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Selected Web-based (Free) Databases

All databases listed on this page are publically accessible— that is, you do not have to log-on through EZProxy or be a UTPB student to access these databases. More than half of the databases are U.S. Federal or State government documents; US Federal databases are indicated by a US flag US flag

See also Some Selected E-Text Archives  mostly public domain full-text of long documents / books; all publically accessible.

Title Description
USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state, and local government web resources and services; formerly FirstGov;
FDsys: Federal Digital System  US flag blue star now in beta, this is the new content management system which will be replacing GPO Access sometime in 2011
American Fact Finder  US flag American Fact Finder is Published by the US Bureau of the Census, a good source for population, housing, economic and geographic data
American Leaders Database—20th Century Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative
American Rhetoric.com a .com site with many advertisements on its pages; but it does provide text, audio and video files access to what it has defined as the Top 100 significant American political speeches of the 21th century. It also provides a database of and index to 5,000 full-text, audio, and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events.
Anthropological Index Online published by the Royal Anthropological Institute and based on the journal holdings of the Anthropology Library at the British Museum; more than 780 journals are currently received and indexed.
ARC : US National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) Catalog US flag Online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings, including regional archives and Presidential Libraries.
Background Notes  US flag Published by the US Department of State; these publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.
Bibliography of the History of Art
International Bibliography of Art
Getty Research Institute; due to the plunge in revenue and budget since 2008, the Getty is no longer able to support the massive effort to keep this database both current and comprehensive; thus in April 2010 The Getty and its trustees elected to stop the production of the database but to make the complete backfile available to the public for free. The database indexed approximately 1,200 journals from 1975-December 2007.
BioMed Central an excellent open access site, with 206 peer-reviewed journals mostly covering medicine and biology; journal articles are immediately and permanently available online without charge.
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation : U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875  US flag Library of Congress; includes the Journals of the Continental Congress, Debates of Congress, Maclay's Journal, Elliot's Debates, Statutes at Large, American State Papers, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, and other documents.
Code of Federal Regulations  US flag The codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government
Company Search : 10-K's and Other Reports from the SEC US flag Search the EDGAR database for 10-K's and other company financial reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission
Congressional Research Service Reports US flag Provides searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different web sites since 1990; now gathered together and searchable on a single server provided and supported by the University of North Texas
English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) : British Library Integrated Catalogue Although the web site opens on an Integrated Catalogue page searching defaults to the ESTC. The ESTC lists over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800, mainly in Britain and North America (primarily, but not exclusively in English) from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.
Entrez Cross-Database Search Engine for the Life Sciences US flag A database search engine used to search across databases published by the National Library of Medicine, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the National Institutes of Health.
Eurostat Choice logo  a statistical unit of the European Union whose mission is to provide a ... high quality statistical information service.
The Federal Register  US flag The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
FedFlix Choice logo  a resource with a wide variety of formats; a joint venture between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org; this site features more than 3,300 films created by the US government over the past 70 years on a range of topics, from the space program to World War II to the war on drugs.
FindLaw Provides links to legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, corporate counsel, law students, businesses and consumers; note that this is a .com site
GreyNet International, Grey Literature Network Service Founded in 1992 and dedicated to Research, Publication, Open Access, and Education in the field of Grey Literature....It identifies and distributes a variety of documents of grey literature... Easily navigated and up-to-date, it represents the most comprehensive and authoritative source about grey literature on the Web.
GreenFILE a free resource from EBSCO focused on the relationship between human beings and the environment. More than 600 scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. Total number of records is approximately 295,000 with 4,600 full-text files from open access titles; also included is a 6,800 term thesaurus.
Handbook of Latin American Studies : HLAS  US flag Provided by the Library of Congress; a bibliography of Latin America consisting of works, including books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers selected and annotated by scholars
Handbook of Texas Online The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.
Index of Civil War Information on the Internet Provides an extensive list of over 7,000 links to primary sources, indexes, databases and other information regarding the Civil War. It also stress the need to evaluate internet resources by prominently display a link to Evaluating Internet Research Sources   one of the best evaluation sites on the web.
