Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Open Access – Part II (Other Resources)

In the last article ‘Open Access – Part I (Electronic Journals), we had discussed about the availability of scholarly journals via the Internet on public domain. In this chapter we‘ll discuss the other information databases (bibliographic as well as full text) accessible freely. All these databases work like portals and detail about the source of information can be retrieved. Following is the list of commonly used databases. This article includes Information Gateways, Portals and other important resources of information.

arXiv e-Prints

arXiv e-Prints Includes e-Print "preprints" in physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and computer sciences. From Cornell University with assistance from the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (USA) and the University of Adelaide (Australia). Formats include PDF, PostScript, and DVI.

Caltech Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Searchable and browsable repository of theses and dissertations from Caltech.

ASCE CE Database

1970-present; indexes all of the American Society of Civil Engineers journals, conference proceedings, books, standards, manuals, magazines, and newsletters. Full text is available from 30 civil engineering journals.

Bubl Information Services

BUBL is a UK-based interactive information service which provides links to over 12,000 internet resources in a wide range of subject areas. Initially designed as a resource for librarians, it includes a directory of UK organisations and institutions, job postings, user group links, surveys and comprehensive archives. BUBL provides links to current editions of all major UK newspapers, as well as abstracts and selected full text from over 200 journals.

CCSD: Hyper Article Online

An interface for submitting scientific papers to the article database of the French Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe. Papers in mathematics, physics, information science are instantly and automatically directed to "arXiv". The free online access to these documents provided by HAL is intended to promote the best possible dissemination of research work; the intellectual property remains that of thpee author(s). Contributors must abide by the rules of good usage prevailing in scientific publications - respect and citation of original work, no intellectual plunder, etc.

CCSD: Thèses-en-Ligne
Eprint repository of French theses in various scientific domains [French/English].

CERN Document Server

Articles and preprints collection aiming to cover the published and pre-published literature in particle physics and its related technologies. The collection includes about 400,000 documents, many of which in full-text access.

Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central is a new service publishing peer-reviewed open access research in chemistry, from BioMed Central - the leading biomedical open access publisher. This site features chemistry-related articles published in Chemistry Central Journal, BioMed Central and independent journals utilizing BioMed Central's open access publishing services. All original research articles published by, or in cooperation with, Chemistry Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

CiteSeer is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeer aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of the scientific literature and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge. Autonomously creates citation indexes of scientific literature. Generates citation statistics and allows easy browsing of the context of citations. Texts freely available in PDF, PS, HTML format.


Cogprints is an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology, Medicine, Anthropology, as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition. Makes preprints and reprints of papers in all areas of the cognitive sciences freely available on-line. Authors can deposit their work in the archive after a (free) registration.

Collection on Critical Global Issues

The Collection on Critical Global Issues 2.0 was developed in 1999 by United Nations University Press. It contains 210 publications (32,000 pages) in the fields of Agriculture and Land Management, Development, Environment and Sustainability, Food and Nutrition, Natural Resource Development, Science and Technology. Full-text access to publications in the fields of agriculture and land management, development, environment and sustainability, food and nutrition, natural resource development, science and technology.

Computer Science Teaching Center

A digital archive of peer reviewed resources for teaching computer science. Submission restricted to registered users.

Digital Library and Archives - Virginia Tech

Open Archive Initiative (OAI) compliant digital repository. E-journals, electronic theses and dissertations, faculty archives.

Digital Library of Information Science and Technology

in 2002, DLIST, Digital Library of Information Science and Technology is a cross-institutional, subject-based, open access digital archive for the Information Sciences, including Archives and Records Management, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, Museum Informatics, and other critical information infrastructures. The dLIST vision is to serve as a dynamic archive in the Information Sciences, broadly understood, and positively impact and shape scholarly communication in our closely related fields.

DMOZ : Open Directory Project

The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.

Documents in Information Science

(DoIS) - Database of articles and conference proceedings published in electronic format in the field of library and Information science. At the moment we hold about 15183 articles and 4500 conference proceedings, 14070 of them are downloable from our site.

Electronic Publications of the WU-Wien

Electronic archive providing full-text access to working papers and dissertations of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

EPrints in Library and Information Science

E-LIS is an open access archive to deposit preprints, postprints and other documents in the field of library and information science in electronic format. E-LIS was formed in 2003 for the deposit of documents in the Library and Information Science (LIS) domain. It is the first international e-server in this subject area and resulted from the RCLIS (Research in Computing, Library and Information Science) project and the DoIS (Documents in Information Science). E-LIS aims to further the Open Access philosophy by making available papers in LIS and related fields. It is a free-access international archive, in line with the Free Online Scholarship (FOS) movement and the Eprints movement, based on the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) standards and protocols.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Centre)

ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added twice weekly. If available, links to full text are included.

eScholarship Repository

Repository of the University of California, U.S., offering a broad range of e-books, journals and peer-reviewed scientific documents. The repository is a service of the scholarship initiative of the California Digital Library. Research and scholarly output included here has been selected and deposited by the individual University of California units.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

History and Theory of Psychology Prints

(HTP) Gives access to full-text of refereed papers. Registered users may also deposit appropriate material. It is offered as a free service to the community of scholarly historians and theoreticians of psychology with the goal of promoting the rapid dissemination of new work in the field.

