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AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature

"AATA Online is a comprehensive database of more than 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage." -- Title page

ACM Digital Library

Freely searchable after a fairly painless registration. "As a service to the computing community, the Digital Library will continue to offer its search and bibliographic database resources to all visitors, for free. All you need to do is register with us." -- Title page


Doing research on African libraries or librarianship? Definitely check here. "The site consists of two bibliographic databases covering Africana periodical literature (Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database) and African Women's literature (African Women's Database). You will also find a comprehensive bibliography on women travelers and explorers to Africa (Women Travelers, Explorers and Missionaries to Africa: 1763-2000: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography)." -- "About" page

ALB 1876 : American Libraries before 1876

Part of the Davies Project at Princeton University, this database contains "Research into the History of University Libraries in the United States and the History of their Collections." -Title Page

All Academic

"All Academic is an academic index. It is designed to provide scholars and researchers with useful on-line source information about scholarly works. . . .  Links are direct from source citations to scholarly publications. All Academic catalogs free publications only! Links to commercial and fee based scholarly publications are not included in this database." -- "About" information

American Library Association Archives: Holdings Database

"This website provides a searchable interface for the American Library Association Archives' 'control card' database. The system includes records for over 1,100 archives or manuscript collections which have been arranged according to the archival principle of provenance. Materials are arranged in a three-part classification scheme of record group, record sub-group, and record series." -- Title page

Anthropological Index of the Royal Anthropological Institute

A small but surprising number of entries concerning libraries. "The Anthropological Index Online is based on the journal holdings of The Anthropology Library at the The British Museum (Museum of Mankind) which receives periodicals in all branches of anthropology, from academic institutions and publishers around the world." -- Title page

ARCHON Directory

"The ARCHON Directory includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives." -- Title page

arlis.net Periodicals Database (formerly Union List of Art, Architecture and Design Serials)

"The arlis.net service is designed to help users to locate art, architecture and design publications, plus related materials. The service currently consists of a database of periodical titles (or magazines / journals / serials), and a related directory of art library resources in general. " Click on the periodicals tab at the top of the page. -- "Introduction"

Australian Digital Theses Program

"The University maintains a collection of open access versions of some ANU theses. University candidates and graduates can make their PhD, MPhil and Doctorate by Research theses open access by depositing their successful theses through these pages." -- "Homepage"

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

"BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library." -- "About BASE"

Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN)

"The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) provides access to over 190,000 bibliographic citations for conservation literature. BCIN includes citations from the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (prior to 1998), technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books and audiovisual and unpublished materials. The database also includes previously unavailable material from private sources, as well as new information gathered by a worldwide network of contributors." -- "About BCIN" page

Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia

Of monumental importance, the first 51 volumes of Studies in Bibliography, offering a vast library of articles on bibliography and textual criticism, has been made available online by the Bibliographical Society.


"The BookServer is a growing open architecture for vending and lending digital books over the Internet. Built on open catalog and open book formats, the BookServer model allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries, and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks, or dedicated reading devices. BookServer facilitates pay transactions, borrowing books from libraries, and downloading free, publicly accessible books." -- Homepage

British Library Catalog

"This service provides simple searching and ordering of documents from the British Library's extensive collections." -- Homepage

British Library Manuscripts Catalog

"This On-line Catalogue is designed to offer a single means of access to the mainstream catalogues of the Department of Manuscripts covering accessions from 1753 to the present day." -- "About" page

C-SPAN Video Library

"The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives." -- About page

Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies

"This is a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science. The about 1200 bibliographies are updated monthly from their original locations such that you'll always find the most recent versions here. The collection currently contains more than one million references (mostly to journal articles, conference papers and technical reports) and consists of 660 MBytes of BibTeX entries. More than 16000 references contain crossreferences to citing or cited publications. More than 100,000 references contain URLs to an online version of the paper. There are more than 2000 links to other sites carrying bibliographic information." -- Title page

Commonly-owned digital preservation tool registry (COPTR)

"COPTR describes tools useful for long term digital presesrvation and acts primarily as a finding and evaluation tool to help practitioners find the tools they need to preserve digital data. COPTR is collating the knowledge of the digital preservation community on preservation tools in one place. Instead of organisations competing against each other with their own registries, COPTR is bringing them together. In doing so it's objective is to provide the best resource for practitioners on digital preservation tools." -- Title page


"COPAC provides FREE access to the merged online catalogues of 21 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland." -- Title page

Current Cites

"A team of librarians and library staff monitors information technology literature in both print and digital forms, each month selecting only the best items to annotate for a free publication. The resulting issue of 10-20 annotated citations of current literature is emailed to a mailing list and is redistributed on other electronic fora. The individual citations are also individually indexed so that you can dynamically create your own Bibliography On-Demand. The items that are freely available on the Internet are also retrieved and indexed so that you can perform an Article Search of the full-text of these items." -- Title page


