Wikipedia:List of free online resources

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General resources and link lists[edit]

  • Wikiversity - sister project that provides information on most academic subjects
  • Google Scholar [1] - provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature
  • DOAJ - multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers; provides free full text, advanced search and permanent URLs for all articles
  • Internet Archive Scholar - fulltext search index includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive.
  • BASE - general search engine for open archives and digital libraries, including books and academic papers

Searching for photographs by content[edit]

Resources for sourcing and searching for photographs by the content that is depicted. Though the search engines may be accessed for free, indexed images themselves may be under restricted license.

Newspapers and news agencies[edit]


  • Australian Dictionary of Biography [28] - over 10,000 scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography [29] - biographies devoted to people who have played an significant role in what is now Canada, who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [30] - collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century. Login is required to access, and it's not strictly free - however, if you're in the UK, entering your library card number will almost certainly get you in. Many libraries elsewhere in the world also have unrestricted access.
  • Project Gutenbergs' very large collection of free, public-domain Biographies

Information and library science[edit]

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) [31] - from EBSCO Publishing, the bibliographic database covers librarianship, classification, and information management, and indexes nearly 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings


Science, mathematics, medicine & nature[edit]

  • - practical "how-to" information (articles, videos, presentations, and courses) about conducting research - funding, research design, study management, dissemination, career advancement, and more.
  • E!Science News [33] - aggregated news source from major science outlets and universities


  • California Agriculture (web site) - peer-reviewed journal, reporting research, reviews and news from the University of California and its Agriculture and Natural Resources division

Biology and Medicine[edit]




Technology & computer science[edit]

Social sciences[edit]




Geography, places and travel[edit]



Political science[edit]


Religious studies[edit]



  • Art UK, online gallery of art pieces curated by the UK government [56]
  • Internet Archive, an extensive collection of varied works of many different mediums[57]
  • MoMA, online gallery of art pieces curated by the Museum of Modern Art [58]




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