An electronic archive for papers produced by members of the Hofstra University Community. It includes papers written by faculty and administrators, papers delivered at Hofstra University sponsored conferences as well as invited lectures.


IngentaConnect offers one of the most comprehensive collections of academic and professional research articles online - some 20 million articles from 30,000 publications, including 10,000 online. A comprehensive collection of citation data - some 20 million articles from 30,000 publications.

IOWA University - Computer Science Technical Reports

Digital repository of full-text technical reports downloadable in multiple formats.


The MathGuide is an Internet-based subject gateway to scholarly relevant information in mathematics, located at the Lower Saxony State- and University Library, Göttingen (Germany). Resources are described and evaluated with a set of Dublin Core metadata. MathGuide was developed as part of the special subject area project SSG-FI.

Medical and Health Library

The Medical and Health Library 1.0 was built in December 1999. It is jointly initiated by the Humanity Libraries Project (now called Human Info NGO), and the Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University. It contains 210 publications - 30,000 pages of ideas and solutions - in the fields of Clinical Treatment, Emergencies, Essential Drugs, Family Planning, Food and Nutrition, Health Education, HIV/AIDS, Medical Equipment, Prevention, Public Health, Research, Sanitaiton.

MIT Theses: Science, Technology, and Society

Searchable collection of selected MIT master's and doctoral theses available online.

NASA Astrophysic Data System

Free online abstracts and full-text papers in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, and solar physics. The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant. The ADS maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 7.3 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and arXiv e-prints.

Gives access to a large number of eprints archives and electronic resources and through the OAI harvesting protocol reveals digital resources previously "hidden" from users behind web scripts.OAIster currently provides access to 18,530,232 records from 1039 contributors. OAIster is a union catalog of digital resources. We provide access to these digital resources by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

Open Access Journal Collection (Beta)

The collection currently comprises 44 South African journals, which may be searched individually, and provides immediate access to the PDF versions of 6 000+ full-text articles. Of the journals in the collection, 14 appear on the Approved South African Journals list, the ISI list, or the IBSS list. New journal titles and issues are added to the collection on an ongoing basis.

Organic Eprints

Organic Eprints is an international open access archive for papers related to research in organic agriculture. The archive contains full-text papers in electronic form together with bibliographic information, abstracts and other metadata.


The SocioSite is a project based at the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. We present the resources and information that are important for the international sociological scene. It links students of sociology to many interesting, sociologically relevant locations in cyberspace. The SocioSite is a comprehensive information system which is very easy to use. That is why it has become a very popular yellow guide for social scientists from all over the world. The SocioSite is a toolkit for us social scientists. It contains high quality resources and texts that can be used as wheels for the sociological mind.

SOSIG (Social Science Information Gateway)

The Social Sciences pages of Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.

The Computation and Language Eprint Archive

An electronic repository of full-text papers in computational linguistics, natural language processing, speech processing.

The Digital Library of the Commons

The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) is a gateway to the international literature on the commons. This site contains an author-submission portal; an archive of full-text articles, papers, and dissertations; the Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; a Keyword Thesaurus, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons.

University of Trento Eprints archive

A digital repository (OAI compliant) of full-text scientific publications produced by professors and researchers of the University of Trento, Italy.

Uppsala University Publications

Full-text working papers and research reports in PDF format.

Virginia Tech - Electronic Theses

Searchable and browsable digital archive of theses and dissertations.

Voice of the Shuttle

The new VoS is built upon a database that holds information in individual, modular records and constructs the apparent relation of information items "on-the-fly" as the user requests it.

WWW Virtual Library

Catalog of Internet resources. Indexes cover a broad range of subject areas. Each entry within a subject area links to the appropriate Internet resource and is accompanied by a brief description and a relevancy ranking.


The Yenza! site was developed by the South African National Research Foundation in partnership with the Infolit Project of the Adamastor Trust. Materials on the site comprise a mixture of annotated links to resources in South Africa and elsewhere, and materials developed specifically for Yenza! In selecting outside resources, the project team has looked for materials which are highly rated by subject experts.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Search for statistics and full-text analytical publications from NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Academies Press

2500 full-text books in all science disciplines (behavioral science, biology, computer science, education, environment, mathematics, and more). From National Academy of Sciences.

