Free search engines and research collections
Web sites listed by name or organized by subject, with helpful descriptions of each site.
INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Academic Web sites organized by Library of Congress Subject Headings. Each link is thoroughly described.
Librarians' Index to the Internet
A searchable, annotated subject directory of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians.
NOBLE Subject Guides
A selected guide to the Web maintained by our local library network.
*OAIster* Try here first
Over 23 million digital resources from 1,100 open-archive collections worldwide. OIAster contains books, journal articles, newspapers, manuscripts, audio, video, images, data sets (downloadable statistical information), theses and research papers.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
A single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.
Google Books helps you search within and discover books. Google is working with several major libraries to scan their collections into Google Books. When you find a book that's still under copyright, you'll see only a small portion of the book. If a book is out of copyright or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see the entire text and may download a PDF copy. In advanced book search, you can limit your search to titles in which you can view the entire text.
Internet Archive: Text
A collection of open access texts including scanned books from libraries, children's literature, and projects such as The Million Book Project and Project Gutenberg. The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library offering permanent access to many historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in their collections.
More than 25,900 ebooks are available free from this site. For each title you select, you can choose from more than 20 different download formats. There are book reviews written by users, recommendations, a new titles list, and the most popular ebooks of the year.
Ohio State University Press Open Access Initiative
Certain books published by the Press are freely available online.
The Online Books Page
Lists over 20,000 free online books and journals. The page is created by a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania and contains publications that are significant and stable. You can search the list by title or author.
Project Gutenberg started in 1971 and it is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books. The project continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies. You can download over 30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device. Their focus is on books previously published on paper and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers.
DIGITAL LIBRARIES & OPEN ACCESS REPOSITORIES
Harvard University Scholarly Repository - Beta is a central, open access repository for the scholarly output of faculty and the broader research community at Harvard.
The Directory of Open Access Repositories is a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world.
World Digital Library
Significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world, from UNESCO, Library of Congress, and 32 other partner institutions.