Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Free resources

This is a starting point for collating free, web-based resources available to editors, as well as indexes to help point to sources. Please feel free to add new resources with a URL to the site, and a brief description. Don't worry too much about presentation or organization, this is just a draft. Add new headings as needed.

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African studies

  • East Africa @ UPenn
  • Africa Review


  • PubAg
  • Organic EPrints
  • Global Forest Information Service
  • FAO

American studies

Archival materials

  • ArchivesHub
  • National Archives (US)

Art history

  • Over 1,200 (and growing) books published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, up to c. 2009, fully available to download as PDFs (though content is still copyrighted) from the Thomas J. Watson Library at the MMA. Exhibition and collection catalogues, many very large and well-illustrated, and much else. Also useful for general history etc.
  • Oxford Art Online (select articles)

Asian studies

  • East Asian Library
  • Japanese History Documentation Project

Biology and zoology

Canadian studies


  • Toxnet
  • Chemistry Central
  • ChemIDplus


Data and statistics

  • UNData
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics
  • World Bank Data Catalog
  • United States Census Bureau
  • International Data Base
  • US Energy Information Agency

Earth and environmental studies

  • WorldWideEnergy
  • NCAR


  • National Bureau of Economics Research
  • FRED
  • The Economist
  • Index of Economic Freedom
  • International Monetary Fund


  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • ERIC
  • ERIC Digests
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics

European studies

  • Virtual Library Eastern Europe
  • Gallica


  • BBC Country Profiles
  • Countries of the World
  • Historical Maps
  • Library of Congress Country Studies
  • CIA World Factbook
  • CIA World DataBank II
  • BBC News: Country Profiles
  • ELDIS: Country and Regional Profiles
  • Wikipedia:Geographic_references

Government and politics


Languages and linguistics

  • Ask a Linguist
  • A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism, and Philology


Library and Information Science

  • Librarian's News Wire : [9]
  • Librarian and Information Science News: [10]


  • Gale's Literary Index - database of Gale entries on literature and authors, as well as bibliographies:
  • Project Gutenberg



  • Free Medical Journals - index of 3,630 free medical journals:
  • MedlinePlus
  • PubMed - index of over 22 million items in the biomedical field:
  • Merck Manual
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • BioMed Central
  • DrugBank
  • Drug Information Portal
  • CDC
  • Global Health Observatory (GHO) (web site)


  • The ezFolk Public Domain Music Library
  • Mutopia
  • The Choral Public Domain Library
  • The Werner Icking Music Archive
  • Oxford Music Online (select articles)


  • Google News
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from October 26, 1841, to December 31, 1902; approximately 147,000 pages.
  • Chronicling America – Digitization project of the U.S. Library of Congress; a smorgasbord of American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922; approximately 5,200,000 pages.
  • Old Fulton NY Post Cards – A private digitization project; contains over 21,000,000 old New York State historical newspaper pages.
  • Northern New York Library Network, overlapping some of Old Fulton's content but smaller (about 2,000,000 pages) and providing a different search interface.
  • Papers Past – Digitization project of the National Library of New Zealand; over 2,000,000 New Zealand newspaper pages.
  • Trove – Digitization project of the National Library of Australia; over 5,000,000 Australian newspaper pages.
  • Elephind – text searchable free database of approximately 2,700 newspapers.
  • The European Library – text searchable free database of approximately 3.3 million European newspaper pages; a project funded under the European Commission's CIP 2007 – 2013 programme.

Physics and astronomy


  • Classics in the History of Psychology

Religion and philosophy

  • Internet Sacred Text Archive
  • King James Bible (Authorized Version) (1611)
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library
  • The Basic Texts of Hinduism and Veda
  • Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Hindu Philosophy
  • The Jewish Encyclopedia
  • Three parallel texts of the Qur'an
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy [16]
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (web site)
  • The British Library's complete collection of sacred texts

Sciences (general)

  • PLoS
  • National Academies Press

Social sciences (general)

  • SSRN


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