E-Library Resources

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AGORA – Access to 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. Launched in October 2003, AGORA will provide access to 1278 journals from the world’s leading academic publishers



The HINARI Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 6200 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 108 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health


Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of environmental science research.

Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries.


TEEAL is a project created to give agricultural scientists in 100 low-income countries better access to current research published in high-quality journals. Primary clients are universities, national agricultural research organizations and government ministries. The objective is to provide students, faculty, researchers and policymakers the kind of information they need to address important agricultural and rural development challenges in their countries.



The Scientific Electronic Library Online – SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.





The objective of the site is to implement an electronic virtual library, providing full access to a collection of serial titles, a collection of issues from individual serial titles, as well as to the full text of articles. The access to both serial titles and articles is available via indexes and search forms.


WAICENT programme provides the information systems platform for accessing FAO’s information resources, and makes the accumulated knowledge of the Organisation on all fields of food security and agricultural development available to everyone


Welcome to the Directory of Open Access Journals. This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 3927 journals in the directory. Currently 1403 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 264238 articles are included in the DOAJ service.



Free Access to Developing Economies
(List limited to journals published online with the assistance of HighWire Press)

The following journals offer free online access to developing economies, 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,” plus Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Georgia, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. Individual publishers use the list from the World Bank as a guideline for determining their policies, so some variation in access per publisher does occur. You do not need to sign up for this service as our software automatically detects the country you are connecting from and grants access accordingly. To request that a journal be added to this list, please contact the journal’s publisher directly via their ‘Feedback’ button — do not contact HighWire Press.


PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. All the articles in PMC are free (sometimes on a delayed basis). Some journals go beyond free, to Open Access. Find out what that means.


The AGRIS network is constantly progressing with the current times to keep abreast with the constantly changing technologies and cultures for sharing data, information and knowledge. Various Expert Consultations on Agricultural Information Management have been held by the AGRIS partners to review the mandate and activities as well as discuss the development of a strategy for the AGRIS network. From these Consultations members agreed that AGRIS could have a key role in the area of scientific and technical information, by improving access to relevant research outputs relating to food security and agricultural development.

For more information:

The first four (HINARI, AGORA, OARE and TEEAL) if you send ITOCA an email they will give you further information on to access them or approach your library for the username and pasword.

For the rest of the other resources one does need any username and password so you just follow the link. For the portuguese speaking please take note of SCIELO which is a very rich resource!


Vimbai M. Hungwe

Senior Programme Officer – Training

Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa – ITOCA

Tel: +27-12-6634062

E-mail: vimbai@itoca.org

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