Science Education

Resources for kids, parents, and teachers. Full text and abstracts/citations. Research reports and statistics. Science.gov searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative US government science information , including research and development results.

Science Accelerator

Science Accelerator can search by keyword, author, title, date the following: Electronic full-text research reports (including DOE scientific and technical information) Energy citations (millions of them, going back to the Manhattan Project era)Ongoing research project summaries (what's happening right now in DOE science research) ; E-prints (journal article pre-publication drafts, scholarly papers, and more)Proceedings and papers from science conferences, etc.

Chemicals: Electronic Orange Book

Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations. Search by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder, application number, patent.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Report Collection : Energy

This full-text collection provides access to unclassified, unlimited documents. It is a growing subset of almost 42,000 reports referenced and available in STINET, which dates back to 1974. Subject areas include biological and medical sciences, environmental pollution and control, behavioral and social sciences, and patents and patent applications.

Nanotechnology (NTIS)

NTIS has over 700 publications in its collection on the emerging field of nanotechnology. This broad and interdisciplinary field has been growing explosively in the past few years. While understanding of nanotechnology is just beginning to unfold, its tremendous potential for revolutionizing the ways in which materials and products are created is just beginning to show significant commercial impact.

National Technical Information Service ((NTIS)

Comprehensive resource for federally funded scientific, engineering, and business-related information. The database provides some full-text access and indexes over two million publications back to 1990.

NasaTechnical Reports Server

NTRS provides access to NASA's current and historical aerospace research and engineering results. NTRS integrates three separate information collections and enables search and retrieval of information through a common interface: NACA Collection: Citations and reports from the NACA Technical Report Server (TRS), http://naca.larc.nasa.gov, are now in NTRS. The NACA TRS site is retired and no longer in service following the consolidation of citations and reports into NTRS. The NACA collection is historical information from the NACA period lasting from 1915 to 1958. NASA Collection: Citations and documents created or sponsored by NASA. The NASA collection time period starts in 1958 and continues to the present. NIX Collection: Citations and images, photos, movies and videos downloaded from the NASA Image exchange and served out through NTRS. NIX is a separate system and users can go directly to the NIX to search imagery as well as through NTRS.

OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database

OSHA and EPA jointly developed and maintain this database as a convenient reference for the occupational safety and health community. This database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations. Available database reports include: "Physical Properties," "Exposure Guidelines," "NIOSH Pocket Guide," and "Emergency Response Information," including the DOT Emergency Response Guide. In addition, an all-in-one report, "Full Report," is available.

Patents: U.S. Patent Database .

This site provides full image access to all U.S.-granted patents back to 1790, with full-text searching back to 1976 and the full-text of published applications. The database also enables searching for references, which can include articles, reports, and proceedings.

Physics: Spires High-Energy Physics (HEP) Database .

The SPIRES-HEP database has been run by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center(SLAC) since the late 1960's as a database of particle physics literature. This database comprehensively indexes over 500,000 articles, papers, preprints, and technical reports. Most of the materials are available in full text, with coverage extending back to 1974.

PhysNet - Physics related free-access Journals

PhysNet Journals lists Physics related Journals, which are freely available (= free fulltext) on the net.

Access to Archival Databases (AAD)

Online access to more than 350 databases, which were created by over 20 Federal agencies. NARA plans to expand the system to more than 500 databases.


E-Stats: Measuring the Electronic Economy

E-commerce data were collected in four separate Census Bureau surveys. These surveys used different measures of economic activity such as shipments for manufacturing, sales for wholesale and retail trade, and revenues for service industries. Consequently, measures of total economic and e-commerce activity vary by economic sector, are conceptually and definitionally different, and therefore, are not additive.

Global Legal Information Network

Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.

O*NET Online

Key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. Information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. Information in O*NET is available for over 950 occupations. Each occupational title and code is based on the most current version of the Standard Occupational Classification system.

National Archeological Database

The National Archeological Database, Reports module, is an expanded bibliographic inventory of over 350,000 reports on archeological investigation and planning, mostly of limited circulation. this "gray literature" represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. Search by keyword, state, county, author, title, publication date, worktype, cultural, material, and more.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. This website contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programmes, how to create and locate ETDs, and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs. Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) Links to digital theses/dissertations available in Australia, Canada, many European nations, Hong Kong, Taiwan & the USA.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free e-books on the Internet. It is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or e-books. The collection consists of more than 20,000 e-books.

The Online Book Page

The Online Book Page by University of Pennsylvania Library has about 30000 e-books on different subjects.

Read Print site

It is very useful for historians and lovers of literature, as this site contains mainly the classics. It offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.

Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library Over 20,000 free books available online. The Internet Public Library's Mission Statement says: " The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. The IPL Online Texts Collection contains over 20,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification". For questions about the online texts collection, or how to search, please see their help page.

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