Publicly Available Databases/Resources
The databases below are publicly available to search. Some may contain full-text documents, but others may only provide citations/abstracts for books, articles and other materials.
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The National Agricultural Library, part of the U.S.D.A, produces the AGRICultural OnLine Access database. This database contains records for books and articles on agriculture and its allied disciplines. This quick search guide describes how to search this collection.*
ArXiv (Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics)
ArXiv.org is an open-access e-print repository service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.
CommonKnowledge is the institutional repository of Pacific University, providing access to full-text theses, dissertations, and faculty publications. You may also search for resources available at other institutions who use the same repository platform.
Encyclopedia of Earth (Environmental Issues)
The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.
Maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Resources Information Center provides free access to more than 1.2 million citations of journal articles and other education-related materials. When available, links to full text are included. For more information, see this overview of ERIC.*
Google Books (General Interest)
Google Book search allows you to find thousands of books that are available for free, for sale, or in libraries. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.
HathiTrust (General Interest/Scholarly)
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. When searching, limit to "Full View" only for full-text documents. However, you are also able to search within full text documents that are not available as "Full-View", which can help you decide whether they would be useful to buy or borrow from a library.
MedlinePlus (Medicine/Consumer Health)
Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus includes 730 over health topics pages, information from over 1,350 organizations, and over 18,000 links to authoritative health information. Please see about MedlinePlus for assistance using this resource.*
OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open-access repositories. You can access repositories directly, or search across all repositories for open content.
Also produced by NLM and NIH, PubMed contains over 14 million citations dating back to the mid-1960s in the the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Please see PubMed Help for an overview of how to search this database.*
WorldCat.org (Global Library Catalog)
The Online Computer Library Center supports WorldCat.org, a catalog 69 million bibliographic records and 1 billion individual holdings. Use WorldCat.org to determine citations for books, journals, videos, and music and to locate a copy near you. Click the Help button at the bottom of the page for assistance interpreting WorldCat.org records.*
*Database descriptions from the University of Illinois University Library.