Wikipedia:List of free online resources

General resources and link listsEdit

  • Wikiversity - sister project that provides information on most academic subjects
  • Footnote - historic documents through their partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions (partly free)
  • Google Scholar [1] - provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature
  • Paperity - multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers; provides free full text, advanced search and permanent URLs for all articles
  • ipl2 [2] - merger of the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites, hosted by Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology
  • Refdesk - free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources
  • XooxleAnswers Research - professional research service offers free research for small (circa 15-minute) projects as a means of introducing its services.
  • DeepDyve - big archive of literary and scholarly journal articles; free five-minute full-text previews.

Searching for photographs by contentEdit

Resources for sourcing and searching for photographs by the content that is depicted. Though the search engines may be accessed for free, indexed images themselves may be under restricted license.

  • Google Books [3] - Searchable archive of magazines and books (some full-text, including photograph captions and references to photographs from related articles and content).
  • United States Library of Congress [4] - Searchable archive of historic photographs, maps, performing arts, newspapers.
  • Life (magazine) Photo Gallery Archives (web site) - Searchable archive of photographs of news and sporting events, celebrities, travel.
  • NASA Images [5] - Searchable archive of aeronautics, space and space exploration photographs.
  • Pexels [6] - Public domain photographs
  • LibreShot (web site) - CC0 1.0 (puplic domain) photographs
  • Photostockeditor [7] - Public domain photographs
  • Freejpg [8] - Public domain image bank photographs

Newspapers and news agenciesEdit


  • Australian Dictionary of Biography [32] - over 10,000 scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography [33] - biographies devoted to people who have played an significant role in what is now Canada, who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [34] - collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century. Login is required to access, and it's not strictly free - however, if you're in the UK, entering your library card number will almost certainly get you in. Many libraries elsewhere in the world also have unrestricted access.
  • Project Gutenbergs' very large collection of free, public-domain Biographies

Information and library scienceEdit

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) [35] - from EBSCO Publishing, the bibliographic database covers librarianship, classification, and information management, and indexes nearly 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings


Science, mathematics, medicine & natureEdit

  • - practical "how-to" information (articles, videos, presentations, and courses) about conducting research - funding, research design, study management, dissemination, career advancement, and more.
  • E!Science News [37] - aggregated news source from major science outlets and universities


  • California Agriculture (web site) - peer-reviewed journal, reporting research, reviews and news from the University of California and its Agriculture and Natural Resources division

Biology and MedicineEdit




Technology & computer scienceEdit

Travel GuidesEdit

  • Travel Guides - Some of the best travel Guides on Internet. Especially The Forts and Trekking Guides are available here.

Social sciencesEdit




Geography, places and travelEdit



Political scienceEdit


Religious studiesEdit



  • Art UK, online gallery of art pieces curated by the UK government [63]
  • Internet Archive, an extensive collection of varied works of many different mediums[64]
  • MoMA, online gallery of art pieces curated by the Museum of Modern Art [65]




See alsoEdit