Academic Online Databases and Search Engines/Web Portals at GIMPA

Alphabetical List of Academic Online Databases and Search Engines/Web Portals at GIMPA

Please note that the bolded subjects are currently run at GIMPA


  • Academic Journals -
  • Multi-Disciplinary. It is a broad-based publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals. Academic journals currently publish 111 open access journals covering art and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and agricultural sciences.

  • Academic Search Complete -
  • Comprehensive scholarly and multi-disciplinary full-text database hosted on the Ebscohost platform and with over 8,500 full-text periodicals (including over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals). It also offers indexing and abstracts for over 12,500 journals and 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Searchable cited references are provided for over 1,400 journals. In addition, the database features PDF content from 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.

  • ACM Digital - Association for Computing Machinery - via IP
  • The most comprehensive full-text articles and bibliographic records covering the fields of Computing and Information Technology published by ACM from major publishers in computing. The full-text database includes journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles.

  • Africa Knowledge Project (AKP) -
  • Promotes and disseminates Critical evidence-based African-centered Studies. It disseminates Africa-centered, evidence-based knowledge on Africa and its Diaspora. It is peer-reviewed and curated. It is an electronic, full-text resource in the humanities and social sciences.

  • AGORA - Access Global Online Research In Agriculture -
  • Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program to provide free or low-cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental, and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. It provides access to up to 6,500 journals from the world’s leading academic publishers.

  • AJOL - African Journals Online -
  • A multi-disciplinary database with access to some full-text, table of contents, and abstracts of over 250 African-published journals within the African Studies, Agriculture & Food Sciences, Aquatic Sciences, Art & Architecture, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics, Earth Sciences, Economics & Development, Education, Environmental Sciences, Finance & Management, Fish & Fisheries, General Science, Health, History, Humanities, Information, Communication & Library Sciences, Language & Literature, Philosophy, Political Science & Law, Psychology & Psychiatry, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology, Technology, Computer Science & Engineering, and Veterinary Science.

  • American Physical Society - ( or via IP
  • APS publishes 13 leading peer-reviewed journals, 3 of which are open access. Our collection includes the Physical Review family and Reviews of Modern Physics. Full-text of leading International Physics Research Journals and Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA).

  • Annual Reviews - or
  • Timely comprehensive collections of Critical Reviews of 46 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Computer Science, Environment and Resources, Financial Economics, Law, Social Science, Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behaviors, Psychology, Public Health, Resource Economics, Sociology, and Statistics. Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature, indexed by the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). Recently partnered with Google Subscriber links to ensure users can access content directly from Google Scholar.

  • ARDI - Access to Research for Development and Innovation -
  • Coordinated by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) with its partners in the publishing industry to improve and increase access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology for the availability of Scientific and Technical Information in Developing Countries. Currently with 31 publishers with around 28,000 journals, books, and reference work for 117 developing countries and territories through ARDI.


  • BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine -
  • One of the World’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access resources.

  • Beech Tree Publishing -
  • Peer-reviewed Academic Journals on Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Research Evaluation, Science and Public Policy. Full Text with subjects including Agriculture/Food Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Biology/Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Business, Engineering/Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Nursing, Social Sciences Philosophy/Linguistics, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology/Psychiatry. Titles may also be found in Oxford University Press.

  • BioMed CENTRAL -
  • This is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher, owned by Springer Science and Business Media, with a portfolio of peer-reviewed open access journals including Biology, Medicine and Health alongside specialist journals such as Malarial Journal and BMC Infectious Diseases

  • Bio One - via IP
  • An XML-based aggregate of over 150 full-text of high-impact bioscience research journals from 123 publishers with focus on biological, stem cell research, Ecological and Biodiversity Conservation, Global Warming and Environmental Sciences

  • Bookboon -
  • Focused and to the point free online textbooks by highly respected professors from top Universities in the World. Subjects areas include Economics, Statistics, IT, Engineering and Natural Science

  • Brill’s Developing Countries Journals - via IP
  • Access to 200 Journal titles including 16 e-only titles and 6 full open access titles with focus on Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and Science selected areas

  • British Library for Development Studies Digital Library -
  • Full Text and multidisciplinary copies of Developing Country Research made available online for global audience

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) -
  • Psychology


  • Cambridge Journals Online -
  • Provides access to a multidisciplinary collection of over 380 leading journals covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine.