Index to Texas Magazines and Documents A searchable index that covers publications in business, education, history, and government, as well as general-interest magazines specific to Texas.
Languages Created by the BBC, multi-media language resources for 14 languages. Includes online courses, self tests, grammar tips and vocabulary lists.
Lesson Plans Page Provides over 3,500 free sample lesson plans; however this is a .com site and as such offers many items that are NOT free, so be careful where you click.
The Library of Congress : American Memory  US flag Provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Making of America 1840-1900 (Cornell University Library) A digital library of primary sources in American social history, from 1840 through 1900. Provides access to 267 monographs (books) and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Making of America 1850-1877 (University of Michigan) A digital library of primary sources in American social history, from 1850 through 1877, that provides approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles from 19th century imprints.
Medline via PubMed  US flag PubMed comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publishers web sites.
MedWatch:   US flag The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
Mundus: Gateway to Missionary Collections in the United Kingdom A web-based guide to the more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom. The search function allows searching by Browse, Freetext, Subject, Personal name, Organization, Place name and Maps.
National Archives of England, Wales and the UK The official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites.
National Center for Health Workforce analysis Reports US flag Includes state health workforce profiles, the Health Workforce Personnel Factbook, findings from the National Survey of Registered Nurses, and many other full-text reports from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
NCJRS: National Criminal Justice Reference Service  US flag Administered by the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice Offers extensive reference and referral services to help find answers to questions about crime and justice-related research, policy, and practice.
The Portal to Texas History Features primary sources such as digital reproductions of photographs, maps, letters, documents, books, artifacts, and more
PubChem US flag Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules
Secession Era Editorials Project A project which aims to have at least one complete run of full-text editorials from each major political party in each state of the Union.
Stanford Health Library This well-organized Web site of the Stanford Health Library, a 21 year-old, five-branch community outreach project of Stanford Hospital and Clinics, offers access to a panoply of credible, consumer-oriented resources.
State Criminal Codes and Statutes Criminal codes and statutes arranged by state
Statistical Abstracts of the United States  US flag An authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social political, and economic organization of the United States under the auspices of the US Bureau of Census.
TARO : Texas Archival Resources Online Searchable database of archival collections at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, SMU, the Houston Public Library, Texas Tech, the Texas State Library and Archives, University of Houston, and Rice University.
TERMIUM Plus Choice logo  Buried within the hierarchy of the Canadian government's complex Web site is this trove of linguistic information--a searchable database of terms with English, French, and Spanish equivalents.
Texas Legislature Online A searchable database of Texas legislation.
Texas State Library Archives & Manuscripts Includes archival government records dating back to the 18th century, as well as newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photographs, historical maps, and other historical resources.
Thomas : Legislative Information on the Internet US flag A Library of Congress portal focused on government information including bills and resolutions, treaties, activity in Congress, Congressional Record, and other information
ThomasNet formerly Thomas Register A directory of worldwide industrial product information form over 700,000 suppliers.
United States Courts US flag Choice logo  Considered by many to be one of the most valuable legal sources available, the US Federal Judiciary's Web site features new enhancements that have made a great resource even better. This site is one of the primary sources of information regarding the structure, function, and operations of the federal court system.
United States Government Manual  US flag Provides comprehensive information on agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, as well as information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.
US Environmental Protection Agency US flag Choice logo   
United States Patent and Trademark Office : Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases US flag Search the full-text of US patents issued since 1976 and view full-page images of patents issued since 1790; search the full-text of patent applications published since March 2001.
VoS: Voice of the Shuttle  CHOICE Outstanding web site  a US subject directory similar to the UK-based intute; but focused exclusively on the humanities and social sciences; major topics include art history, cyberculture, literatures and languages, media studies, music, and so on.
The Why Files  Choice logo  In existence since 1996 and supported by the University of Wisconsin-Madison; this award-winning site is informative, educational and entertaining Web site with the purpose of looking at the science behind the headlines.
The World Bank Open Data Choice logo  A new initiative from the World Bank, this database provides links and access to the bank's vast collection of economic, social, population, and development data with no restrictions and at no cost.
Page Updated: 28 June 2016 Page Created: 9 July 2010

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