Open Access E-Resources: Free and Downloadable
E-resources have been categorized as per type of content. Click on the titles below to access the respective e-resources:
(A) Digital Libraries / All-in-One E-Content: (E-journals, e-books, audio books, interactive e-content, etc. on a single platform):
2. NDLI COVID-19 Research Resources Repository – Single window access to various types of COVID-19 Research Resources on NDLI website
3. eShodhSindhu – Online Resources for supporting Researchers in COVID-19 situation: Research material, educational course material as a support for students, research scholars and academics and to support educational institutions during this challenging time of COVID-19.
4. COVID-19 Information Portal by EBSCO – An ‘Open Access Initiative’of EBSCO that provides information about trending topics, maps and data visualisations, global news, and journal updates about COVID-19.
5. National Science Digital Library (Developed by CSIR-NISCAIR)
6. Project Gutenberg: It is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks, with the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
7. World Digital Library: A project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with the support of UNESCO, and contributions from libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations around the world.
8. The Alexandria Digital Library: The ADL is a federated spatially searchable digital library that offers easy access to its collections of geographically referenced materials.
9. PubMed – National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) – National Library of Medicine (NLM) – PubMed® comprises more than 33 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
10. Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. (20 million books, 4.5 million audio recordings, 4 million videos, and much more)
11. LoyalBooks – Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
12. मराठी विश्वकोश – या संकेतस्थळावर मराठी विश्वकोश आणि इतर प्रकाशानंबद्दलची माहिती उपलब्ध आहे. ‘विश्वकोश प्रथम आवृत्ती’ या दुव्याचा (लिंक) वापर केल्यास माहितीचा शोध घेण्यासाठी तीन विकल्प देण्यात आले आहेत. एक – ‘मराठी विश्वकोश (ज्ञानमंडळ)’, दोन – ‘मराठी विश्वकोश (खंड निहाय)’ आणि तीन – ‘अकारविल्हे नोंदसूची’.
१३. भाषा संचालनालय, महाराष्ट्र राज्य, मुंबई – भाषा संचालनालयाच्या परिभाषा कोशांबद्दल माहिती करून घेण्यासाठी आणि शब्दांचा शोध घेण्यासाठी.
१४. मराठी भाषा विभाग, महाराष्ट्र शासन – शासन व्यवहारासाठी शब्दकोश आणि शास्त्रीय व तांत्रिक परिभाषा कोश
१५. संत साहित्य – सर्व संतांची माहिती दृक्श्राव्य आणि इतर स्वरूपात.
16. Reserve Bank of India Publications – Annual reports, Statistical Returns, Handbooks, Statistical tables, Working Papers, and many other reports published by Reserve Bank of India.
17. International Monetary Fund eLibrary: Official Reports, Series, Surveys, Statistics, etc. by International Monetary Fund
18. International Monetary Fund Publications: All IMF Publications including annual reports, departmental reports, occasional papers, working papers, policy papers, discussion papers, etc.
19. United Nations Digital Library: Publications, documents, speeches, maps, etc. of the United Nations
20. United Nations Official Documents System (ODS): ODS has full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, etc.
21. World Bank Open Data: Statistics, datasets, open data catalog, databases, tables, World Development Indicators, etc. hosted by World Bank.
22. ILO Library – Labour Discovery: Millions of e-books, e-journals, journal articles, reports, working papers and more from International Labour Organization.
23. UNESCO Digital Library – UNESDOC: Access to more than 350,000 publications, documents and other materials either produced by UNESCO or pertaining to UNESCO’s fields of competence from 1945 to the present.
24. UNESCO Data Center: Data, facts and figures, reports, monitoring tools, etc. from UNESCO.
25. UNICEF Research and Reports: UNICEF’s publications in the form of research and reports.
26. WTO Documents and Resources: Legal texts of WTO Agreements, statistics, economic research analysis, publications, audio-video material, tc, from World Trade Organisation.
27. Indian Culture (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India): Discover Archives, Libraries and Museums of India – E-Books, Images, Manuscripts, Gazettes, Videos, etc. from collections across India.
(B) Open Access Video Content:
2. JoVE Encyclopedia of Experiments – Biology: JoVE Encyclopedia of Experiments is the first-in-the-world online video encyclopedia of advanced research experiments. This resource enables scientists in academia and biotech to efficiently learn new experiments and research technologies to advance their work.
३. राज्य मराठी विकास संस्था – दृक्श्राव्य प्रकाशने
(C) Open Access E-Books:
2. Digital Library of India (Project funded by the Govt. of India.) (38,280 books in PDF format)
3. IntechOpen – 4,800 Open Access E-Books for the Scientists by the Scientists
4. OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) -The OAPEN Library contains 36,000 freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
5. Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.
