Free Internet Databases

Database Subject Categories

General Databases
Health & Medicine Humanities
Images Sciences Social Sciences
General/Multiple Topics:
  • Digital Commons Network maintained by the University of California
  • Digital Public Library of America is supported by various universities and foundations and provides access to many documents, images and historical records.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals Full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are 665 journals searchable at the article level.
  • FDsys from U.S. Government Printing Office. Public access to documents submitted by Congress and federal agencies. Replacing GPO Access.
  • Google Scholar simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • JURN an academic search-engine, indexing 4,413 free e-journals in arts and humanities
  • USA.gov official web portal for the U.S. government and agencies
  • World Bank Open Data; The World Bank is a global organization whose goal is to fight poverty. There are over 2,000 statistical indicators available here.
Health and Medicine:
  • Health and Environmental Research Online from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. HERO contains the key studies EPA uses to develop environmental risk assessments for the public.
  • Health Care from U.S. government agencies
  • Medline Plus from National Library of Medicine. Information about diseases, treatment, drugs, vitamins. Includes encyclopedia and dictionary.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Collaboration of The Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Medical Association.
  • Nutrient Data Laboratory. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nutrient content of the U.S. national food supply for more than 100 nutrients for over 7,000 foods.
  • PubMed from National Library of Medicine. Digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Use the limits tab for free full-text and English language only.
History:
Humanities:
  • English Literature Digital Library Includes links to poetry, drama, American, Canadian free literature sites.
  • Folktexts from University of Pittsburgh. Links to folklore and mythology electronic texts.
  • Voice of the Shuttle University of California. Links to web sites with free journal articles, poetry and literary criticism as well as writing tips.
  • Worldwide Internet Music Resources Indiana University. Links to web sites about composers, composition, genres of music.
  • Yale Digital Commons from Yale University. Provides access to over 250,000 images from the Yale collections relating to art, history and maps.
Images:
  • NYPL Digital Gallery Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs, printed ephemera and more.
  • Refdesk.com Links to photography and images web sites.
  • NOAA Photo Lab public domain photos from the sun to the bottom of the sea from National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration
Sciences:
Social Sciences:
  • ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) U.S. Dept. of Education. Includes more than 100,000 full-text reports and studies in the field of education.
  • FindLaw Index to many free legal sites. Your zip code is required to enter.
  • GeoData.gov U.S. intergovernmental web site with federal, state and local geographic data.
  • Legal Information Institute Cornell law School. Links to U.S. Constitution, federal rules and regulations, federal and state laws, federal and state court opinions.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service U.S. Dept. of Justice. Includes complete reports, documents, statistics covering corrections, courts, law enforcement, crime, juvenile justice and much more.
  • Psychology Metasites Jacksonville State University. Links to web sites on this topic including U.S. agencies.
  • UNESCO United Nations agency reports, policies, statistics on education, social and human sciences, culture and communication.
  • The World Factbook U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependences.