Free Publicly-Accessible Databases

The following databases were selected not only for their availablity to the general public but also because of their broad appeal and scope, and access to full-text resources.

Databases indicated with an asterisk * require that you have a Santa Barbara public library card, available free of charge to Santa Barbara County residents through the Public Library (locations and hours).

  • African Journals Online
    A service to provide access to African published research, and increase worldwide knowledge of indigenous scholarship. It's published in Africa and cover the full range of academic disciplines.

     

  • AGRICOLA
    This catalog of the U.S. National Agriculatural Library (NAL) provides citations to agricultural literature. The NAL houses one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and advances access to global information for agriculture.

     

  • AIDSinfo
    Access to wide-ranging Federal resources on HIV/AIDS clinical research, HIV treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for health care providers and consumers.

     

  • Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) Globetrotter
    A web interface to the National Geospatial Digital Archive (NGDA) project, a collecting network for the archiving of geospatial images and data (maps, aerial photographs, etc.).

     

  • Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer (Dictionary of Place Names)
    A searchable dictionary of placenames, including natural (mountains, rivers, earthquake zones, etc.) and human-generated (cities, archaelogical sites, etc.) features. The Gazetteer contains just under 4 million entries.

     

  • American Memory Collection
    This Library of Congress project provides access to a large number of LoC collections, searchable and browsable by subject and title, including a large quantity of digitized primary source material.

     

  • Bartleby.com Reference Works
    The Bartleby.com site, originally created at Columbia University, includes a host of e-texts, all browsable and searchable, including such reference works as:
    • American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed., 2000) [UCSB call #: PE 1628 .A623 2000]
    • Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray (20th ed., 1918) [UCSB has later editions at: QM 23.2 .G73]
    • The Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer (1918)
    • Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-1921) [various call numbers at UCSB]
    • The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001) [UCSB call #: Ref AG 5 .C725 2000]
    • Columbia Gazetteer of North America (2000) [UCSB call #: Ref E 35 .C65 2000]
    • Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett (10th ed., 1919) [UCSB call #: Spec. Coll. PN 6081 .B29 1902; later editions at: PN 6081 .B29 and in Reference at: PN 6081 .B27]
    • Robert's Rules of Order Revised (1915) [UCSB call #: Ref JF515 .W42 for latest edition]
    • Roget's II: The New Thesaurus (3rd ed., 1995) [UCSB call #: Ref PE1591 .B35]
    • Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1988) "The Most Notable Quotes, 1950-1988" [UCSB call #: Ref PN 6083 .S53 1988]
    • The World Factbook (2008)

     

  • Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences
    Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.

     

  • BioMed Central
    Publisher of 187 peer-reviewed open access journals.

     

  •  Biography Resource Center  *
    Database of biographies as well as full-text biographical articles from hundreds of periodicals.

     

  • BioMed Central (BMC)
    Publisher of 179 peer-reviewed open access journals in medicine and biology; provides free, full text access to all original research papers published in any of its online journals and any journals that will be added over time.

     

  • bizjournals
    Features local business news from around the nation, top business stories from American City's print editions and industry-specific news from more than 40 industries with access to each of the 42 local business sites; contains 1.25 million business news articles published since 1996.

     

  • BNET Business Network's Find Articles
    "Browse millions of business articles from thousands of trade and general-interest publications."

     

  • BPubs.com The Business Publications Search Engine
    Organized by various business categories, this site provides links to full text business articles on the web.

     

  •  Business Directory (see: Reference USA) *
    Detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses and a directory of 120 million U.S. residents.

     

  • Chaucer Bibliography Online The Online Chaucer Bibliography includes materials from the Annotated Chaucer Bibliography published annually in Studies in the Age of Chaucer (call number: PR 1901 .S78) and is sponsored by the NCS and the library of the University of Texas at San Antonio. (Note: "Title" searching is searching for the beginning of the title, not for keywords in the title.

     

  • Chemistry Central
    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 journals 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.

     

  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

     

  • Core Documents of U. S. Democracy
    To provide American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, a core group of current and historical Government publications is being made available for free, permanent, public access via the GPO Access service. In addition to full ASCII text, some documents, such as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, are available as scanned images of the original manuscripts. Document texts range from the Articles of Confederation to the current United States Government Manual, Statistical Abstracts and Code of Federal Regulations.