6. ManyBooks: Ultimate guide to free e-books, offers more than 50,000 ebooks to be discovered!
7. HathiTrust Digital Library: HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
8. PDFDrive – PDF Drive is a search engine for PDF files. As of 03-09-2020, there are 84,552,812 eBooks for you to download for free.
9. OpenStax – Free, flexible, peer-reviewed Textbooks available in convenient formats for students (Science, humanities, social sciences, commerce, etc.)
10. Open Textbook Library – Textbooks every student can access and afford. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.
11. Free Book Notes – An aggregate literary resources of over 53,000 books
12. Free-eBooks.net – Thousands of free books to read whenever and wherever you like!
13. FreeTechBooks – Database of Free, Open Access Online Computer Science books, Textbooks, and Lecture Notes
14. Commons Open Educational Resources – OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources.
15. Bookyards – Library to the world – Over 24,000 eBooks freely available
16. Folger Shakespeare Library – Read full texts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems online or download for free!
१७. ई साहित्य प्रतिष्ठान – Online Marathi eBooks
१८. महाराष्ट्र राज्य साहित्य आणि संस्कृती मंडळ – मराठी ई-बुक डाऊनलोड
१९. मराठी भाषा संगणनाचे उत्कृष्टता केंद्र (महाराष्ट्र शासन) – विविध विषयातील परिभाषा कोश, नियमावली, शब्दावली, तसेच भारताचे संविधान ई-बुक स्वरूपात
२०. राज्य मराठी विकास संस्था – प्रकाशने – ग्रंथ ई-बुक स्वरूपात
२१. ई-पुस्तकालय – Online Marathi and Hindi Books
22. हिंदी BooksPDF.com – Website for Hindi E-Books download
23. 44Books.com – More than 8300 Hindi books available for download
24. e-Balbharati: Std. XII (HSC) – Downloadable E-Books of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
25. NCERT Books: Text Books for all classes from Std. I to Std. XII available in pdf format for reading online as well as downloading.
(D) Open Access Books for Users with Visually Challenged and Low Vision Disabilities:
(E) Open Access Audio Books:
2. Open Culture: 1,000 free Audio Books Downloadeable
३. राज्य मराठी विकास संस्था – श्राव्य पुस्तके
(F) Open Access E-Journals:
2. NISCAIR e-journals (19 Titles)
3. NISCAIR Online Periodicals Repository (NOPR) (22 Titles)
4. Indian Academy of Sciences Resources (11 Titles)
5. Elsevier Open Access Journals (554 Titles)
6. OMICS International Open Access Scholarly Journals (700+ Titles)
7. Science Direct Open Access Journals (2,471 Titles)
8. SpringerOpen Journals (228 Titles)
9. Wiley Open Access Journals (77 Titles)
10. Scientific Research Publishing (200+ Titles)
11. Oxford University Press – Oxford Open (42 Titles)
12. PLOS – Public Library of Science (8 Titles)
13. Taylor & Francis Open and Routledge Open (4,557 Titles)
14. Reserve Bank of India Bulletin (RBI Bulletin) – (1 Title) – Latest issues and archives of RBI Bulletin
(G) Open Access Databases:
2. India Environment Portal by Centre for Science and Environment: Over 4,00,000 contextual, curated, cross-tagged specialised research reports and government documents on environment
3. Reserve Bank of India – RBI’s Data Warehouse – Database on Indian Economy – Statistics, Time-Series Publications and Unit level Data related to Indian Economy. Covers data on banking, financial institutions, forex, public finance, international finance, equity, payment systems, etc.
4. ScienceOpen: A freely accessible search and discovery platform that puts research in context, a discovery platform with interactive features for scholars to enhance their research in the open, make an impact, and receive credit for it.
5. BASE- Bielefeld Academic Search Engine: World’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources, BASE provides more than 150 million documents from more than 7,000 sources. 60% of the indexed documents can be accessed for free.
6. CORE: The world’s largest database collection of open access research papers (19,52,37,188). The Open University, UK & JISC Initiative
7. Microsoft Academic: ‘Research more, search less’ from 235,438,149 publications, 48,859 journals, 740,623 topics, and 25,719 institutions.
8. Data at World Health Organization: Statistics, reports, databases. datasets, dashboards, etc. of the World Health Organization.
9. ILO Data: Free and Open Access to data and labour statistics of International Labour Organization.
10. ILO Databases and Resources: Databases and resources from International Labour Organization.
11. UNICEF Data: Data in the form of databases, country profiles, journal articles, indicator profiles, etc.
12. EPWRF India Time Series: Time Series of India’s economic indicators structured in 28 modules built on a strong foundation of Accuracy, Timeliness and Completeness provided by Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation.
(H) Open Access Datasets:
2. Scientific Data: Scientific Data is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets, and research that advances the sharing and reuse of scientific data. All content is hosted on nature.com
3. OpenML: An open, collaborative, frictionless, automated machine learning environment with Datasets, automatically analyzed, annotated, and organized online.
