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Online Databases

Electronic or Online Databases are a collections of academic journals that provide
current information for research on diverse academic topics. Libraries usually have two
main forms of subscription to electronic databases; paid (IP Authenticated) and free
(Open Access) subscriptions.

The Chapman Library subscribes to a total of twenty-nine (29) databases, ten (10) of
which are paid subscriptions (through the Consortium of Academic and Research
Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH)) and the remaining nineteen being free.
The paid subscriptions are accessed via the university’s IP addresses hence can only
be accessed on campus, while using any of our university networks.

Members of the university community are encouraged to use these databases
(especially the paid ones) to acquire up-to-date information on any research they may
be undertaking. The free or open access journals (which have been carefully selected
by the library) provide the academic community an alternate source of rich information
for research off-campus.

Please browse through the list below to select (from the two categories) of online
databases to use. Kindly visit the library and be assisted further with the usage of these
database, if you need to. You can also send us a mail ([email protected]) or
call/WhatsApp (0243223022) for such further assistance.



1 www.emeraldinsight.com Emerald Insight

Emerald manages a portfolio of nearly 300 journals,
more than 2,500 books and over 1,500 teaching cases.
Emerald works in close collaboration with a number of
academic and corporate organizations and associations
worldwide, to bring you quality information for research.

2  http://search.ebscohost.com Ebscohost

EBSCO provides a range of library database services, including MEDLINE and EconLit which History & Life, Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, Business Source, Clinical Reference Systems, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Education Abstracts, Environment Complete, Health Source, Historical Abstracts, History Reference Center, MasterFILE, NetLibrary, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, and USP DI.

3 https://search.credoreference.com Cred Reference

Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of over 3,500 published reference works from more than 100 publishers in a variety of major subjects.  These include general and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias.

4 https://elibrary.worldbank.org/ World Bank E-Library

The World Bank Group has two overarching goals: End extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity by boosting the incomes of the bottom 40 percent of the population in each economy. It thus provides research materials via its website, made available to our library users, in the pursuit of these goals.

5  http://online.sagepub.com SAGE Publications

SAGE is the home for leading authors, editors and societies. Publishing more than 1,000 journals, from a wide range of disciplines, SAGE is the choice for research in social science and humanities.

6 http://www.tandfonline.com Taylor and Francis

Taylor & Francis Group publishes books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines, in Social Sciences and Humanities.  T&F also publishes quality peer-reviewed journals that is geared to meet the needs of researcher today.

7 http://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com Wiley Inter Science

Wiley Online Library gives an extensive collection of online multidisciplinary resources, especially for research in Medicine, Computer Science and Information Technology.

8  www.journals.cambridge.org Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading research institutions. It publishes over 250 journals and over 2,500 books annually for distribution in nearly every country in the world.

9  www.elibrary.imf.org IMF

The IMF eLibrary provides powerful and convenient online access to the complete collection of authoritative global economic content published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). With more than 11,000 text publications and full access to the IMF’s statistical databases, the IMF eLibrary is an important resource for economic study and analysis.  The IMF eLibrary includes the IMF Statistics, IMF Periodicals, IMF Books and Analytical Papers.

10  http://www.srmo.sagepub.com Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. SAGE Research Methods has the answerfor all groups of researchers from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.SAGE Research Methods boasts of more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher.



1 https://www.research4life.org International Network of Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Products

Research4Life is designed to enhance the scholarship, teaching, research and policy-making of the many thousands of students, faculty, scientists, and medical specialists, focusing on Health, Agriculture,  Environment and other life, physical and social sciences in the developing world, through free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online.

2 https://www.journals.uchicago.edu University of Chicago Journals

The Press publishes over 50 new trade titles per year, across many subject areas. It also publishes regional titles, such as The Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004), edited by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and Janice Reiff; The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age (2008) by Neil Harris; One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko (1999), a collection of columns by Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman Mike Royko of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune; and many other books about the art, architecture, and nature of Chicago and the Midwest.

3 http://oxfordscholarship.com Oxford University E-Books

Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to thousands of academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.

In summary there are 16,000+ books, 20 subject modules, 370+ subdisciplines written by 19,000+ authors, from 2,600+ institutions, located in 90+ countries and updated 12 times a year.

4 http://academic.oup.com Oxford Academic Journals

Oxford University Press (OUP) publishes highquality journals for a wide variety of audience.  Publications are in the Arts and Humanities as well as Law, Medicine and Health.

5 http://www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com/ Oxford Biblical Studies Online

The Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a Theological Database which provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history.  The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource.


Free to Use (Open Access) Databases

1 www.doaj.org Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

2  www.ajol.info African Journals Online(AJOL)

In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to have African publications made accessible to the rest of the globe.  AJOL hosts 524 Journals, including 262 Open Access Journals.  The site has 14,550 Issues containing 176,105 abstracts.There are 169.831 full text articles for download, of which 110,579 are Open Access.

3  www.opendoar.org Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR)

OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.Tools and support enable both repository administrators and service providers to share best practice and improve the quality of the repository infrastructure.

4  http://www.eb.com Encyclopaedia Britannica (Academic edition)

The Encyclopædia Britannica contains a vast amount of information on generally every aspect of academic knowledge.

5  www.freefullpdf.com Freefull PDF

Download Free Scientific Publications.

6  http://scholar.google.com Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Including most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, with court opinions and patents.

7 http://highwire.stanford.edu/lists/devecon.dtl HighwireFree to Developing Economies

Free Access to Developing Economies, limited to journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press, based on either programs such as HINARI or AGORA, or on a HighWire-based program offering access to countries appearing in the World Bank’s list of “low income economies,”.

8 www.hindawi.com Hindawi

Hindawi is one of the world’s largest publishers of peer-reviewed, fully Open Access journals.  Built on an ethos of openness, it works with the global academic community to promote open scholarly research to the world.

9  http://www.nap.edu National Academic Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created to publish the reports issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Research Council. It publishes nearly 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in the sciences.

10  http://www.openedition.org/catalogue-journals Open Edition Journals

OpenEdition is an electronic publishing platform for books in the humanities and social sciences initiated by OpenEdition (Center for Open Electronic Publishing).  The project is a public initiative funded by the CNRS , the EHESS , the University of Avignon , the Digital Scientific Library and the National Research Agency.

11  http://paperity.org Paperity

Paperity is a multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers of some 1.5 million articles from 4,200 journals, covering all academic disciplines (mathematical sciences, life sciences, medicine, social sciences, humanities, arts).  Paperity provides full-text search, RSS feeds and a mobile application to access the literature.  Paperity shares the aggregated metadata with other academic services such as EBSCO, Altmetric, WorldCat, OCLC, Plagiat.pl, StrikePlagiarism.com.

12  http://www.sciencedirect.com ScienceDirect (Open)

ScienceDirect is a website which provides subscription-based access to a large database of scientific and medical research.  It hosts over 12 million pieces of content from 3,500 academic journals and 34,000 e-books.  The journals are grouped into four main sections: Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities.  Article abstracts are freely available, but access to their full texts (in PDF and, for newer publications, also HTML) generally requires a subscription or pay-per-view purchase.

 http://www.scielo.org Scientific Electronic Library online (SciElo)

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is a bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals.  SciELO was created to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries and provides an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature.

14  https://www.biomedcentral.com/journals BMC has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.


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