“The African Storybook initiative aims to address the shortage of contextually appropriate books for early reading in the languages of Africa. Our vision is for all young African children to have enough enjoyable books to read in a familiar language to practise their reading skills and learn to love reading.”
“We are dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media. AU Press will offer its imprint only to scholarship of the highest quality, as determined through peer review. ”
“BiblioBoard Open Access boasts a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content as well as high-quality Open Access content and Open Educational Resources. Featuring interesting digital exhibits and collections from a wide range of partners, BiblioBoard OA ensures global access to this content all with unlimited uses and no restrictions.”
“The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications meet academic standards.”
”HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.”
“LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.”
”Luminos is University of California Press’ Open Access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared.”
“Manybooks was established in 2004 with the vision to provide an extensive library of books in digital format for free on the Internet… Over a decade later, we are still going strong in our mission… Manybooks has grown into a platform where self-publishing authors have the opportunity to introduce their work to our community and new books are uploaded to our site daily – provided they comply to our quality standards.”
“More than 2,000 Open Access ebooks are now available at no cost to libraries or users. These titles are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Users won’t need to register or log in, and there are no DRM restrictions or limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing.”
“We are a Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. We publish monographs and textbooks in all areas, and offer the academic excellence of a traditional press, with the speed, convenience and accessibility of digital publishing. All our books are available to read for free online.”
“Open SI serves as SISP’s online portal for manuscript submission management and open access publication of SISP’s scholarly series and proceedings published after October 2013.”
“Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.”
“Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books and data. We operate a highly cost-efficient model that makes quality open access publishing affordable for everyone.”
“Unglue.it is a place for individuals and institutions to join together to make ebooks free to the world. We work together to support authors, publishers, or other rights holders who want their ebooks to be free. We support Creative Commons licensing as an enabling tool to “unglue” the ebooks.”
“At the University of Calgary Press we publish peer-reviewed scholarly books that connect local experience to the global community, helping to create a deeper understanding of human dynamics in a changing world. Through open access publishing, we make our authors’ research accessible to the widest possible audience.”
“UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs… UCL Press focuses its publishing activity on scholarly monographs, scholarly editions, textbooks, edited collections and journals.”
“Historically, scholarly information has flowed from North to South and from West to East. It has also been difficult for African researchers to access the work of other African academics. In partnership with hundreds of journals from all over the continent, AJOL works to change this, so that African-origin research output is available to Africans and to the rest of the world.”
“We believe in serving the needs of researchers so they are able to focus on making a difference through their research. We do so by publishing research open access, making it freely accessible to the broadest possible audience.”
“DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.”
“IOP Publishing provides a range of journals, ebooks, magazines, websites and services that enable researchers and research organisations to reach the widest possible audience for their research. We combine the culture of a learned society with global reach and highly efficient and effective publishing systems and processes.”
“Macrothink Institute is a private organization dedicated to scientific research and publication. Macrothink Institute publishes online scholarly journals that are open to readers.”
“MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an academic open-access publisher. MDPI publishes 160 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals.”
“NepJOL is a database of journals published in Nepal, covering the full range of academic disciplines. The objective of NepJOL is to give greater visibility to the participating journals, and to the research they convey.”
“Paperity is the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers, ‘gold’ and ‘hybrid.’ Paperity is the way towards more efficient scholarly communication in all research fields, from Sciences, Technology, Medicine, to Social Sciences, to Humanities and Arts.”
“PeerJ is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. It considers and publishes Research Articles in the Biological and Medical Sciences. It aims for rapid decision making and will publish articles as soon as they are ready.”
“The SpringerOpen portfolio has grown tremendously since its launch in 2010, so that we now offer researchers from all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences a place to publish open access in journals and books.”
Business and Economics
“EconPapers provides access to RePEc, the world’s largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software.”
“RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 93 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers.”
“PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. We monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. We also host the largest open access archive in philosophy.”
“Collabra: Psychology is our Open Access journal [University of California] in the field of Psychology.”
“A free preprint service for the psychological sciences maintained by The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science”
“PsychOpen is operated by the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information and publishes open-access content in the field of psychology on behalf of professional bodies, institutions and learned societies to foster the visibility of psychological research.”
“bioRxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”) is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution.”
A project of the Center for Open Science (https://cos.io/) that provides an open access archive for scholarly papers in engineering. Materials are available to read and link to but might not be available for reuse.
