Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Free resources

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This is a starting point for collating free, web-based resources available to editors, as well as indexes to help point to sources. Please feel free to add new resources with a URL to the site, and a brief description. Don't worry too much about presentation or organization, this is just a draft. Add new headings as needed.

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See also Collections on Meta.

African studies[edit]


American studies[edit]

Archival materials[edit]

Art history[edit]

  • Over 1,200 (and growing) books published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, up to c. 2009, fully available to download as PDFs (though content is still copyrighted) from the Thomas J. Watson Library at the MMA. Exhibition and collection catalogues, many very large and well-illustrated, and much else. Also useful for general history etc.
  • Oxford Art Online (select articles)

Asian studies[edit]

Biology and zoology[edit]

Canadian studies[edit]



Data and statistics[edit]

Earth and environmental studies[edit]



European studies[edit]


Government and politics[edit]


Languages and linguistics[edit]


Library and Information Science[edit]

  • Librarian's News Wire : [9]
  • Librarian and Information Science News: [10]






  • Google News
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from October 26, 1841, to December 31, 1902; approximately 147,000 pages.
  • Chronicling America – Digitization project of the U.S. Library of Congress; a smorgasbord of American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922; approximately 5,200,000 pages.
  • Old Fulton NY Post Cards – A private digitization project; contains over 21,000,000 old New York State historical newspaper pages.
  • Northern New York Library Network, overlapping some of Old Fulton's content but smaller (about 2,000,000 pages) and providing a different search interface.
  • Papers Past – Digitization project of the National Library of New Zealand; over 2,000,000 New Zealand newspaper pages.
  • Trove – Digitization project of the National Library of Australia; over 5,000,000 Australian newspaper pages.
  • Elephind – text searchable free database of approximately 2,700 newspapers.
  • The European Library – text searchable free database of approximately 3.3 million European newspaper pages; a project funded under the European Commission's CIP 2007 – 2013 programme.

Physics and astronomy[edit]


Religion and philosophy[edit]

Sciences (general)[edit]

Social sciences (general)[edit]