     

  • Dictionary.com
    Dictionary.com provides searchable access to several dictionaries, most notably, the American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd ed. (1996,1992) (in print at PE 1628 .A623 1992), plus Roget's Thesaurus, and links to a number of other dictionary sites on the web.

     

  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. Covers nearly 150,000 articles in 834 searchable journals.

     

  • Energy Citations Database
    Free access to over 2.3 million science research citations with access to over 179,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ECD includes scientific and technical research results in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science and related disciplines. It includes bibliographic citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

     

  • English Broadside Ballad Archive
    Created by the Early Modern Center in the English Department at UCSB, the English Broadside Ballad Archive (formerly, Pepys Ballad Archive) offers a fully-searchable database of over 1,800 broadside ballads, mostly of the seventeenth century and mostly in black-letter print. The ballads were collected by Samuel Pepys into five albums, which are held at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The ballads in the database are accessible as facsimiles, as facsimile transcriptions, and as recorded songs. Also provided are full citations for the ballads as well as background essays about ballad culture of the period and Pepys’s categories for organizing his collection.

     

  • Esp@cenet (European Patent Office)
    The European Patent Office's Esp@acenet provides detailed searching of EPO and PCT patent applications for the last 24 months, and worldwide patent documents searchable by patent number as early as 1920 for some issuing nations.

     

  • ETDEWEB (ETDE World Energy Base)
    With individual registration, ETDEWEB is freely accessible. It contains the world's largest collection of energy literature with links to full text when available.

     

  • FS Info
    Catalog of records to Forest Service Research publications dating back to 1904. Includes almost 6,000 full-text publications.

     

  • FWS National Image Library
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's online collection of public domain still photographs, containing still photo images of wildlife, plants, National Wildlife Refuges and other scenics, as well as wildlife management work.

     

  • FWS Publications Online
    Full text access to a collection of newsletters and technical reports from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

     

  • Google Scholar (beta)
    Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

     

  • GPO Access
    From the U.S. Government Printing Office: provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version.

     

  •  Health & Wellness Resource Center  *
    "Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only."

     

  • Hearth
    Hearth is a core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance. The first phase of this project focused on books published between 1850 and 1925 and a small number of journals. Future phases of the project will include books published between 1926 and 1950, as well as additional journals. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to Home Economics, are all freely accessible on this site.

     

  • HighBeam Encyclopedia
    Contains nearly 200,000 brief entries from the Britannica, Oxford University Press, and Columbia Encyclopedia.

     

  • HighWire Press
    Free full-text articles in science disciplines, from HighWire Press at Stanford University.

     

  • ibiblio
    One of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

     

  • InfoPlease
    Search the Information Please almanac and timeline, their atlas, the Columbia Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and a thesaurus. Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938.

     

  •  Info Trac/General Reference Center Gold  *
    Access to thousands of articles from magazines, journals newspapers and reference books covering sports, business and industry, the arts, popular culture, the sciences and more. Has separate Kids InfoBits (K-5) and Jr. Edition (6-9).

     

  • Information Bridge
    Search the U.S. Dept. of Energy's scientific and technical research reports in the sciences including biology, environmental sciences, physics, energy, and other topics.

     

  • Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that was founded to build an 'Internet library,' with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to build more well-rounded collections. Among its most notable collections are:
    • Audio Archive
      The Archive contains over a hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.
    • Live Music Archive
      The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree wiki to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly noncommercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists' commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community.
    • Moving Images Collections
      This collection of thousands of digital movies is free and open for everyone to use. It includes the Prelinger Archive, a collection of nearly 2,000 advertising and educational films from 1927 to the present.
    • Text Archive
      This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text.

     

  • The Internet Public Library Reading Room
    Links to freely available "Books," "Magazines," and "Newspapers."

     

  • Kew Bibliographic Databases
    Search three major bibliographic databases: Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, Economic Botany, and Plant Micromorphology. Provided by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as part of its mission to support botanical research and conservation.

     

  • MagPortal
    "Find individual articles from many free magazines by browsing the categories or using the search engine."

     

  •  Magazines & Journals (see: Info Trac/General Reference Center Gold)  *
    Access to thousands of articles from magazines, journals newspapers and reference books covering sports, business and industry, the arts, popular culture, the sciences and more. Has separate Kids Edition (K-5) and Jr. Edition (6-9).