“Karger Publishers in Basel, Switzerland, is a globally active medical and scientific publishing company…The range of publications also includes 23 Open Access journals.”
“ScienceDirect is Elsevier’s leading information solution for researchers, teachers, students, health care professionals and information professionals. It combines authoritative, full-text scientific, technical and health publications with smart, intuitive functionality so that you can stay informed in your field, and can work more effectively and efficiently.”
“An alternative archive of 18,676 e-prints in Science and Mathematics serving the whole scientific community”
“Cogitatio is a publisher founded in 2014 with the aim of promoting open-access divulgation of scientific knowledge. We believe that open-source knowledge generates something more valuable, benefiting researchers, policy-makers and society in general.”
“A project of the Center for Open Science (https://cos.io/) that provides an open access archive for scholarly paper preprints in the social sciences. Materials are available to read and link to but might not be available for reuse.”
“SportRxiv is the first community led preprint server dedicated to sport and exercise related research. As an interdisciplinary area, SportRxiv accepts submissions from those working in all aspects of the disciplines of sport and exercise science (also known as kinesiology and movement science), sport and exercise studies, rehabilitation and therapy, through to theatre, dance, and performance studies.”
“We are a collaboration between WGBH and the Library of Congress with a long-term vision to preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to coordinate a national effort to save at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity.”
“With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, we are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.”
“C-SPAN is a public service created by the American Cable Television Industry”
“This platform debuted in May 2008 with Asia + Middle East’s first online festival, “East Speaks, Here” (May-December 2008) followed by sixteen festivals since then. cultureunplugged.com presents short length + feature length documentary / film content from independent film-makers and grassroot productions to a global audience… to spread awareness and promote the collective contemplation over global/local challenges.”
“The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors…EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions.”
“The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) is the first major digital video library of performance practices in the Americas… this growing repository guarantees historical preservation and free, online access to almost 900 hours of video… A trilingual Profile (English, Spanish and Portuguese) is created for each collection, contextualizing the videos with detailed production information, synopses, image galleries, texts, interviews, bibliographies and additional materials.”
“HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.”
“We provide online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH.”
“The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities.”
“Completely free stock videos. All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can edit or change the videos and use them free for personal and even for commercial projects.
“ScienceCinema highlights scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy. ScienceCinema allows users to search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files.”
“TSC is a resource for using video and pop culture to teach and learn sociology. We started as a database of annotated video clips, and have since expanded into other forms of media to engage students in teaching and learning. ”
“Overall at Top Documentary Films you can find thousands of stunning, eye-opening and interesting documentaries. Choose one that suits your interest through navigation system of TDF, watch it, and tell us how it was through comments.”
“VideoLectures.NET is an award-winning free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.”
“Videvo offers completely free stock video footage and motion graphics for use in any project.”
“Wi-Phi’s mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is entertaining, interesting and accessible to people with no background in the subject.”
“We do not only collect and embed videos provided by huge video-platforms like Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, but we also link to videos on university-websites and other institutions from everywhere. Thus you can search and access many sources from the (wlp)° platform to find the videos of your interest. It is our aim to provide video-lectures, -experiments, -courses, MOOC’s in every spoken language and so we invite you to add videos or to edit the video descriptions.”
“Cr103 is a library of free abstract backgrounds, textures and design ideas you can cut and paste them into your own work or use just for inspiration.”
“We are a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.”
”The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives.”
“The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.”
“The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids. This tool is designed to help researchers, scholars, and educators discover the variety of resources available across the Getty’s collections.” The URL is lengthy since it goes specifically to Getty’s “Open Content” filter.
“Most of the photos were taken by David Niblack. He found he enjoyed taking random photos. As an amateur photographer he knew he would not be able to sell his photos as serious stock photography. As a graphic designer he wished he had a site to go to for photos that he could use for designs without having to worry about infringing on copyrights. So he started posting his photos on his website.”
“The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.” The URL is lengthy since it goes specifically to the Met’s “Public Domain Artworks” filter.
“Morguefile is a free photo archive ‘for creatives, by creatives.’ Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work.”
“For the first time, MKG Collection Online makes the objects of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg publicly available on a digital platform…All images tagged with ”Public Domain” are free of rights and can be downloaded. These images can be used without restrictions for private, scientific, creative and commercial purposes.”