  • Cochrane Library -
  • A collection of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more.

  • Cogprints -
  • Self-Archive papers in Computer Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Mathematical Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Social Science

  • CREDO - via IP
  • Subjects includes Agriculture, Aquaculture & Food Sciences, Business, Finance & Economics, Education, Food, Drink & Nutrition, General Reference, Health & Medicine, Leadership, Mathematics & Statistics, Psychology, Social Sciences, Technology & Engineering


  • DATAD - Database of African Theses and Dissertations

    Unique African Universities’ Scholarly Resource for Abstracts, Citations and Indexes of Theses and Dissertations. Includes subjects in ten leading Universities available through the Association of African Universities (AAU) searched by Author, Title, Degree, Supervisor, University, Department, Year of submission and Keywords

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) -
  • An online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD) -
  • Access to Bibliographic records of Scholarly resources in Open Access including Journals, Conference Proceedings and Academic Repositories


  • EBSCO Complete -
  • Multi-disciplinary with over 11,000 full text peer-reviewed journals and over 15,000 abstracted and indexed titles and access to 8 major databases: Academic Search Premier; Business Source Premier; ERIC; Masterfile Premier; Medline; Newspaper Source; Health Source: Nursing & Academic and Health Source: Consumer Edition (one can access AAA journals as part of the EBSCOHost Business Source databases). In addition are cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers, selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers and full text television & radio news transcripts

  • Edinburgh University Press -
  • Full Text of over 35 journals across a range of disciplines in the – Humanities, Law, African Studies and Social Sciences

  • Edward Elgar Publishing - via IP
  • • Click the 'browse' tab

    •Choose 'All accessible content' from the 'Refine by Access' menu on the left-hand side

    •Accessible content will be indicated by a full green circle

  • Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETDs)

    Central portal to access original Global Electronic Thesis and Dissertations from originating institutions

  • Electronic Dev’t Information System (ELDIS) -
  • Developmental issues including Population and Demography,Health,poverty, agriculture, land use etc.

  • EMERALD - via IP
  • Multi-disciplinary with Emerald Management Xtra features 140 and Emerald Engineering 15 peer-reviewed and fully searchable full text Journals plus reviews from the World’s Top 300 Accounting & Finance, Business, Computer, Economics, Education, Engineering, Health & Social Care, HR & Organizational Behaviour, Management Science & Operations, Marketing, Property Management & Built Environment, Public Policy & Environment Management, Sociology, Strategy, Tourism & Hospitality, Transport Journals

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (Academic edition) -
  • Academic edition

  • Education Resources Information Center (Eric) -
  • Full text peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Reports


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  • Geological Society - or
  • Collection of new and archival journal, special publication and book content and key peer-reviewed Earth science literature of the highest quality including Geological Engineering, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Exploration, Environment, Petroleum Geology

  • Google Scholar -
  • Multidisciplinary and helps to find relevant works across the world of scholarly research covering peer reviewed articles, abstracts, books, theses, technical reports and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites

  • GreenFILE (Ebscohost) -
  • A bibliographic database of full text information about Environmental concerns focusing on the impact (negative and positive) of humans on the environment and the planet, well researched and accessible information ranging from sustainable Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Education, Global warming, Green Building, Health, Law, Pollution, Renewable Energy and Technology and recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond


  • HeinOnline - via IP
  • Access to fully-searchable Legal history, English Reports, History of International Law, Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP), Legal Classics, U.S. Code, U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Supreme Court Library, World Constitutions Illustrated in image-based format. In addition, it contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of U.Sl Reports back to 1754, famous world trails dating back to the early 1700s, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938 and much more

  • HighWire Press -
  • Hosts the largest repository of peer-reviewed content including over 1750 Journals, books, Reference works and other scholarly publications from over 130 scholarly publishers covering the Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences

  • HINARI - Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative - or
  • Health, medicine and related subjects (not just limited to health and medicine) Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities

  • HST - Libraries in a Digital Age - via IP
  • Over 800 specially prepared online audio-visual lectures by leading experts in Business and Management fields


