Our Resource of the Month choice for August

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.


August’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, and African & Commonwealth Studies.


Sarah’s choice is BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine). This was chosen because it provides access to more than 300 million multi-disciplinary academic documents from over 8,000 content providers.  Of these 60% are Open Access in full-text.

Resource Overview

BASE, operated by the Bielefeld University Library, is one of the world’s biggest search engines for academic web resources. It indexes metadata from a wealth of sources including journals, institutional repositories and digital collections.  These resources are only included if they comply with rigorous academic quality and relevance.  Other features include precise bibliographic data displays for all search results and multilingual searching in more than 20 translated languages. BASE is an invaluable tool for readers requiring high quality grey literature material for their research.

Where can you access the resource

BASE is freely available and can be accessed via SOLO or an Internet browser.



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