4. Quandl: The premier source for financial, economic, and alternative datasets, serving investment professionals.
5. National Data Bank – Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India: The National Data Bank of Socio-Religious categories is developed with a view to provide users access to all data, pertaining to various aspects of socio-economic life of population falling in different social/religious categories, from a single window. Include survey information along with downloadable datasets and reports.
6. Economic Survey – Ministry of Finance, Government of India – Has Economic Survey information of 2020-21 in two volumes with statistical appendix and archives of earlier years.
7. UK Data Service: Explore the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources.
8. Australian Data Archive (ADA): The ADA provides a national service for the collection and preservation of digital research data. ADA disseminates this data for secondary analysis by academic researchers and other users.
(I) Academic Networks:
2. Academia: Join 126,175,288 Academics and Researchers, Academia is the easiest way to share papers with millions of people across the world for free.
(J) Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repositories
2. ShodhGangotri – Repository of Indian Research in Progress @ INFLIBNET – Repository of more than 7,600 Synopses / Research Proposals for Ph.D. Programmes
3. ETD of Indian Institute of Science – Digital repository of Theses and Dissertations of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
4. Open Access Theses and Dissertations – 5,091,822 Open access theses and dissertations published around the world.
5. Ethos: E-Theses Online Service from British Library, provides search to over 500,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research.
6. OpenThesis: A free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.
7. DART-Europe E-Theses Portal: Access to 828,729 open access research Theses from 619 Universities in 28 European countries
8. EBSCO Open Dissertations: A collaboration between EBSCO and BiblioLabs that brings an innovative approach to increasing traffic and discoverability of ETD research and making searching thousands of open dissertations possible.
(K) Open Access Knowledge & Institutional Repositories:
2. Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR): database of 56,980 full texts and steadily growing holdings of freely available, full-text social science documents.
3. Indian Academy of Sciences Fellows Publications – Open Access Repository of publications of Fellows of the Indian Academy of Sciences
(L) Open Access Rare Books and Manuscripts:
2. Rare Book Room – Rare Books Online from across the globe
3. Abhilekh Patal (National Archives of India): Portal for access to archives and learning – 70,844 Digitised records and 27,60,969 digitised pages, as of 19-May-2020
4. Bharatiya Kriti Sampada (National Mission for Manuscripts): Developed by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India – A database of all Indian manuscripts in the country and abroad. Access to 23,40,000 e-documents
5. Indian Manuscripts: Indian Antique Books and Manuscripts, ancient documents, palm leaf manuscripts, tamrapatra, etc. – More than 1,50,000 e-pages of original ancient Indian Scripts.
6. Rare Book Society of India: A virtual space for rare book collectors and history buffs to read, discuss, rediscover and download lost books.
7. Gita Supersite: Developed by IIT Kanpur, has a treasure of Shrimad Bhagwadgita, Ramcharitmanas, Brahma Sutra, Upanishads, etc. with translations
8. Muktabodha Online Digital Library: It is the Digital Library of Muktabodha Indological Research Institute that hosts manuscripts, searchable e-texts and paper transcripts.
(M) Open Access E-Content (Videos, Tutorials, Interactive Content):
2. e-Pathshala of NCERT: Access digital textbooks and eResources useful for Std. XI and Std.XII
3. Vidya-Mitra: Integrated E-Content Portal – Project of MHRD-Govt. of India & INFLIBNET – e-Text, Videos, e-Tutorials for UG & PG Students
4. SWAYAM-PRABHA- Free DTH Channels for Education: Project of MHRD-Govt. of India & INFLIBNET – 32 DTH Channels telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis
5. CEC-UGC Edusat: Consortium for Education Communication from UGC: A YouTube Channel of The Consortium for Educational Communication popularly known as CEC is one of the Inter University Centres set up by the University Grants Commission of India.
(N) E-Learning Courses Platforms:
2. UGC MOOCs: A Vertical of SWAYAM
3. NPTEL: (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) A Project funded by the MHRD, Govt. of India
4. Coursera: Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies
5. edX: Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Institutions – internationally reputed and recognised.
6. FutureLearn: Get access to high quality learning wherever you are, with online courses, programs and degrees created by leading universities, business schools and specialist organisations.
7. Udemy: The world’s largest selection of courses, choose from over 100,000 online video courses with new additions published every month
8. Unacademy: Enroll in courses and watch lessons from India’s best educators, on India’s largest learning platform
9. Khan Academy: A non-profit organization with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere … for every student.
(O) Resources for UPSC and MPSC Examinations:
2. Previous Years UPSC Exam Question Papers – Question Papers for different UPSC Examinations available on the official website of UPSC
3. Maharashtra Public Service Commission – Official Website – Information about all MPSC Examinations, Syllabus, recruitment, etc.
4. Previous Years MPSC Exam Question Papers – Question Papers for different MPSC Examinations available on the official website of MPSC
(P) Resources for Olympiad Examinations
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