Research Resources

This is the main research resources list. Most of the databases and research sites are free scholarly resources, known as open access sources.

The resources here cover search sites and databases that index materials for all disciplines. Select a subject below for information related to specific disciplines and fields of study.

Databases covering multiple subjects are on this page below.

By Subject

Databases for journal articles and papers:

Academic Conferences and Publishing International view the contents and abstracts of 19 international conferences; full text is not free

BASE Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

BIROn (Birkbeck Institutional Research Online) database of published research from Birkbeck College

City Research Online search and read research papers published by the staff of the City University of London

CORE COnnecting REpositories allows for a single search for scholarly open access articles from British repositories

De Gruyter Open European publisher that provides free access to hundreds of journals

DASH Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard, "a central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community."

Digital Commons Network all disciplines; search university repository collections; for background on the Network see: "Uncommonly Open" Library Journal, June 19, 2013.

Directory of Open Access Journals over 7,000 journals searchable at article level

HighWire Press list of free online full-text content; not all HighWire Press content is free; see article about HighWire Press posted on Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2014

Journal Click a new tool for researchers to find journal articles using the web as a search tool; some results may not be freely accessible in full text

JournalTOCs large free collection of scholarly research journal table of contents; sign up for delivery to your computer.

MIT Open Access articles a collection of open access materials published by faculty

Open Access Digital Library A service of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

Open Access Journals Search Engine search for journal articles published in open access journals search by word, millions of research papers; visual results in graph form; for more background see the creator's blog post.

OpenGrey open access to over 700,000 bibliographical references to papers and other literature published in Europe in the sciences, social sciences and humanities

Oxford Open search open access journals from the Oxford University Press

Preprints The Multidisciplinary Preprint Platform; search the preprints or upload your own research publications

SSRN Social Science Research Network is one of the older online collection of research papers in the social sciences; NOTE: Elsevier has purchased the site (May 2016); there are already notable effects (July 2016)

Taylor & Francis Online view the collection of open journals from the publisher Taylor & Francis

Trove "Find and get over 407,916,787 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more"

Wiley Open Access publisher providing free access to some of its journals

Databases for finding journal titles:

British National Bibliography search for journal titles that have been published in the UK and Ireland since 1950

Directory of Open Access Journals currently listing 9982 journals

Flourish open access journal finder with data for making good publishing decisions; created by the University of Washington Data Lab

JournalSeek database of journal information; the database presently contains 101410 titles. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN. Searching this information allows the rapid identification of potential journals to publish your research in, as well as allow you to find new journals of interest to your field. The database does not contain journal articles or abstracts.

ROAD Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources; a beta site launched by the ISSN register

Open Science Directory find over 13,000 open access journal titles in the sciences

Suncat "a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate print and electronic serials held in UK libraries, including the British Library and the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales."

Databases for finding book titles

British National Bibliography search for book titles published in the UK and Ireland since 1950

Open Book Publishers open access books

Open Library building a web page for every book

Wiley Online Library look for books published by Wiley; review table of contents; some content is free

Wikibooks an "open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit"

Worldcat maintained by OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative

Databases for searching the full text of books

CrossRef metadata search search a database of 64 million records; CrossRef is an association of scholarly publishers that offers membership services

Directory of Open Access Books

GITenberg public domain books

Google Books

Gutenberg Canada Canadian books in the public domain in English and French

Hathi Trust Digital Library search the full text of millions of books; for more about Hathi Trust see recent article: "The Universal Library is Us: Library Work at Scale in HathiTrust" Educause Review, May/June 2014.

Internet Archive public domain texts

OAIster OAIster is "a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources..."

Project Gutenberg provides books in the public domain in the U.S.

Project Gutenberg Australia provides books in the public domain in Australia

Projekt Gutenberg-DE Germanic literature

Project Runeberg Nordic literature in the public domain

Databases for finding dissertations and theses:

BASE Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

DSpace@MIT a collection of MIT research that also includes theses

EThOS British Library's Electronic Thesis Online Service; Search across 300,000+ theses for free and order full text

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) electronic theses and dissertations; new global search engine released in 2015;

Open Access Theses and Dissertations a resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations

Open Thesis a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents

Thesis Commons "An open archive of Theses"


Apertium a free open source translation platform

Google Translate Google's text translator

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