  • IEEE -
  • The world’s largest Technical Professional organization dedicated to Advancing Technology for the benefit of humanity and publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, electronics and a leading developer of international standard that underpins many of today’s telecommunications, information technology and power-generation products and services. IEEE is also a global trusted “Voice” for engineering, computing and technology information that inspires a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through it highly cited publications, conferences technology standards and professional and educational activities

  • IMF eLibrary -
  • The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers, studies, data and statistical tools. Also included are information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice and poverty reduction

  • Intellect Journals Collection - via IP
  • Intellect is an independent multidisciplinary academic publisher presenting scholarly work at the cross section of arts, media and creative practice

  • InTech -
  • InTech is the publisher of one of the largest Peer-reviewed open access books and journals covering Physical Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine and Social Sciences & Humanities. It has published 5 Journals, 2,616 books and collaborated with 92,003 international scientists since 2004. With over 20, 000 web of Science citations and 82 million downloads, it gives authors international visibility, global scientific communities’ recognition for value and impact of their research

  • IOP - American Institute of Physics -
  • Access to 12 Journals, 2 magazines and conference proceedings series of the world's most prestigious Journals in physics and related disciplines including Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics and the Journal of Chemical Physics, Conference Proceedings series and Renewable and Sustainable Energy (Hosts over 2 million articles from over 200 scholarly publications from 28 society publishers)


  • Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator -
  • Subjects include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Biology, Life Sciences and Basic Medicine, Agriculture and Food Sciences, General Medicine, Social Medicine, and Nursing Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering in General, Nanosciences and Materials Sciences, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Sciences, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Journal Archive -
  • Science, Technology and Engineering

  • JSTOR (aluka incorporated) - via IP
  • Multidisciplinary with access to full-text of more than 2,000 scholarly journals available as searchable, scanned page images in 48 disciplines


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  • Librarians Index to the Internet -
  • An index of library and information science journal articles, books, research reports, and conference proceedings, covering topics like librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management.


  • Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. - or via IP
  • 64 authoritative peer-reviewed publications in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research/life sciences, clinical medicine and surgery, alternative and complementary medicine, Public Health, Engineering and Technology, Law and Economics, philanthropy, Environmental Studies, Policy and Sustainability

  • Mendeley - http://
  • A free Reference Manager and Academic Social Network which helps to manage and showcase one’s research and work

  • Merriam – Webster Dictionary -
  • Merriam-Webster, an Encyclopaedia Britannica company, has been America's leading provider of language information for more than 180 years.


  • Nature Publishing Group -
  • Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Practice and Research, Earth and Environment

  • National Academic Press -
  • Agriculture ,Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biology and Life Sciences, Computers and Information Technology, Conflict and Security Issues ,Earth Sciences, Education, Energy and Energy Conservation, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Environmental Studies, Food & Nutrition, Health and Medicine, Industry and Labor, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, Policy for Science and Technology, Space and Aeronautics and Transportation and Infrastructure


  • Online Access to Research on Environment (OARE) - or via IP (not just limited to sciences)
  • Environmental science and related subjects

  • OpenDOAR - Directory of Open Access Repoistories -
  • All Subjects

  • Oxford English Dictionary - www.doaj.orgvia IP
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online and Oxford Quick Reference

  • Oxford Journal Online -
  • (Full Collection) Over 200 leading titles in Science, Technology, Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Oxford Reference Online - via IP
  • Full text Dictionaries and encyclopedia in all Subjects

  • Oxford University Press - Oxford Journals - via IP
  • Subject: - Economics, Humanities, Law, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Medicine

  • Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) -
  • Resecrh4Life database with collaboration between UNEP and major publishers, offers full text to environmental science research connecting academics, practitioners, researcher policy makers and students. With up to 5710 peer reviewed Journals, 1119 online books and other information resources


  • Palgrave Macmillan -
  • Access to combined portfolio of over 70 peer-reviewed E-Journals in the fields of Bioscience Business, Management, Economics, Education, Finance, Information Systems & Technology, Marketing, Office for National Statistics, Political Science & International Studies, Social & Cultural Studies, Humanities, Urban Design, Real Estate & Construction

