Online Support for Friends and Alumni

Pepperdine Libraries is open and available digitally to all Friends of the Library and Pepperdine alumni. Scroll down to learn about the plethora of resources accessible remotely.

Digital Collections

Search our CONTENTdm database for digital scans of rare photographs, newspapers, and personal correspondence in our Special Collections and Archives. This includes:

Pepperdine Scholarly Research

Friends and Alumni have access to Digital Commons, our repository for dissertations, theses, and journals selected and submitted by Pepperdine departments and centers.

Open Access Articles

Friends and Alumni can use Unpaywall, an open database of 24,188,597 free scholarly articles. The Unpaywall browser extension harvests content directly from over 50,000 journals and open-access repositories from all over the world. It also uses open data from PubMed Central, the DOAJ, Crossref (particularly their license info), and DataCite.

The Open Access Button is another free tool that allows you to find free, legal articles with just a click, and it will email an author to get a copy if one isn't available. It's available as a Chrome and Firefox browser plugin, as well as a website.

Additional information on open access is available at our Open Access InfoGuide.

E-Resources/Databases Available to Friends and Alumni


By creating a free MyJSTOR account, Friends and alumni can read up to 6 articles online for free per calendar month. After logging in and clicking on an article, users will see a banner at the top of the page, which will indicate how many free articles are remaining for the month. For more information, visit this page.

Open Content on JSTOR

Explore academic content on JSTOR that is open to everyone, everywhere. Search thousands of free journal articles and open access book chapters.

ERIC - Education Resources Information Center

ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week.

Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

LISTA indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.


GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.


OpenDissertations is an open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. Created with the generous support of the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, it incorporates EBSCO's previously released American Doctoral Dissertations, and features additional dissertation metadata contributed by select colleges and universities from around the world. Providing researchers with citations to graduate research across a span of time, from the early 20th century to the present, this database will continue to grow through regular updates and new partnerships with graduate degree-granting institutions.

Open Content on Project MUSE

Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books and journals from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies.

Journals Available To Alumni

Cambridge Open Access Journals

Oxford Open Access Journals

​Elsevier Open Access Journals

​SAGE "Pure Gold" Journals

SpringerOpen Journals

Taylor & Francis Open Journals

Wiley OnlineOpen Journals

Additional E-Resources/Databases Available to Alumni

American Memory Project

This database contains primary sources. Digitized archival materials from the Library of Congress, including legal and historical materials.

The is an archive for electronic preprints of scientific papers in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance which can be accessed online.

British Library Online Gallery

The British Library Online Gallery provides access to 30,000 items from its collection, as well as locations of thousands of old maps, virtual books, and online exhibitions.


CogPrints is an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a service provided by the OAPEN Foundation, is a discovery service that points to open access books. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. As of Feb. 2014 there were 1806 Academic peer-reviewed books from 57 publishers. DOAB is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals covering all subjects and languages from 134 countries. There are over 9,950 journals in the directory. As of 2014, 5,835 journals are searchable at article level.

Europeana Collections

Multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections.

Getty Publications Virtual Library

The Virtual Library includes titles published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute.The publications span the Getty's publishing history, and include collection catalogues that highlight masterpieces from Getty collections, translations of texts on the visual arts, essential works of art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and publications that serve as key resources in the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

Internet Archive

Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Freely available scientific and medical literature.


PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


PsyArXiv (psychology archive) is designed to facilitate rapid dissemination of psychological research. PsyArXiv is a creation of theSociety for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) and the Center for Open Science (COS) and provides free preprints for the psychological sciences.


SocArXiv, open archive of the social sciences, is a partner of the nonprofit Center for Open Science (COS) and is housed at the University of Maryland.

E-Resources at Public Libraries

With a public library card, you can digitally access e-books, audiobooks, movies and music, academic databases, and more, at no cost to you. City of Los Angeles residents can sign up online for an e-card. Los Angeles County residents can sign up online for a 90-day digital library card. Other public libraries such as Santa Monica Public Library and Pasadena Public Library, among others, are also offering access to their digital collections.