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Here follows a list of free and open access databases followed by academic tools and services. These are available to anyone at anytime and will be there for you even after you leave University. It is well worth acquainting yourself with these resources.

 

OPEN ACCESS RESOURCES


ACL Anthology
The ACL Anthology currently hosts over 36,000 papers on the study of computational linguistics. The Anthology home page now features search connecting to the ACL Anthology Searchbench and ACL Author Network.

 

AfricanFossils.org

This virtual lab showcases a spectacular collection of fossils and artifacts found mostly at Lake Turkana in East Africa. The digital collection of animals, human ancestors, as well as ancient stone tools offers a unique tool for scholars and enthusiasts to explore and interact with the collection online. It also provides an opportunity to download models for 3-D printing as well as to comment and share images of your favorite printed fossil objects on our forum.
Additional specimens will be added regularly to this online collection so please visit us often.

 

Research Methods Library of Alexandria

A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and the New Library of Alexandria (Egypt) took the initiative to promote knowledge of research methods and statistics:

FAQ on common statistical methods,
Ability to ask questions via Help Desk to experts,
More than 1,000 lectures from experts,
Developed examples of surveys translated into 8 languages,
Special applications for conducting research, etc.

 

AP Archive

AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press, one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. View AP Archive’s videos via this channel – the collection offers 1.7 million global news and entertainment video stories, which date back to 1895. AP Archive also offers curated playlists, promotes cherry-picked content and features a daily 'Editor’s Pick', which highlights the most important stories of the day.


ArXiv
arXiv is the go-to source for physics.  Developed by Cornell University, arXiv is an openly accessible, moderated repository for scholarly articles in specific scientific disciplines, including physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics. As an electronic archive, arXiv makes a commitment to provide persistent access to all announced submissions. arXiv is thus maintained with a focus on the perpetual availability of submissions.

 

BioDigital
Human Visualization Platform. This interactive, medically accurate virtual body enables users to learn about anatomy, health conditions, and treatments in visual format that resembles life itself. Please, create a free account to access.

 

Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as part of a global "biodiversity commons."  The BHL portal provides information on more than 1 million scientifically identified species.  The researcher may search and peruse the historical literature to find what was known of a species in the 16th century onward.

 
BioMed Central
BioMed Central makes freely and permanently available original research articles immediately upon publication. All research articles are rapidly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. Many BioMed Central journals are tracked by Thomson Reuters and all are referenced by Scopus and Google Scholar.


BioOne [INFO]
BioOne sees sustainable scholarly publishing as an inherently collaborative enterprise connecting authors, nonprofit publishers, academic institutions, research libraries, and research funders in the common goal of maximizing access to critical research. BioOne explores economic models and strategic partnerships that balance the needs of all stakeholders, and currently demonstrates this balance by offering financially sustainable information services in the biological sciences. BioOne supports best practices that increase operational effectiveness and technological standards that integrate its content with a global network of scholarly exchange. Currently it has 11 open access titles, including material not currently searchable via either DOAJ or Open J-Gate.

 

British Movietone

British Movietone is arguably the world's greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 to 1986.
Discover British Movietone’s newsreel archive, which contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky, via this channel.

 

British Pathe

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture. The entire archive is available to view online for free via the British Pathé website and YouTube channel.


Clinical Trials
ClinicalTrials.gov offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. A clinical trial (also clinical research) is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.

 

Cogprints
Cogprints is an open-access databases for researchers in areas relating to cognition to self-publish articles. This includes the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Lingusitics, with limited areas of Philosophy, Anthropology, Biology, Medicine, and even Computer Science.

 

Cyberleninka

CyberLeninka - is an open access Scientific Electronic Library, which aims to promote science and research activities, public control of quality of scientific publications, the development of modern institute scientific review and increase the citation of Russian science. CyberLeninka based on the paradigm of open science.

 

Digital morphology museum

The Digital Morphology Museum (DMM) provides an environment in which you can readily examine skeletal anatomy using the Primate Research Institute’s (PRI) collection of CT and MRI tomography scans. The goal of this site is to enable you to view the scans of non-human primates and mammals and to download scan data from our database for your original research.

 

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide.

 

Directory of Open Access Journals
Categorised, searchable links to free, full text, quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Contains more than 10000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

 

Directory of Open Access Books

Categorised, searchable links to free, full text academic peer-reviewed books.

 

Dryad

The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of datatypes.
Dryad’s vision is to promote a world where research data is openly available, integrated with the scholarly literature, and routinely re-used to create knowledge.
The mission is to provide the infrastructure for, and promote the re-use of, data underlying the scholarly literature.
 

Encyclopædia Iranica

The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. It is published by Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies.

 

Espacenet - European Patent database
Espacenet offers free access to more than 70 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.


