ResearchResourcesLogoWhether you’re doing research for a class paper or just looking to learn something new, it’s important to use resources that are reliable and reputable.  This list is meant to serve as a starting point for the independent researcher.

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Google Scholar – Free web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature in many formats.

United States Library of Congress – Archive of historic photographs, maps, performing arts, newspapers.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – A “one stop shop” for thousands of scientific and scholarly journals, the DOAJ provides free and open access to peer-reviewed articles across a variety of subject areas and languages.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – The DPLA is a platform that brings together many collections of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.



National Gallery of Art – A searchable catalog of all of the museum’s 110,000 objects, with images of more than 6,000 available online.

National Portrait Gallery – A searchable database of more than 80,000 portrait records.

Film Literature Index – Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other scholarly and popular periodicals selectively for articles on film and television.

Guggenheim Museum – A collection of over 160 classical and new artists, searchable by artist name, title, date, movement, medium, concept, and museum.

Archives of American Art – A resource to find and preserve the papers and archives of the visual arts in America.

Artcyclopedia – A comprehensive index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.



Project Gutenberg’s Biographies – Large collection of free, public-domain biographies.

Bio. – Website for the Biography Channel, which features free biographies for notable people.


Cultural Studies:

Discovering American Women’s History Online – Provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States.

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies – The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at UCSD provides a unique institutional home for understanding the challenges and opportunities created by international migration to California, the United States as a whole, and other countries around the world.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes – Numerous digitalized collections focusing on Hispanic language, literature, history, sign language, juvenile literature.

Latin America Journals Online – Latin America Journals Online, supported partly by INASP since launched in 2010, is a database of journals published in Nicaragua and Honduras, covering the whole range of academic disciplines, and a service to provide access to research published in Latin America.

VCU Libraries Digital Collections – These materials, primarily from VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives, range in subject matter from African-American history in Virginia to Richmond’s past and present.



Bureau of Labor Statistics – A directory of job-based and consumer economic data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management – A searchable database of federal government jobs.



MedlinePlus – Health information provided by National Institute of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.



Chronicling America – Provided by the Library of Congress, contains digitized historical newspapers (1836-1922) in a searchable and browsable interface.

American Memory – A rich collection of primary source material relating to U.S. history and culture, compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System – Contains basic facts about servicemen who served during the Civil War and regimental histories.

Ellis Island: American Family Immigration History Center – Covers the period 1892-1924 when 22 million passengers and crew members entered the Port of New York through Ellis Island.

Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press – A collection of historical Mexican and Mexican American publications from Tuscon, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico. From the University of Arizona libraries.

Historical Jewish Press – This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods.

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience – Includes 16,000 pages of text, 8,300 illustrations, numerous maps, and lesson plans, this exhibition documents 400 years of migration to, within and out of the United States.

Making of America (Cornell University Site) – Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library’s contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.



The National Academies Press – A searchable directory of 3,000 free books online and 900 for-sale PDFs.

Google Books – A searchable archive of magazines and books.

Project Gutenberg – A searchable online catalog of more than 19,000 free books with full text available online. – Great Books Online – Offers the full-text of many English and American literary classics.

The Online Books Page – Features over a million free online books, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.


Philosophy & Religion:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Nietzsche Source

Catholic Encyclopedia – Contains full and authoritative information on Catholic interests, action, and doctrine.

Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library – The Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to rescue Yiddish books and share their content with the world.



Science Daily – The latest in science news. – Internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Space Science, Earth Science, Health and Medicine.

Open Biology – Biology on the cellular level.

Math World – The web’s most extensive mathematical resource, provided as a free service to the world’s mathematics and internet communities as part of a commitment to education and educational outreach by Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica.

NASA – Information on space exploration and technology, provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. – A searchable gateway to authoritative science information provided by U.S. government agencies.

PubMed Central – A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, PubMed Central provides access to full-text journal articles on biomedical and life sciences research.