Knowledge Databases

Development Bookshelf is a specialist peer-reviewed and evidence-based book and journal database for all those involved in International Development. Comprised of over 700 policy, practice, and research publications that stimulate discussion, strengthen people’s capabilities, and promote sustainable change it is one of the most comprehensive online databases currently available to own. The databases reflect the collective learning of multiple agencies and development professionals across a variety of specialist areas including Agriculture, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction, Enterprise and Business Development, Gender, NGO Management, Sustainability, Technology and Water .

Free trials are available to organisations and libraries to enable faculty, staff and resource managers to identify which content and databases will benefit your studies, department or library. To speak to someone directly, please visit our contacts page. Practical Action Publishing is dedicated to providing high-quality online resources that are authoritative, user-friendly and value for money.

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Information for libraries

Libraries, NGOs and Businesses can secure access to Practical Action Publishing’s Knowledge Databases for patrons by either purchasing permanent access to the resources of interest or via subscription depending on their organisations access needs. 

  • 24/7 access to comprehensive international development resources
  • Advanced search features and subject navigation
  • Content can be viewed on multiple devices, downloaded and saved without limitations
  • COUNTER compliant usage statistics for monitoring and feedback on use
  • Flexible access models including perpetual access rights
  • DRM free
  • Unlimited concurrent users
  • Single and multisite licenses are available 

For further information on the purchase options and technical specifications please download the latest Knowledge Databases information documents below. Alternatively if you’d like to speak to someone please visit our contacts page.

Knowledge Databases information

Knowledge Database Library Recommendation

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