"DataFerrett is a unique data mining and extraction tool. DataFerrett allows you to select a databasket full of variables and then recode those variables as you need. You can then develop and customize tables. Selecting your results in your table you can create a chart or graph for a visual presentation into an html page. Save your data in the databasket and save your table for continued reuse." - Homepage

DLIST - Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (University of Arizona)

"Established in 2002, DLIST, Digital Library of Information Science and Technology is a cross-institutional, subject-based, open access digital archive for the Information Sciences, including Archives and Records Management, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, Museum Informatics, and other critical information infrastructures. The dLIST vision is to serve as a dynamic archive in the Information Sciences, broadly understood, and positively impact and shape scholarly communication in our closely related fields." -- About page

Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works

"The Digital Curation Bibliography: Preservation and Stewardship of Scholarly Works presents over 650 English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding digital curation and preservation. This selective bibliography covers digital curation and preservation copyright issues, digital formats (e.g., data, media, and e-journals), metadata, models and policies, national and international efforts, projects and institutional implementations, research studies, services, strategies, and digital repository concerns. Most sources have been published from 2000 through 2011; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 2000 are also included. The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works, such as e-prints and open access articles." - Homepage

Digital Library of the Caribbean

"The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections." - Homepage

Digital Public Library of America

"The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among librarians, scholars, educators, and private industry representatives since the early 1990s. Efforts led by a range of organizations, including the Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society�s digitized cultural heritage." - History page

DLF Aquifer

From the Digital Library Federation. "Our purpose is to promote effective use of distributed digital library content for teaching, learning, and research in the area of American culture and life. We support scholarly discovery and access by: Developing schemas, protocols and communities of practice to make digital content available to scholars and students where they do their work; Developing the best possible systems for finding, identifying and using digital resources in context by promoting digital library best practices and developing tools and services to improve digital resource access and use" -- Title page

E-LIS - The open archive for Library and Information Science

"E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related areas. E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial. It is not a funded project of an organization. It is community-owned and community-driven. We serve LIS researchers by facilitating their self-archiving, ensuring the long-term preservation of their documents and by providing world-wide easy access to their papers." -- Title page

English Short Title Catalogue

"The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists over 460,000 items: published between 1473 and 1800; mainly in Britain and North America; mainly, but not exclusively, in English; from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries. " -- Title page

ERIC Database

"The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world�s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The new ERIC online system, released September 2004, provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. Effective October 1, more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, will be available for free. " -- Title page

EThOS: Electronic theses online service

"EThOS is the UK�s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK�s doctoral research theses...There are approximately 300,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Almost 100,000 of these also provide access to the full text thesis, either via download from the EThOS database or via links to the institution�s own repository. Of the remaining 200,000 records dating back to at least 1800, three quarters are available to be ordered for scanning through the EThOS digitisation-on-demand facility." - About page


"FindArticles is a specialized search engine designed to help you quickly and easily find published articles on the topics that interest you. Our database has hundreds of thousands of articles from more than 300 magazines and journals, dating back to 1998. FindArticles even brings some print-only publications to the Web for the first time." -- "Help" page


"Since 2003, The Free Library has offered free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site. Recently, The Free Library has been expanded to include a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business and Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health, Humanities, Law, Government, Politics, Recreation and Leisure, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. This collection includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily." -- Homepage

Google Book Search

The searchable interface for Google's mass book digitization project. page

GPO Access Multi-Database Search

Useful for searching a variety of federal government publications for information pertaining to libraries. Includes the United States budget, Congressional bills, the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, public laws, and the United States Code, among other items.

GrayLIT Network - See Science.gov

HCI Bibliography: Human-Computer Interaction Resources

"The HCI Bibliography is a free-access online bibliographic database on Human-Computer Interaction. The basic goal of the Project is to put an electronic bibliography for most of HCI on the screens of all researchers, developers, educators and students in the field through the World-Wide Web and anonymous ftp access." -- "About" page

Index Translationum

"INDEX TRANSLATIONUM data base contains cumulative bibliographical information about books translated and published in about a hundred of UNESCO Member States from 1979, totalizing some 1,300,000 notices in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history, etc." -- Title page


CARL UnCover is defunct, now incorporated into Ingenta.  Free searching.

Internet Archive

"The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public." -- IA Homepage

Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Hosted by the Cushing Library Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection and Institute for Scientific Computation at Texas A&M University, "The ISFDB is an effort to catalog works of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction indexes, and forthcoming books." -- Homepage


"JournalTOCs is the largest, free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs)" -- Homepage

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom

The LexisNexis Legal Newsroom delivers breaking news headlines, opinions, fast-turn analysis and more. This free Web site is the new and improved version of the LexisNexis Practice Area Communities and brings significantly increased coverage, more social media interaction and other enhancements.

The Legal Newsroom brings the number of practice areas covered up from 15 to more than 30, includes new jurisdictional options for select states, and introduces other significant enhancements. Emerging Trends features cover hot topics such as health care reform, immigration reform, and fracking and alternative energy. News headlines (which link through to Lexis.com or Law360), along with opinion and analysis, are delivered for more than 30 practice areas and several select jurisdictions.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

"EBSCO Publishing is proud to provide the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database as a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science." -- EBSCO Free Databases page


Searches and returns full-text articles from web publications. Should prove useful for some topics.

