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Browse Open Access Databases: eBooks


  • African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
    52 works published by the Digital Schomburg collection, NYPL
  • American Mathematical Society Books Online
    Free ebooks on math history.
  • Art Institute of Chicago
    Explore thousands of artworks in the museums wide-ranging collection from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe as well as books, writings, reference materials, and other resources.
  • Great Books
    Reference and classics, including all 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
    "The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global biodiversity commons.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    "The finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.
  • Civil rights digital library
    "The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation's history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy. The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. "
  • Core Historical Math Monographs
    From Cornell University
    "The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. "
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
    "DPLA connects people to the riches held within America's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more are free and immediately available in digital format."
  • Directory of Open Access Books
    Large collection of open access books, made available by academic publishers such as Springer and Brill.
  • Early English Books (EEB-TCP)
    These 25,000 (plus a few hundred) texts are freely available to anyone wishing to use them. They are licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0 Universal), which will be indicated in the header of each text. They have been transcribed by hand by the Text Creation Partnership.
  • figshare
    Discover research archived by institutions and by individuals. Use the search box at the top of the window to locate research on your subject.
  • Free Legal Research Resources from Harvard Law School Library
    An extensive list of US, International, and Historical sources to support legal research.
  • Great Books and Classics
  • Hathi Trust
    Search over 5 million digitized titles.
    From Cornell University, "HEARTH is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance. The first phase of this project focused on books published between 1850 and 1925 and a small number of journals. Future phases of the project will include books published between 1926 and 1950, as well as additional journals. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics, are all freely accessible on this site. This is the first time a collection of this scale and scope has been made available."
  • Historical Math Monographs
    "The Cornell University Library Historical Mathematics Monographs is a collection of selected monographs with expired copyrights chosen from the mathematics field. These were monographs that were brittle and decaying and in need of rescue."
    "IDEAS the largest bibliographic database dedicated to Economics and available freely on the Internet. Based on RePEc, it indexes over 2,400,000 items of research, including over 2,200,000 that can be downloaded in full text."
  • Making of America
    10,000 books and 50,000 articles on American social history
    "MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community."
  • Moonlit road
    Tales of the American South
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
    "Established in 1972, 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."
  • National Endowment for the Arts Publications
    All documents are in PDF format.
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    "Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. Search, read, and discover."
  • Online Books Page
    Indexes over 30,000 ebooks available for personal use
  • Open Access eBooks on JSTOR
    "The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR
  • Perseus Digital Library Collections
    Created and maintained by Tufts University, the Perseus Digital Library includes an Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser and an extensive Greek and Roman Materials Collection.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Thousands of free ebooks from the original ebook project.
  • Skills Commons
    "Your FREE and OPEN digital library of Workforce Training Materials Preparing the Workforce for 21st Century Employment through TAACCCT"
  • University of Virginia Hypertexts
    Books, maps, exhibits, and more
  • Wikibooks
    Free textbook library.
  • World Digital Library
    Over 15,000 digitized manuscripts, photos, books, and more covering World History and other subjects in the Social Sciences.

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