Free Online Research Resources

Punjab University Library offers a big collection of Free online Databases.

For Books

HEC E-Books

Facilitating institutions of higher learning to server as a engine of growth for the Socio-Economic development of Pakistan.

Archive Org

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 302 billion archived web pages.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Directory of Open Access Books is a joint service of OAPEN, OpenEdition, CNRS and Aix-Marseille Université, provided by DOAB Foundation in cooperation with SemperTool.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.


Find and get Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

For Journals

HEC E-Journals

Facilitating institutions of higher learning to server as a engine of growth for the Socio-Economic development of Pakistan.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peerreviewed journals.

Scientific Electronic Library Online

SciELO is a database with more than 1,249 scientific journals. It offers open access to scholarly documents in the fields of biology and technology.

Science Open

ScienceOpen is an incredible research and publishing network offering open access content from more than 24,000 journals.

Scilit Database

Scilit database, which is a free, unique and fast-growing indexing database of scientific and scholarly literature. It holds over 130 million works (journal papers, books, book chapters, conference papers, preprints, etc.) and more than 1.1 billion citations. Scilit is initiated by MDPI (Basel, Switzerland) and updated several times per hour to include the latest publications. We expect this new database to continue to grow in 2021.

For Dissertation/Theses

Pakistan Research Repository

An initiative of Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. It contains a significant amount of new international dissertations and theses both in citations and in full text.

Open Thesis

OpenThesis is a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools.

Proquest Diseertation Open

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Open Access Theses and Disseration (OATD)

Theses and Dissertations. Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations, free to find, free to use. Advanced search options

For Citation Management Software

Zotero: Your Personal Research Assistant

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.