     

  • Making of America: at Cornell University and University of Michigan
    Hosted at Cornell University and the University of Michigan, 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 Cornell collection currently contains 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints while the Michigan collection contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints, estimated at over 3% of all American monographs published in the 19th century. All are in the form of searchable scanned images.

     

  • MedKnow Publications
    The largest publisher in India for academic and scientific biomedical journals, publishing high quality peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Medknow, with over 40 print + online journals, is probably the largest open access publisher of print journals in the world and provides immediate free access to the electronic editions of the journals.

     

  • MedlinePlus
    "Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 740 topics on conditions, diseases and wellness. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials."

     

  • MyWire
    "MyWire connects users to the best media from trusted sources around the world; . . . brings together the important stories of the moment from a wide range of the most reputable publications across the globe."

     

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    The official Archives of the United States government provide a variety of online primary sources including:

     

  • NCJRS Virtual Library (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
    Access to more than 3,500 full text publications and more than 190,000 abstracts, or summaries, of publications on this site and from NCJRS partner agency websites.

     

  • National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS)
    A database of over 24,000 full-text U.S. EPA documents

     

  •  Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals  *
    Full text searching of newspapers, magazines, books, images, maps, and TV & radio transcripts. Access to full text articles from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other newspapers.

     

  •  NoveList  *
    A guide to fiction. Use author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest.

     

  • O*NET OnLine
    From the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Information Network is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. Information in O*NET is available for over 800 occupations. Each occupational title and code is based on the most current version of the Standard Occupational Classification system.O*NET replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).

     

  • Online Archive of California
    The Online Archive of California is a collaborative project to create a searchable online union database of finding aids to archival collections. This database includes the finding aids to repositories from more than 90 institutions statewide including all nine UC campuses, and is continuing to expand. Finding aids provide detailed descriptions of collections, their intellectual organization and, at varying levels of analysis, of individual items in the collections. A small but increasing number of the finding aids contain links to online digital versions of the source material.

     

  • The Online Books Page
    "Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web," by author, title, subject, and other features, such as: "A Celebration of Women Writers," "Banned Books Online," "Prize Winners Online," "Foreign Language," and "Specialty" by subject. This site also links to extensive directories which list thousands more online books.

     

  • Open J-Gate
    An electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain; Open J-Gate indexes articles from 4,000+ academic, research and industry journals. More than 1,500 of them are peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

     

  • Oxford Latin American Economic History Database (OxLAD)
    Contains statistical series for a wide range of economic and social indicators covering twenty countries in the region for the period 1900-2000.

     

  • Paper of Record
    Building the world's largest searchable archive of historical newspapers. Over 21 million images in the collection so far. Searchable newspaper image documents presented in their original published form.

     

  • Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg is one of the earliest attempts to provide widespread access to public domain books via the Internet. As of 2002, it offers about 6,200 works, adding about 150 per month. Files are in plain ASCII text or in zipped ASCII text, available from a number of mirror sites around the world. The Project Gutenberg catalog is searchable by author and title. Author and title lists may be downloaded by FTP.

     

  • PLoS: Public Library of Science
    A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

     

  • PubMed Central (PMC)
    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

     

  •  Reference USA (Business Directory)  *
    Detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses and a directory of 120 million U.S. residents.

     

  • Science Accelerator
    Searches science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. Science Accelerator was developed and is made available by OSTI as a free public service.

     

  • Science.gov
    Science.gov is a gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.

     

  • THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    Full text access to U.S. House and Senate bills and committee reports.

     

  • USDA Forest Service Library Catalog: see FS Info
    Catalog of records to Forest Service Research publications dating back to 1904. Includes almost 6,000 full-text publications.

     

  • USPTO Patent Database
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Patent Databases allows searching of the bibliographic data (titles, inventors, assignees, class codes, references, etc.) or full text in US patents issued since 1976.

     

  • USPTO Trademark Database
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)'s Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) allows searching of the key data (titles, owners, relevant dates) in current Federal trademarks and inactive ones back to 1984. Results display the trademark text data and, in many cases, the images for graphic trademarks. It does not include state or foreign trademarks.

Databases indicated with an asterisk * require that you have a Santa Barbara public library card, available free of charge to Santa Barbara County residents through the Public Library. Click here for locations and hours.

Maintained by: martoran [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Janet Martorana)
Updated: 10/06/08