Help using OpenDocs and the BLDS Digital Library

Frequently Asked Quesions (FAQs)


What is OpenDocs?

OpenDocs is an open access electronic repository of development research from the Institute of Development Studies. It includes two ‘communities’ or areas of content: the BLDS Digital Library and the IDS Research Community (under construction). Many items are available in full-text.

What is the BLDS Digital Library?

The BLDS Digital Library contains full-text copies of publications from developing country research institutes, made available online through partnership agreements between these institutes and BLDS (British Library for Development Studies). These publications are provided under a Creative Commons licence.

What is the IDS Research Community?

The IDS Research Community is currently under construction. It will contain publications by IDS research staff and from associated programmes and consortia, and includes the Robert Chambers Archive.

How do I find something in OpenDocs?

  • Search OpenDocs
    You will find a search box on every OpenDocs page. You can also browse by author, date, title and subject. When viewing an item in OpenDocs, click on ‘access full content’ for the full-text.
  • Search the BLDS catalogue
    Catalogue records contain a link to the full-text on OpenDocs where available.
  • Search the web
    You can access OpenDocs content, including full-text, by searching Google, Google Scholar, or another search engine.