Open Access Databases

These open access databases are free resources that you can use as reference material for your studies.


CIA World FactBook – Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) –  An authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources. Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, dissertations, policy papers, and
other education-related materials. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education. 

Digital Public Library of America – Brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Google Scholar – Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Open Knowledge Repository (World Bank) – The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, the World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form.

U.S. Government Printing Office – The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.

OCLC-WorldCat – WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

General Academic Journals/Books

Academic Journals – A broad-based publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals. Academic Journals currently publishes 111 open access journals covering art and humanities, engineering, medical science, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and agricultural sciences.

Bentham Open – Publisher of a number of peer-reviewed open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, technology, medicine, and social sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – DOAB is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed books.

MIT Open Access Articles – The MIT Open Access Articles collection consists of scholarly articles written by MIT-affiliated authors under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, or under related publisher agreements.

OAister – A collection of freely available, academically-oriented digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone through WorldCat. OAister retrieves these using harvesting technology based on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI). Developed at the University of Michigan’s Library.

SpringerOpen – Makes peer-review journals freely available online for everyone, immediately upon publication.


Abyz News Links – International list of newspapers, both current and historical.

Chronicling America – Provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Library of Congress.

NewspaperCat – The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean.

Social Sciences and Humanities

HathiTrust – A partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

The Internet Archive – A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Making of America Journals – A digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books with 19th-century imprints.

National Criminal Justice Reference System – The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

New York Public Library Digital Collections – This site is a media-rich living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research – ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data.

Social Science Research Network – The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 395,400 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 324,600 downloadable full-text documents.

Science and Medicine

BioMed Central – Provides a collection of free, open access, mostly peer-reviewed research articles from over 100 biomedical, medicine, health, biology and biotechnology related online journals.

BioOne – BioOne Complete is BioOne’s aggregation of 200 high quality, subscribed and open-access titles focused in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. About half of the total list of Journals is available for free. Look for the open lock to the right of the journal title for open access.

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) – CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

ChemSpider – a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 58 million structures from hundreds of data sources. – A registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

Free Medical Journals – The Free Medical Journals Site was created to promote the free availability of full-text medical journals on the Internet.

InTechOpen – The world’s largest Science, Technology and Medicine Open Access book publisher. With a goal to provide free online access to research since 2004, InTechOpen has published 2,849 books and 46,670 scientific works by 97,702 international scientists.

MedlinePlus – Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Medscape – Medscape is the leading online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, offering the latest medical news and expert perspectives; essential point-of-care drug and disease information; and relevant professional education and CME.

PubMed – This database from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health contains citations for health related and medical literature from journals and books. Journal citations include both MEDLINE and non-MEDLINE literature. The database does not contain full text articles, but does provide links to the full text when available.

The Merck Index – The most authoritative and reliable source of information on chemicals, drugs, and biologicals. Now this trusted resource is available online from the Royal Society of Chemistry. – searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.

World Wide Science – A global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world.

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