The European Library
The European Library is a membership organisation for national and research libraries. Its members include 48 national libraries and an increasing number of research libraries.  Through its portal, it makes the resources of Europe's libraries, including many special collections, accessible to the public.  Through a single search box you have access to over 200 million records including 24 million pages of full-text content and more than 7 million digital objects.

 

Europeana
Internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. More than 2,000 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre to regional archives and local museums from every member of the European Union.[2] Together, their assembled collections[3] let users explore Europe's cultural and scientific heritage from prehistory to the modern day.
 

figshare
figshare allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow.

 

French Revolution Digital Archive

A multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.
 

GitHub
GitHubIs a software repository. You can access software that has been marked as open and create your own account to share your own software. “GitHub is how people build software. With a community of more than 12 million people, developers can discover, use, and contribute to over 31 million projects using a powerful collaborative development workflow. Whether using GitHub.com or your own instance of GitHub Enterprise, you can integrate GitHub with third party tools, from project management to continuous deployment, to build software in the way that works best for you.”

 

HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
 

Harvard Dataverse
The Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others work. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive appropriate credit.
A Dataverse repository hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains datatset or other dataverses, and each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files (including documentation and code that accompany the data).

 Highwire
As the leading ePublishing platform, HighWire Press partners with independent scholarly publishers, societies, associations, and university presses to facilitate the digital dissemination of 1530 journals, reference works, books, and proceedings. The users of HighWire hosted publications include researchers, clinicians, students, and other scholars seeking the best online research from a vast database of full-text scholarly, high-impact materials. The HighWire portal offers advanced searching and browsing capabilities and tools, creating an alternative means to find and make sense of information from over five million full-text articles; create keyword, citation or author alerts; and download citations across all the content HighWire hosts. In 2008, HighWire announced the creation of its new platform, H2O. This platform incorporates the information technology's best-practices, standards, and architecture, providing HighWire's partners the flexibility to provide their online visitors the latest features and best experience.

Hindawi Open Access Journals
Founded in 1997, Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a commercial publisher of peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines, and publishes over 200 open access, peer-reviewed journals.

 

InTech - Open Science Open Minds

InTechOpen has 2,984 Open Access books published, which is the world's largest Open Access book collection. This number translates to 43,664 scientific chapters - openly available worldwide for other researchers to read, download, share, reuse and serve as inspiration for new, potentially groundbreaking discoveries.


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  ICPSR

An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.


Kaye & Laby's Tables of Physical and Chemical Constants (16th ed.)

For many years, scientists working in a variety of fields, specialists, engineers and students have used Kaye and Laby as an invaluable reference for their work. At launch, this online version includes the entire, unedited contents of the 16th edition (published 1995) and is crammed full of tables of data, formulae, graphs and charts. This information span topics from fundamental constants to fibre optics, superconductivity to Raman spectroscopy and many others. The contents will be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect advances and developments in the fields of physics and chemistry.


Luminos

Luminos is University of California Press' new Open Access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production and marketing as a traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.


Mathematics Subject Classification
The Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) is an alphanumerical classification scheme produced by staff of and based on the coverage of two major mathematical reviews databases, Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt MATH. It links up and aids searching of many mathematics and physics journals, which ask authors of research papers and expository articles to list subject codes from the Mathematics Subject Classification in their papers.
 

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Institute of Health's Web Site for patients and their families and friends.  Produced by the National Library of Medicine, 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.

 

MetPublications

The Metropolian Museum of Art Publications includes a description and table of contents for most titles, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met titles by author and by theme. Current book titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. The full contents of almost all other book titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF.

 

National Academies Press eBooks
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. This collection contains over 4000 free ebooks.

 

NATO e-Library

North Atlantic Treaty Organization e-Library offers Official texts of the Alliance, from the Treaty and its protocols to the Partnership for Peace documents, as well as the complete texts of all NATO Ministerial Communiqués since 1949.


NIST chemistry webbook

The NIST Chemistry WebBook provides users with easy access to chemical and physical property data for chemical species through the internet. The data provided in the site are from collections maintained by the NIST Standard Reference Data Program and outside contributors. Data in the WebBook system are organized by chemical species. The WebBook system allows users to search for chemical species by various means. Once the desired species has been identified, the system will display data for the species.

 

NYPL Map Warper

The NYPL Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning ("rectifying") historical maps from the NYPL's collections to match today's precise maps. Visitors can browse already rectified maps or assist the NYPL by aligning a map.

 

OATD (Open Accese Dissertaions and Theses) 
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes1,870,203 theses and dissertations.

 

Open library of Humanities

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal.
All the academic articles are subject to rigorous peer review and the scholarship showcases some of the most dynamic research taking place in the humanities disciplines today – from classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, to political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and new media studies, and digital humanities.