  • Policy Press - or via IP
  • Access to four (4) highly prestigious Journals in the fields of Public and Social Policy, Social Welfare, Family Policy, Criminal Justice, Housing, Urban Policy, Politics with impact on Research, Learning, Policy and Practice at International Level

  • Full-text versions of Scholarly Journals from many of the world's leading University Presses and Scholarly Societies, with over 120 participating publishers. Subjects include African American and African Diaspora Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Architecture, Asian Studies, Book History and Print Culture, Business and Society, Canadian Studies, Caribbean Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Film, Theater, and Performing Arts, Folklore, French Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Geography, German Studies, History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Iberian Studies, International Relations, Irish Studies, Judaic Studies, Language and Linguistics, Latin American Studies, Law, Library Science and Publishing, Literary Magazines, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Middle East Studies, Music, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy and Science, Politics and Policy Studies, Population Studies, Psychology and Psychiatry, Religion, Science, Sexuality, Sociology, Women's Studies


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  • Royal College Of Physicians -
  • Agriculture/Food Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Biology/Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Business, Nursing, Engineering/Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Social Sciences, Philosophy/Linguistics, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology/Psychiatry

  • Royal Society - via IP
  • Seven leading International Journals from the Royal Society, the UK's national Academy of Science. Open journal publishing high quality research across all of science, engineering and Mathematics including Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the longest-running continuously published journal in the world


  • SAGE - or via IP
  • Full-Text, multidisciplinary with over 750 Journals in Business, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Technology and Medicine (STM), Health Sciences, Life & Biomedical Sciences, Materials Science & Engineering

  • Sage Research Method Cases (SRMO) - via IP
  • Subjects include Art, Business, Food & Beverage, Geography, History, Language, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, Technology. Others include: atlases, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, facts, gazetteers, guides, handbooks, histories, image collections, quotations, speeches, statistics and thesauri

  • Science and Technology Information System (SIST) Central -
  • Science and Technology Information System (SIST) Central

  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)

    Agricultural Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Exact and Earth Sciences, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Humanities, Linguistics, Letters and Arts, Mathematics, Social Science

  • Society for Industraila and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) -
  • SIAM builds cooperation between Mathematics and the worlds of Science and Technology with 5 of 16 journals for the applied math and computational science communities ranked in the top 30 of 255 journals in Mathematics, Applied category in terms of Impact Factors

  • Symposium Journals -
  • Full-Text online-only Academic conventional Journals including Education,E-Learning and Digital Media, European Educational Research, Contemporary Issues in Childhood and Global Studies of Childhood


  • Taylor & Francis - via IP
  • Offers access to thousands of academic journals across a wide range of disciplines including social sciences, humanities, science, technology, and medicine.

  • The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) -
  • Agriculture and Agric-related subjects

  • Topics in Development -
  • Topics in Development


  • University of California Press - or via IP
  • Access to 8 Journals of the University of California Press including Architecture, Area studies, Biology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Ethics, Film, Food Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Literature and criticism, Ornithology, Psychology, Religion, Sexuality studies, Sociology

  • University of Chicago Press - via IP
  • The Journals Division publishes journals and serials in a wide range of disciplines including Economics, Political Science, Languages, History, Education, Law, Philosophy, Zoology, Theology, Geology, Anthropology etc. Journal contents available in JStor


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  • Wiley/Blackwell - via IP
  • Wiley-Blackwell gives access to full text of nearly 1,500 Peer-Reviewed Journals in a wide range of academic disciplines in leading international scientific, technical, medical, and professional Journals including Agriculture, Aquaculture & Food Science, Architecture & Planning, Art & Applied Arts, Business, Economics, Finance & Investments, Accounting, Chemistry, Computer Science & Information Technology, Earth & Environment Studies, Humanities, Law & Criminology, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry & Healthcare, Veterinary Medicine Physical Sciences & Engineering, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication & Media Studies, Development Studies, Education, Family & Child Studies, Geography, Political Science, Social Policy & Welfare, Sociology, Urban Studies)

  • World Bank - or via IP
  • Provides access to World Bank datasets including pre-formatted tables, reports, databases, and other resources such as WDI (World Development Indicators), GDF (Global Development Finance), ADI (Africa Development Indicators) and GEM (Global Economic Monitor)

  • World Bank E Library - via IP
  • World Bank E Library


African Law Library


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