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Special Access to E-Resources

In response to the coronavirus outbreak many publishers and library vendors are providing free access to licensed digital content in order to help colleges with the transition to online learning. We have assembled this list of content that might be useful to the SFC community (use the menu on the left to navigate between sections):

Large eBook/Textbook Collections

If you lost access to your print textbook check out these eBook collections with resources from some of the most prominent educational publishers. You might find an eBook version of your print textbook or, if not, at least a suitable replacement.

VitalSource Helps

Vital Source Helps is a partnership with academic publishers to offer free access to a huge collection of eBooks for students impacted by college closings. (Full list of participating publishers here). All SFC students can access this eBook collection free of charge until May 25th 2020. Sign up with your email address here.


Redshelf has partnered with academic publishers to provide free access to digital textbooks for students affected by college closures until May 25th 2020. Each student may access up to seven free eBooks.


Cengage is offering free access to all its digital platforms and 14,000 ebooks through Cengage Unlimited. Instructions on setting up a new user account here.

Academic eBooks/Journals

Cambridge University Press

Providing free, unlimited access to all 700 textbooks published through Cambridge Core until the end of May 2020.

**Due to high demands from users access is temporarily suspended but they hope to restore it soon**

Project MUSE

Project MUSE is partnering with publishers to temporarily expand the scholarly content available on its platform. The expanded content includes both eBooks and journals and is provided by university presses, societies, and non-profit publishers in the humanities and social sciences. Project MUSE can be accessed through our library database page.


JSTOR is providing free access to 26 public health journals through June 30, 2020. They will also offer expanded coverage through offering free access to Archive and Primary Source collections as well as increasing the size of their eBook library. JSTOR can be accessed through our library database page.

EBSCO/Harvard Business Review

EBSCO is providing free access to the Harvard Business Review eBook collection until May 30, 2020. This includes over 600 eBooks and hundreds of article compilations.

The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is creating a National Emergency Library, ensuring that users don't have to join a waitlist to borrow one of the books from its lending library of 1.4 million digital books.

University of Michigan Press

Making all content from the University of Michigan Press eBook collection free to read until the end of April 2020. Rights restrictions have been removed from over 1150 titles.

University of California Press

Providing free access to all UC Press journals through June 2020. Includes over 40 journals across a range of subject areas.

Duke University Press

Duke University Press is providing free access to all materials from their Navigating the Threat of Pandemic course syllabus. Access to eBooks is free until June 1, 2020 and journal articles until October 1, 2020.

Video Platforms

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

JoVE is offering free access to its Science Education video library. This collection has over 12,000 videos dedicated to teaching scientific fundamentals through easy-to-understand video tutorials. Subject areas include Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Clinical Medicine.

On The Boards TV

On the Boards TV offers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films from artists around the world. They are offering free 48hour access to all videos on their site. To take advantage, choose a performance and select the 48hour rental option. Add the video to your cart and at the checkout use promo code: ARTATHOME20

Course Materials

Oxford University Press

To facilitate the switch to online learning, Oxford University Press is providing free access to numerous course materials to help develop and deliver digital learning. These include videos, powerpoint presentations, activities, quizzes and more that can be directly loaded into Canvas.