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Open Access refers to resources that are available for viewing or use free of charge. Open Access is not identical with Public Domain, and the copyright of Open Access is mostly retained by the creators.
Open Access resources are excellent materials to supplement other online library materials. Many scholarly and peer-reviewed journals have opened their previous issues as open access, and some journals have converted to open access for all issues partially or entirely.
While most of the Open Access resources are still under copyright by their creators, academic or educational use is generally allowed without permission. For educators, open-access materials can usually be linked from an online syllabus or reading list, even when copying is not permitted. However, it is recommended to make sure to check the copyright or permissions statement before use at all times.
A digital library that provides free electronic Christian classic books.
A directory that provides a wide range of academic open access books.
Multilingual online library offering free access to full-text articles, journals, books and other resources on theology, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in World Christianity.
Millions of books can be previewed. But to find free full-text Google books, click “Tools”, and then choose “Any books” and “Free Google eBooks”.
A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Humanities full text resources collected by University of Michigan.
A non-profit digital library that offers free books, movies, software, music, and webpages.
A library of religious texts from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Open-licensed science and engineering textbooks.
More than 8,500 titles in PDF format that can be downloaded for free by chapter or entire book. The books are on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, education, and medicine.
A list of links to full or partial text of digitized books relevant to the New Testament study (Tyndale Seminary website).
A list of links to full or partial text of digitized books relevant to the Old Testament study (Tyndale Seminary website).
Listing of over 2 million free books on the Web.
Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
Books and journals that can be read for free online and downloaded. Paper copies may also be purchased at an affordable price.
1,000,000 classic ebooks that can be read online, downloaded, or sent to your electronic device.
Monographs, technical studies and analyses, collection catalogs, exhibition catalogs, and proceedings published by the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Peer-reviewed textbooks that cover the topics of math, science, social sciences, humanities.
Peer-reviewed, openly-licensed textbooks for undergraduate students.
Provides Oxford open access titles. Readers can view or download the books.
Over 57,000 free ebooks to read on a PC, iPad, Kindle, iPhone, or other portable devices.
A digital library of 110,000 resources on theology and religion.
About 200 books selectively organized for the study of religion by the Wabash Center.
CORE (Connecting Repositories) aggregates all open access research papers from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public.
Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work from hundreds of universities and colleges.
A community-curated online directory that provides access to peer-reviewed open access journals.
A search portal for economics and business studies published in multiple languages from global sources. Refine the search “open access” only.
Online digital library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education.
Online digital library of journals, books, and other materials relating to theology, interreligious dialogue, ethics, and ecumenism in World Christianity.
Gateway to the world culture, history and heritage as well as a multimedia and multilingual world digital library.
Google Scholar enables to search scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, theses, abstracts, books, and more.
The largest archive of free full-text science articles.
Content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public. To access the free content, click on the Advanced Search and make sure to select “content I can access” box.
Contains over 30 million records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide.
List of open access music journals prepared by University of Michigan library.
Peer-reviewed, internationally-supported journal platform for the humanities.
Provides fully open access journals.
A portal to USDA-authored and other relevant agricultural research, which delivers more than 42,000 full-text journal articles on the agricultural sciences, in addition to over 1,760,000 citations.
Founded by the Society of Biblical Literature, it presents reviews of books in biblical studies and related fields.
Peer-reviewed, “Gold” open access journal from SAGE that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format.
A collection of open access journals that cover business & management, math, science, engineering, and education.
A collection of open access journals from multiple disciplines.
Contains authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines.
Provides access to full text of over 760,000 dissertations from over 600 universities in 28 countries.
Provides access to recent Duke dissertations and theses as well as access to university records and other related digital content.
Open dissertation and theses provided by the collaboration between EBSCO and BiblioLabs.
Electronic dissertations and theses of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Access to dissertations produced by participating higher education institutions in UK. Registration is required for access.
Dissertations and theses produced at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Over 5 million copies of electronic theses and dissertations in different disciplines worldwide.
OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes over 1.6 million theses and dissertations.
Publicly accessible University of Pennsylvania dissertations.
Full-text dissertations and theses free of charge.
NOTE: Many of these images are subject to copyright restrictions. You can view freely, but must seek proper permissions when using images in your research.
