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Journals, databases, and ebooks available to UBC Alumni

How to access the online resources

UBC Alumni can access many of the UBC Library's electronic resources.  Graduates with an authorized Campus-Wide Login (CWL) and UBC Alumni A-Card can get remote access to these resources.  Sign up for a UBC Alumni A-Card in-person or online.

This guide lists the growing number of the major resources available to you from off campus after you graduate from UBC.


  • Adam Matthew Digital Collections - Over 50 primary source collections that span social sciences and humanities and cover a multitude of topics ranging from Medieval manuscripts and Victorian moving images to ephemera from the 1960s and confidential government documents.
  • Airiti Library - 3,300 Taiwanese academic journals and theses from 50 universities in Taiwan back to 2004.
  • Brill's New Jacoby - fully-revised and enlarged edition of Jacoby’s Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker I-III.
  • Brill's new Pauly supplements online, II -
  • eHRAF World Cultures - collection of thousands of books and articles on over 300 cultures from all regions of the world, focusing on pre-industrial cultures and North American immigrant groups.
  • Hongkong News Online - complete run of The Hongkong News as published during the Japanese Occupation.
  • Klapp-Online - the most comprehensive bibliography of French literature.
  • Past Masters - the world's largest collection of full text electronic editions in philosophy. Includes significant collections in political thought, religious studies, sociology, the history of science, economics, and classics.
  • PhilPapers - an international, interactive academic database of philosophy maintained by the Centre for Digital Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.  UBC subscribes to over 100 titles from the database to complement the large open access e-print archive.
  • Sage Research Methods Online - web-based research methods tool created to support researchers and students as they explore relevant content across the social and behavioral sciences, covering quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography - provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare.
  • Yearbook of International Organizations - comprehensive database of intergovernmental (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) worldwide.

Journals and Journal Collections

  • Annual Reviews - collection of 46 annual series of critical reviews written by leaders in their field.  Disciplines range from Biomedical, Life, Physical and Social Sciences including Economics.
  • CAIRN - offers access to the most comprehensive collection of French language periodicals in the social sciences and humanities disciplines. The collection is currently comprised of over 230 titles from more than 40 publishers.
  • Cambridge Journals Online - more than 380 peer-reviewed journals.
  • EBSCO Academic Source and Business Source alumni editions - more than 4,150 full-text journals from many of the top academic and business publishers worldwide.
  • Erudit - includes a scholarly journals collection as well as documents, theses etc. The collection is published mainly in French.
  • MIT Press - a leading university press publisher of journals at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts. UBC has access to select journals.
  • NRC Research Press - journals from Canadian Sciences Publishing covering a broad range of scientific disciplines.
  • Optical Society of America Journals  - journals from the Optical Society of America 
  • Project Muse - almost 700 journals from scholarly publishers in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Sage Journals Online - more than 520 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • University of Toronto Press - access to over a dozen journals from the largest scholarly press in Canada.


Research Tools

  • Refworks - a web-based citation management program that enables you to download, store and share references, and format bibliographies in seconds.

Open Access Collections






Academic Indexes & Databases that are open access.

UBC Library Open Collections - includes digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.

For more about Open Access resources and practices at UBC visit

Other Library Services for UBC Alumni

Due to licensing terms, the UBC Library is not able to provide alumni with remote access to all the online resources available to currently enrolled students.  These may be accessed physically on campus at a public computer in any library branch.

The Library offers a range of services to UBC Alumni, including access to print and video collections, attractive spaces and assistance using our resources. We encourage you to visit us often and stay connected.