Apart from Reseach4Life and Open Access Resources, the rest of the databases are accessed only when using KIU NETWORK. For further enquiries email the E-Resources Librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org