Online Resources

On this page open access online resources as well as resources that are available on the IHE Delft premises are listed. For licenced resources, such as Science Direct, Scopus or Springer Link, you will need to use your IHE Delft login credentials as provided by the IT Service.


The collective name for three programmes – HINARI, AGORA and OARE - Research4Life provides developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. Research4Life ligible libraries and their users benefit from:

  • Online access to over 8100 peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases
  • Full-text articles which can be downloaded for saving, printing or reading on screen
  • Searching by keyword, subject, author or language
  • Resources available in several languages
  • Training in information literacy and promotional support


AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century. The NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) is organized into two bibliographic data sets:

  • The NAL Online Public Access Catalog contains citations to books, audiovisuals, serials, and other materials, most of which are in the Library's collection. (The Catalog does contain some records for items not held at NAL.)


African Journals Online (AJOL) is a collection of over 300 peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. AJOL provides access to citations, and where available to abstracts and/or fulltext.


Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. They cover all subjects and languages. There are over 5000 free, full-text available journals in the directory.


BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

Highwire Press

Highwire Press (Stanford University) facilitates access to 1.9 million full text articles mainly in the (bio)medical sciences. Most journals provide free access to back issues older than 12-24 months. Some journals also provide access to current issues.


IDRC free online books from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. Topics include: Development/evaluation, Economics, Environment/biodiversity, Food/agriculture, Health, IT/communication, Natural resources, Science/technology, Social/political sciences. The books can be read online or downloaded.


NARCIS gives access to scientific information consisting of (open access) publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO, and a number of research institutes, the datasets of the institute DANS, as well as descriptions of research projects, institutes and researchers.

National Academies Press

National Academies Press offers hundreds of books which can be downloaded for free of charge by the chapter or the entire book. Topics include: Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Conflict and Security Issues, Education, Energy, Environmental Studies, Food & Nutrition, Industry and Labor.


OpenDOAR - Directory of Open Access Repositories is a directory of academic open access repositories worldwide. As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories (by subject, country, publication type) or search repository contents.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. The full text of all PubMed Central articles is available for free.

UN Data

UNdata provides free data access to UN statistical databases through a single entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system. Useful features include Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education on-line repository contains all the IHE Delft PhD dissertations.


WorldCat is a global network of library content consisting of books, articles, online resources and more. However, a lot of books and articles you find in Worldcat are not free or available near you. You can consult your local library to see if they have access to the materials you find in WorldCat. OAIster is also in Worldcat. In the search results from WorldCat, the "Internet Resources" often come from OAIster.

World Bank

The World Bank's Open Data Initiative is providing free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe - some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. Databases include: World Development Indicators (WDI), Global Development Finance (GDF) and African Development Indicators (ADI).

As part of its Open Access (OA) initiative, the World Bank opened an Open Knowledge Repository that holds more than 2,100 annual reports, journals, working papers, books (further delineated as corporate flagships, data annuals, regional/sectoral flagships, and series), economic and sector work studies (core diagnostic reports and sector/thematic studies), and multilingual content dating from 2009 to 2012.

World Digital Library

World Digital Library makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include manuscripts, maps, rare books, recordings, films, prints, photographs.

Online resources available on the IHE Delft premises and remotely by using your IHE Delft login credentials


AGU American Geophysical Union Journals Online subscription includes access to journals published from 1996 to the current issue.

The Digital Library offers online access to AGU Journals between 1896-1995.


ASCE publishes 33 journals—more than 7,000 papers per year of civil engineering research and practice. Start your research online ASCE Library.

International Water Association (IWA) Water Intelligence Online

IWA Water Intelligence Online Reference books, research reports, research papers and conference proceedings covering water, wastewater and related environmental topics

International Water Association (IWA) Journals

IWA Water Journals


JSTOR provides access to thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles.


Nature magazine. World's renowned journal for scientific peer-reviewed information.


OECD Library OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 - currently (October 2010) 1 000 journal issues, 2 900 working papers, 2 500 multi-lingual summaries, 6 200 e-book titles, 14 000 tables and graphs, 21 000 chapters and articles, and 390 complete databases with more than 4 billion data points.

Science Magazine

Science Magazine Access to peer-reviewed articles from 1997 to the current issue.

Science Direct

Science Direct from Elsevier, allows users to access the contents of over 2.000 peer-reviewed academic journals.


Scopus Abstract and citation database.


SpringerLink from Springer, allows users to access the content of over 1.900 peer-reviewed academic journals.

Thomson Reuters

Web of Knowledge (1988-present). Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.

Journal Citation Reports®. Journal performance metrics offer a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals and determine a publication's place in the global research community.

The International Journal of River Basin Management plays a specific role in promoting a cross-sectorial approach encompassing all aspects of river and floodplain management, with a truly global perspective, and available to subscribers at a reasonable price. Launched at the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, March 2003, with overwhelming interest, this Journal is published in four issues per year in print and electronic format, and is co-published by IAHR with IAHS and INBO. The Journal is a response by the scientific and professional community to the World Water Vision and calls by the World Water Council and Global Water Partnership for an integrated approach to water resources management. Papers will be accepted in all areas of river and floodplain management including catchments, wetlands and estuarine systems.


Ulrichsweb contains detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library provides access to over 1.500 peer-reviewed academic journals from Wiley and Blackwell publishers. The Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences is also available through the Wiley Online Library.