Although the majority of Sheffield Hallam's electronic books and online journals are only available for staff and students of the university, there are a range of free resources that can be accessed by members of the public, on and off campus.
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Google Scholar is a search engine that covers scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. You can use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, as well as scholarly articles available from across the web.
Be aware that Google scholar will find results from sources that SHU does not subscribe to so you may not automatically be able to get full text online. You can take advantage of the SHU subscriptions by going to Scholar Preferences and adding Sheffield Hallam University when prompted for a library name. This will add a SHU Links link to your Google Scholar searches which will identify what you can get via SHU subscriptions. However, we still advise that you access Google Scholar via Library Gateway as this will give you access to the full range of subscribed resources.
BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC Series.
EEP is a freely accessible portal for UK education resources allowing searches across its partner organisations. It is very useful for Government and Government sponsored organisations but some partner organisations only return limited information through EEP and are better searched directly.
As an alternative to searching across partner organisations EEP also contains a selected and classified catalogue of resources that can be searched by keyword or author or by selecting for document type, phase (educational level), or thesaurus terms. Currently keyword searching of selected resources is only applied to the document record but in future will be extended to search the full text of documents.
The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature.
The ERIC database corresponds to two printed journals: Resources in Education (RIE) and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). Both journals provide access to some 14,000 documents and over 20,000 journal articles per year. In addition, ERIC provides coverage, often with full text) of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs.
This database contains over 6 million articles, a third of which are open access (free to anyone) scientific articles.
HighWire Press hosts 1275 peer-reviewed journals from 140 scholarly publishers in science, social sciences and humanities. Includes 71 of the 200 most frequently cited journals. Register for a free My HighWire Press account and set up email or RSS alerts for new journal content, or create a My Favourite Journals list.
PMC contains links to nearly 2 million articles and all are peer reviewed and free to view.
PLEASE NOTE: From 1st June NCBI will be changing the way in which you log into your account in their systems. If you have an NCBI account you will need to update it to switch logging in over to a 3rd party options. Instructions on how to do this and additional information on this change can be found on their website: https://ncbiinsights.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ncbi-login-retirement-faqs/#linking-3rd
At this time, Sheffield Hallam University has not enabled 3rd party login via institution, a separate 3rd party login would be required.
PubMed Central (PMC) is produced by the National Library of Medicine and provides biomedical and life sciences information. The archive also contains links to other scientific databases and book reviews.
Online catalogue of electronics, computing and engineering components, including datasheets and engineering calculators. You will need to register to the site to access some resources, but this is free.
Following the closure of Teachers TV, the Department for Education has signed a number of non-exclusive distribution agreements that will ensure that the 3,500 15 minute programmes in the archive will still be available to watch online. You can watch Teachers TV, free to view (online only) by clicking on one of the links. This will take you to a distributor's website where you will be able to view the programme free of charge.
Visual arts digital resources with over 100,000 images freely available to UK Higher and Further Education sectors. The collection covers a wide range of visual arts, including fine art, fashion, design, public art, posters. Free - registration required
Material may be duplicated for your research use or educational purposes in electronic or print form. You must obtain permission for any other use.
Search for open access journal articles on a wide range of subjects, including social sciences.
Electronic library resources for Hallam alumni
Sheffield Hallam graduates can continue to access a selection of online library resources off campus, including some electronic journals. Please visit the Alumni Use our libraries page for more information. You don't need to become an Associate Member of the Library if you want to access these online resources but don't intend to visit the libraries.
A database of over 650 film, television, radio and related documentation collections and artefacts in the United Kingdom and Ireland, designed by the British Universities Film and Video Council for use by researchers
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a freely accessible website providing information on films, of interest to either the serious researcher or to anyone looking for the latest movie news.
Although most entries are American, IMDb covers British, European, Asian and other international films. Thousands of directors, actors and actresses, producers, writers and members of film crews are listed on the database and can be searched by name or film. For many of the people biographies, filmographies, images and links are provided and for the films the credits, reviews and synopsises are shown, with the opportunity of buying online if available.
Information Commissioner's Office covers use of information in organisations including data protection and freedom of information. Follow the links on the right hand side of the page to guides on marketing, charity, business etc
EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion and access the websites of each of the EU institutions
UK and international survey and statistical data drawn from a range of respected sources including: United Nations, IMF, OECD, World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Energy Agency (IEA), Eurostat and UNIDO. Free registration required to access some parts of the database
The main gateway to UK official statistics. Provides direct access to tables of data, full text publications and the latest official releases. Covers Britain's economy, population and society at national and regional levels. Updated daily
The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 220,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Library collection
Tourism statistics for all the countries and regions around the world. Data on inbound, domestic and outbound tourism is available, as well as on tourism industries, employment and complementary indicators.