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Open Access Resource Archive

Try these open access (free, online and reusable content) resources.

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AD900, a portal to digital archives of 20th century Italian literature.

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American FactFinder - Data from the United States Census, the American Community Survey and Census Population Estimates Program about households, education, income, homeownership, business, and more.

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American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

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Art Images for College Teaching is a royalty-free image exchange resource for the educational community

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arXiv - Open access to more than 340,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.

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Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, hosted and maintained by the University of Alicante (Spain). It comprises the largest open-access repository of digitized Spanish-language historical texts and literature from the Ibero-American world.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library - The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

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BioMed Central publishes 257 peer-reviewed open access journals. Boston College is a Supporter Member which means that when you publish in any BioMed Central journal you will receive a 15% discount on the article-processing charge.

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California Digital Newspaper Project - A Freely Accessible Repository of Digitized California Newspapers from 1846 to the Present.

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Chronicling America, a free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers provides access to information about older US newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. It is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. The site now features well over 5 million pages from more than 800 newspapers from 25 states.

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The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online - Almost all of Darwin’s works are freely accessible electronically at The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online: the complete publications; 20,000 private papers, the largest Darwin bibliography, manuscript catalogue and hundreds of supplementary works, and much more.


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Dictionary of Canadian Biography - Information about persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 (or whose last known date of activity falls within these years) and who played an important role in the formation of Canada.

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Digital Collections of the Bayerische StaatsBibliothek

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The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.

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The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a searchable index of academic, peer-reviewed books that have been published under an Open Access license. Includes links to the full-text books on the publishers' websites.

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The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be THE one stop shop for users of open access journals.

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The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

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"The Encyclopedia of Earth (EoE) is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The EoE is a free, expert-reviewed collection of content contributed  by scholars, professionals, educators, practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. "

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The eLife journal will be a platform for extending the reach and influence of new discoveries and to showcase new approaches to the presentation, use, and assessment of research.

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Encyclopedia of Life - Information and pictures of all species known to science.

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The Europeana portal is a search engine for the digitized collections of museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Europe

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Federal Digital System  - GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. 

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Folger Library Digital Image Collection - The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 80,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more.

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Gallica, maintained by the Bibliotheque nationale de France, provides access to millions of electronic text, image, animation, and sound documents pertaining to the nineteenth-century French experience.

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Google’s Advanced Image Search allows you to limit your results to images labeled for re-use.

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"HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world." Boston College is a member of HathiTrust. Sign in with BC credentials to download public domain materials

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Historical U.S. Newspapers Online - A listing of digitized historical U.S. newspapers available online for free.

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The Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Boston College is a contributor of texts to the Internet Archive: Boston College Collection.

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Internet Library of Early Journals - A digital library of six 18th and 19th Century journals

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JURN Directory - 3,000 links to selected arts & humanities ejournals. Journals listed are either free, or offer significant free content

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The Labyrinth - The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to resources in medieval studies. 

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The Levantine Review - The Journal of Near Eastern and Mediterranean Studies at Boston College, published in collaboration with the Boston College University Libraries’ eScholarship program.

Making of America

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made a broad range of digital images of artworks in the public domain freely available for scholarly and academic publication. The Museum has implemented Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC). Through OASC, artworks in The Collection Online section of the website which the Museum believes to be in the public domain and free of other known restrictions have been identified by an icon. Images associated with these artworks can be downloaded for license- and cost-free scholarly and academic publication.


OAIster - Search for open access articles, books, dissertations and other media available through WorldCat.

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The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

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Open Humanities Press is an international open access publishing collective whose mission is to make leading works of contemporary critical thought freely available worldwide.

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The database Persée provides online access to entire back runs of French journals in the humanities and social sciences.   

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Perseus Digital Library includes a number of collections, the major one being of Greek and Roman materials covering the history, literature, and culture of the ancient world. It has texts in the original Greek and Latin (with most words linked to lexicon entries) and some English translations.

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Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

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PubMed Central is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

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RePEc relies on volunteers from around the globe to create a database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, in Economics and related sciences.

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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public

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Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

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Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database - The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on more than 35,000 slave voyages that forcibly embarked over 12 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.


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The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point.

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The Data Catalog provides download access to over 8,000 indicators from World Bank data sets.

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Wright American Fiction 1851-1875 is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (1,763 unedited, 1,124 fully edited and encoded) by 1,456 authors.