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Temporary Resources


With the University moving courses and support online, some publishers have offered temporary access to their online materials, others have removed certain access restrictions.

Below is an overview of the temporary resources available at USW. 


Academic Collection
Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary
Available until: 30 June 2020.
A multi-disciplinary collection of 193,621 ebooks


Annual Reviews
Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary
Available until: 30 April 2020.


Berg Fashion Library - Scholarly articles, eBooks and 13,000 images on world dress and fashion.
Subject(s): Fashion.
Available until: 31 May 2020.


Bloomberg News -  Full access to Bloomberg.com gives university students access to premium global news and information during the pandemic. Sign up with your USW email.  
Subject (s): News
Available until: 31 July 2020

Bloomsbury Collections - Delivers online access to scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s Academic division. Spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences, featuring publications from Bloomsbury, T&T Clark, The Arden Shakespeare and Hart Publishing, alongside scholarship from historic imprints Continuum, Berg and Bristol Classical Press. 
Subject(s): Art, Drama, Dance & Performance, English, Fashion, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Politics, Social Sciences.
Available until: 31 May 2020. 


Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies - Offers systematic and comprehensive coverage of education and childhood studies around the world. 
Subject(s): Education & Early Years.
Available until: 31 May 2020. 


Cambridge Core - The Press has made all Academic higher education textbooks free to access online. Sign in using the institution login. In the drop down for 'Federation' choose UK Access Management Federation and for the 'Institution', choose University of South Wales. Login using your University login.
Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary
Available until: 31 May 2020


Drama Online - An extension of our current access to Drama Online.  
Subject(s): Drama, Dance & Performance, English.
Available until: 31 May 2020


Fairchild Books Library - All Bloomsbury Fashion Central textbooks and student/instructor resources. 
Subject(s): Fashion.
Available until: 31 May 2020


Harvard Business Review - a collection of 669 ebooks covering key issues and hot topics ranging from leadership, social media, strategy, finance, coaching and much more.

Subject(s): Business & Finance
Available until: 30 June 2020


Historical Texts -Historical Texts brings together four historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection and the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL).

Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary


Journal Archives - Journal Archives brings together content from 8 major publishers: Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor and Francis as well as the complete run of the feminist magazine Spare Rib.
Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary


LWW Health Library - LWW Health Library provides a singular access point to clinical and educational content. Sign in via the 'Shibboleth' link. In the drop down for 'Federation' choose UK Access Management Federation and for the 'Institution', choose University of South Wales. Login using your University login. 
Subject(s): Medical sciences.


VitalSource Collection
Subject(s): Multi-disciplinary
Available: 30 June 2020 

VitalSource – has arranged temporary free access to selected textbooks from participating publishers for students who are unable to borrow print course materials due to Covid-19 campus closures.

Students may create a VitalSource Bookshelf personal account, and then select up to 7 textbooks from the range of participating publishers.

Setting up access to VitalSource Bookshelf

The login page provides instructions for students to set up a personal account – you must use your USW e-mail address.

You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address, and you may then sign in and search for textbooks relevant to your studies via the ‘Explore’ Tab.

Once you locate a relevant title select ‘borrow’ – please note that you may only borrow 7 titles in total – once you click on a book to borrow it, one of your allowances is permanently assigned to that title. You cannot swap titles once you have selected  your 7 allowed books.

It is worth checking FINDit before selecting a title as we may already have access to the eBook through our own collections.