Collection of primary source documentation on American visual arts.
Provides images by biblical theme, scriptural text, or lectionary date.
Designed for scholars, students, pastors, and religious educators. Images may be used for educational or non-profit purposes.
These digitized images include scans of text, art, and mp4 video files curated by the American Theological Library Association.
Provides images by biblical subject, biblical text, artist, or keyword search.
A list of image resources with zero or few copyright restrictions that contain images on a broad array of topics: art, architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, fashion, decorative arts, cities, maps, engineering, history, religion, medicine, natural sciences, and more.
All-digital library that brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
A faculty-library initiative at Yale Divinity School that provides digital resources for teaching and research in the field of Biblical studies.
Includes artists’ sketchbooks, drawings and watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century,19th century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks, and early photographs of the Middle East and Asia.
Archive of medieval art, describing and presenting iconographic subjects and images, without geographical limitation, from early apostolic times to the early modern era.
Contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive (1750s to today).
A repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. More than 51,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.
A Library of images from libraries, archives, and museums around the world with the tools to zoom, print, export, and share images.
Over 14.0 million records of museum objects, archives and library materials including more than 3.0 million online images, audio & videos and blog posts.
Provides organizational, ministry-related and seasonal graphics/illustrations for use by church organizations.
132,328 works, 433,982 scores, 50,663 recordings, 16,322 composers, and 476 performers.
Digitized public domain media periodicals and online access to the histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound.
Database includes over 180,000 movies from 1890-1969.
Central portal for music and musicology that gives access to an extensive digital library containing the latest scholarly research and online resources.
Primary source and archival materials covering topics such as art and architecture, performing arts, technology and applied sciences in American history.
Includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.
A comprehensive public reference library containing a searchable database of literature, reference, and verse.
Free online Bible encyclopedia created by the Society of Biblical Literature featuring photographs, artworks, videos, essays, maps, timelines, interactive games, multiple texts of the Bible, and the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.
Gateway to California’s remarkable digital collections. Provides free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. Includes 925,000 photographs, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings, and more.
DPLA brings together digitized materials from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Links to the full text of writers from the first two centuries of the Christian Church.
Collection of Jewish documents from antiquity with translations, introductions, and links.
Digital collection of public domain texts selected as valuable for teaching and research related to ancient Near Eastern studies.
Digital collection of 50 millions of items from more than 3,500 European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections.
Presents a comprehensive collection of books derived from the Gifford Lectures.
Digital repository and research management tool for the United States’ great research libraries.
The subject guide created by Bowling Green University provides links to publicly accessible digitized historical newspaper in the United States.
Contains records of digital resources from open-archive collections worldwide.
Database of digital books related to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era.
Primary and secondary texts of Greco-Roman classics and the English Renaissance. It also includes images of vases, sculptures, buildings and art and archaeological works.
Collections of books, images, texts, audio and films “with a focus on the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful.”
Online encyclopedia of philosophical concepts and philosophers written by leading scholars in the field.
A digital library of primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.
A wide variety of links from the Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion. Ranges to classic primary texts available online ranging from classical philosophy to early church literature.
Data from the US Decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and more.
An essential access point to quantitative data sets on religion. Users can view reports, maps, and charts, or download raw data files. The greatest strength of the ARDA is its collections of data on religion in the United States.
Data and other facts countries including current economic statistics and indicators by country including population, GDP, and birth and death rates.
FDsys (Federal Digital System) provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.
Public opinion polling, demographic research, and other social science research.
Provides thousands of free US geologic maps.
Databases, tables, and glossaries that cover a wide range of economic and socio-demographic topics including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.
Free and open access to global development data.
Search engine that allows you to search across many English and non-English language translations of the Bible.
Includes a selection of bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, parallel & interlinear bibles.
Index to an archive of music for free use with hymns, including sheet music, MIDI files, and background information.
A free Bible study tool. It is a leaner version of a Bibleworks or Accordance and features many free texts and reference sources for close study of the Bible.
A search engine that aggregates ancient papyrological documents and related materials.
Free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations.
A portal showcasing outstanding published works authored by thousands of undergraduate students. The portal was built to provide greater visibility to the exemplary student works that universities and colleges are publishing.
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