 

Open Depot

The purpose of OpenDepot.org is to ensure that all academics worldwide can share in the benefits of making their research output Open Access. For those whose universities and organisations have an online repository, OpenDepot.org makes them easy to find. For those without a local repository, including unaffilitiated researchers, the OpenDepot is a place of deposit, available for others to harvest.

 

OpenDOAR

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here.

OpenDOAR is primarily a service to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. OpenDOAR maintains a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories. It also encompasses archives supported by funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe [...] Users of the service are able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures.

 

Penn World Table
PWT is a database with information on relative levels of income, output, inputs and productivity, with country and period coverage depending on the release. On these pages you find access to several releases of this data set, as well as documentation.

 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. This resource contains high quality ebooks. All the ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. They were digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required, but donations are welcomed.

 

Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.

PubMed
PubMed comprises over 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

 

Qualitative Data Repository
QDR selects, ingests, curates, archives, manages, durably preserves, and provides access to digital data used in qualitative and multi-method social inquiry.  The repository develops and publicizes common standards and methodologically informed practices for these activities, as well as for the reusing and citing of qualitative data.  Four beliefs underpin the repository's mission: data that can be shared and reused should be; evidence-based claims should be made transparently; teaching is enriched by the use of well-documented data; and rigorous social science requires common understandings of its research methods.
 

Registry or Research data repositories
A global registry that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. re3data.org promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry went live in autumn 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

 

RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)

A collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 87 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data are then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it.
So far, over 1,800 archives from 86 countries have contributed about 2 million research pieces from 2,300 journals and 4,300 working paper series. About 46,000 authors have registered and 75,000 email subscriptions are served every week. See below on how you can be part of this initiative.

IDEAS

This site is one of several services that use RePEc data. Indexes over 1.6 million items of research in Economics

 

ROAD directory of open access scholarly resources

A portal that lists all types of open access resources: repositories, journals, monographs etc.


Royal Society Publishing journals
This site provides a range of services and facilities including access to the Society's journals, news of recently published science and the opportunity to purchase our publications online. Its list of international scientific journals includes the Philsophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1665-present), the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication. Note that only a proportion of the Royal Society's journal content is available free only. For most journals there is a one or two year embargo and archive access goes back to either 2001 or 2004. The exception is Open Biology, an online, fully open access journal, which publishes articles covering biology at the molecular and cellular level.

 

SCOAP3 – Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics

SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of over three thousand libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organisations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors.” The webpage contains both journals and a repository

 

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 major research centers, the National Zoo, and more.

The National Bureau of Economic Research
Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works and to undertaking and disseminating economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. Early research focused on the aggregate economy, examining in detail the business cycle and long-term economic growth. Simon Kuznets' pioneering work on national income accounting, Wesley Mitchell's influential study of the business cycle, and Milton Friedman's research on the demand for money and the determinants of consumer spending were among the early studies done at the NBER. Typifying its status as one of the United States' leading nonprofit economic research organisations, eighteen of the 33 American Nobel Prize winners in Economics and six of the past Chairmen of the President's Council of Economic Advisers have been researchers at the NBER. On this site you will find a range of economic resources available free of charge in full text.
 

The 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, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map
 

UNESDOC

UNESDOC is UNESCO's database of documents and publications since 1945. Subjects covered include education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information. Where full text is not available, an option to purchase is provided.

 

United States Patent database

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

 

World Bank Data Bank

The World Bank's new site provides a huge library of data on worldwide development.

 

The 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, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map

 

World Digital Library
The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site, in a variety of ways. Content on the WDL includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films. More than 100 languages are represented on the WDL, including many lesser known and endangered languages.
 

zenodo
Zenodo builds and operates a simple and innovative service that enables researchers, scientists, EU projects and institutions to share, preserve and showcase multidisciplinary research results (data and publications) that are not part of the existing institutional or subject-based repositories of the research communities. Zenodo is derived from Zenodotus, the first librarian of the Ancient Library of Alexandria and father of the first recorded use of metadata, a landmark in library history.
 

FREE CITATION TOOLS AND SERVICES

Bibsonomy
BibSonomy is a system for sharing bookmarks and lists of literature. When discovering a bookmark or a publication on the web, you can store it on the BibSonomy server, or tag post to retrieve it more easily. This is very similar to the bookmarks system that you use in your browser. Not only does BibSonomy allow you to access your bibliographical data from wherever you are, it allows you to share what you are reading with your friends, colleagues or the public at large.


CiteULike
CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there's no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.

 

Connotea
Saving references in Connotea is quick and easy. You do it by saving a link to a web page for the reference, whether that be the PubMed entry, the publisher's PDF, or even an Amazon product page for a book. Connotea will, wherever possible, recognize the reference and automatically add in the bibliographic information for you.

 

Zotero
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.  There is also a free standalone version available for every major operating system.  This will help you keep your citations and projects organized!