“NGA Images is 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 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use”
“Open-i service of the National Library of Medicine enables search and retrieval of abstracts and images (including charts, graphs, clinical images, etc.) from the open source literature, and biomedical image collections.”
“Picdrome.com is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain. All images are free to download for personal, educational and commercial use, without restriction.”
“Pics4Learning is a curated image library that is safe and free for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for classroom projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other projects in an educational setting.”
“All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.”
Rijks Museum is the national museum of the Netherlands. It contains Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. “Public domain images in Rijksstudio may be downloaded for free from the relevant page. These jpeg images are 4500 x 4500 pixels on average.”
“Discover images from libraries, archives, and museums around the world. Shared Shelf Commons is a free, open-access library of images. Search and browse collections with tools to zoom, print, export, and share images. Institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, a Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections, can share their images with the world via the Commons.”
“Founded as a humble Tumblr blog, Unsplash has grown into an industry-leading photography community…All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”
“High quality free photos in one place. We hunt for best free images from many online sources and pull them all together in one spot. Most of our photos are CC0 license (do whatever you want). Additionally we offer all Creative Commons and Public Domain photos from sources like Flickr and make it possible to embed them directly from our website.”
“Wellcome Images is a world-class collection relating to biomedical science and its history…From April 2017, we will no longer offer a commercial licensing service and Wellcome Images will be integrated into the broader Wellcome Collection library…From April 2017, images from our collection will be available under one of two Creative Commons licences – either free use for any purpose or free use for non-commercial purposes only.”
“British Library Sounds presents 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s collections of unique sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.”
“This is a community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses. You are free to download and sample from music on this site and share the results…. Some songs might have certain restrictions, depending on their specific licenses. Each submission is marked clearly with the license that applies to it.”
“The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.”
“Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps,… released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse… We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research and be integrated in third party applications.”
“Graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more – for free!”
“Our site hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation tools for nanoscale phenomena that run in the cloud and are accessible through a web browser. In addition to simulations, nanoHUB provides online presentations, cutting-edge nanoHUB-U short courses, animations, teaching materials, and more.”
“Oyez (pronounced oh-yay)….is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. It is a complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”
“Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations.”
“The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and supported by individual donors. TSP consists of in-house ‘TSP HQ’ articles, blogs, and podcasts; our ‘Community Pages’; and content produced by our partners.”
“Free Customizable Flashcards, Worksheets, and Diagrams”…in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
“WolframAlpha is a computational knowledge engine for computing answers and providing knowledge….it generates output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links.”
ARDA strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers.
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.
Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.
The Vault is our new FOIA Library, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies…Included here are many new FBI files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished; files from our previous FOIA Library, and new, previously unreleased files.
IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities.
Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you’d like a definition, we’ll quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define that word. If you don’t know the right word to use, we’ll help you find it.
A partnership of the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Libraries, Open Folklore is a scholarly resource devoted to increasing the number and variety of open access resources, published and unpublished, that are available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with whom folklore scholars partner.
Though it is often described as an online encyclopedia, Reference.com is actually an aggregator of reference (mostly online encyclopedias) materials operated by Ask Media Group.
Scholarpedia is a peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia written and maintained by scholarly experts from around the world. Scholarpedia is inspired by Wikipedia and aims to complement it by providing in-depth scholarly treatment of topics within the fields of mathematics and sciences including physical, biological, behavioral, and social sciences.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.
Symbols.com is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more.
“AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including: Working papers, Conference papers, and Journal articles”
“AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.”
“The Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) operates the DASH repository as an effort to provide the broadest possible access to Harvard’s scholarship.”
“The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations. tDAR’s use, development, and maintenance are governed by Digital Antiquity, an organization dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of irreplaceable archaeological data.”
“The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.” Maine institutions in DCN include: Bangor Public Library, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Jackson Laboratory, UMaine Orino, and UNE
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
“Our knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth – of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria – is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, …. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice. This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life.”
“The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources.”
“Explore 708,487 items digitized from The New York Public Library’s collections. This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.”
“Oyez, a free law project from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Chicago-Kent College of Law and Justia.com, is a multimedia archive devoted to making the Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone. It is a complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”
“The full-text server SSOAR, which is maintained at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, collects and archives literature of relevance to the social sciences and makes it available in open access in accordance with the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.”
“Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It’s more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organizations big and small.”
“The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world.”