Medieval Feminist Index

Great for items about medieval books, libraries, etc., with a feminist slant. A quick test search turned up, among others, "A Library Collected by and for the Use of Nuns" and "Reassessing Women's Libraries in Late Medieval France." "The Medieval Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages." -- "What is the MFI?" page

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database

Useful for prison librarianship research. "The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 160,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research." -- Title page

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)

Provides access to the RLIN AMC (Archival and Mixed Collections) file and the OCLC bibliographic database describing archival and manuscript collections in public, college and university, and special libraries located throughout North America and around the world. "NUCMC, or the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, is a free-of-charge cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress." -- Title page

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

The goals of the NDLTD are as follows: "To improve graduate education by allowing students to produce electronic documents, use digital libraries, and understand issues in publishing; to increase the availability of student research for scholars and to preserve it electronically; to lower the cost of submitting and handling theses and dissertations; to empower students to convey a richer message through the use of multimedia and hypermedia technologies; to empower universities to unlock their information resources; to advance digital library technology." -- Title page

NewspaperCat : Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

"The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean. NewspaperCat was funded by a grant from the George A. Smathers Libraries.

Search by keyword, newspaper title or by city, county or state to locate titles. From your search result, click on the link(s) to connect to the digital newspaper(s). In many cases, this content is keyword searchable, depending on the hosting organization.

NewspaperCat currently links to over 1000 full-text newspaper titles with a goal to include links to as many US and Caribbean newspapers with archival digital content as possible.. Plans are to expand the Catalog as newly digitized newspaper titles are located." -- Title page


"OAIster is a Mellon-funded project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Services. Our goal is to create a wide-ranging collection of free, useful, previously difficult-to-access digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone." -- Title page

OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories

"The OpenDOAR service is being developed to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. This will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. " -- Title page

Open Access Directory

"The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. By bringing many OA-related lists together in one place, OAD will make it easier for everyone to discover them and use them for reference. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about OA. " -- Title page

"The database includes the locations of America�s 16,000 public libraries, population characteristics from the US Census that best describe people that use libraries, and library use statistics from the National Center for Educational Statistics. " -- Homepage


"PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format." -- About page


"The online registry of technical information. PRONOM is a resource for anyone requiring impartial and definitive information about the file formats, software products and other technical components required to support long-term access to electronic records and other digital objects of cultural, historical or business value. " -- Homepage

PubMed (MEDLINE, etc.)

Very useful for researching medical library topics, information use in the health care industry, and so on.  Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Health Libraries Review, and Hospital Libraries are included among journals indexed. "PubMed provides access to bibliographic information, which includes MEDLINE as well as the out-of-scope citations (e.g., articles on plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and chemistry journals, for which the life sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE; citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing; some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral and receive a qualitative review by NLM." -- "Overview" page

RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies

If you're researching Jewish libraries, their materials, etc., this catalog is a wonderful resource. "RAMBI - The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies - is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library, a world center for research on the Jewish people and Eretz Israel. The main criterion for inclusion in the bibliography is that the article be based on scientific research, or contain important information for such research." -- "About" page

Reference Reviews Europe Online

"Over 1000 European reference book reviews online, full-text searchable, updated quarterly." -- Title page


"Currently in public beta, RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers. RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine�increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results." -- About page

Registry of Digital Collections (Cornell University Libraries)

"A digital collection registry provides the ability to discover digital collections and maintains information on services that enable harvesting and federated searching of the collections. " -- About page

Research Data Curation Bibliography

From Charles W. Bailey, Jr., the "Research Data Curation Bibliography includes selected English-language articles, books, and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions." -- Homepage


"ResearchIndex is a digital library that aims to improve the dissemination, retrieval, and accessibility of scientific literature. Specific areas of focus include the effective use of web, and the use of machine learning . . . .  The ResearchIndex project encompasses many areas including the location of articles, full-text indexing of the articles, autonomous citation indexing, reference linking, information extraction, display of query-sensitive summaries, extraction of citation context, distributed error correction, related document detection, and user profiling." -- "Welcome" page


"Science.gov is a gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results." -- Home page. This database includes Office of Scientific and Technical Information's (OSTI) GrayLIT Network.

TechRepublic's White Paper Search

"TechRepublic� provides IT professionals a valuable technical content resource dedicated to meeting their day-to-day demands for timely and relevant Information Technology-focused knowledge and insight." -- "CNET Networks" page

TRAIL - Technical Report Archive and Image Library

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) bring us "a collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975." -- Homepage

UNESDOC: UNESCO Full Text Documents

Provides access to full-text documents published by UNESCO, many on issues related to library and information science, such as copyright, access to information, and so on.  Note that documents are in PDF format, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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