Wikipedia:List of free online resources

The following list is meant to help you with your own research, by offering links to respectable information sources on the web, available free of charge. Inclusion on the list doesn't automatically mean the absolute truth is on these websites, so always be critical and compare information between different sources.

The content of the subsections is alphabetically organized.

Please add free online sources if you know some that are missing in this list, but try to keep it relevant and trustworthy.

General resources and link lists edit

  • Wikiversity - sister project that provides information on most academic subjects
  • Footnote - historic documents through their partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions (partly free)
  • Google Scholar [1] - provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature
  • Paperity - multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers; provides free full text, advanced search and permanent URLs for all articles
  • ipl2 [2] - merger of the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites, hosted by Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology
  • Refdesk - free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources
  • DeepDyve - big archive of literary and scholarly journal articles; free five-minute full-text previews.
  • Library of free projects - Free project resources (but no software).

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.

  • Google Books [3] - Searchable archive of magazines and books (some full-text, including photograph captions and references to photographs from related articles and content).
  • United States Library of Congress [4] - Searchable archive of historic photographs, maps, performing arts, newspapers.
  • Life (magazine) Photo Gallery Archives (web site) - Searchable archive of photographs of news and sporting events, celebrities, travel.
  • NASA Images [5] - Searchable archive of aeronautics, space and space exploration photographs.
  • Pexels [6] - Public domain photographs
  • LibreShot (web site) - CC0 1.0 (public domain) photographs

Newspapers and news agencies edit

Biographies edit

  • Australian Dictionary of Biography [29] - over 10,000 scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography [30] - 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 [31] - 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) [32] - from EBSCO Publishing, the bibliographic database covers librarianship, classification, and information management, and indexes nearly 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings

Philosophy edit

Science, mathematics, medicine & nature edit

  • E!Science News [34] - aggregated news source from major science outlets and universities

Agriculture edit

  • 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

Math edit

Nutrition edit

Space edit

Technology & computer science edit

Social sciences edit

Anthropology edit

Culture edit

Economics edit

Geography, places and travel edit

History edit

Law edit

Political science edit

Psychology edit

Religious studies edit

Sociology edit

Sports edit

See also edit