♥ Best of the Web ♥


Advertising Collection: Duke Libraries Digital Collections
Includes several collections such as Ad*Access (covering product categories such as Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda – dated between 1911 and 1955) and AdViews (thousands of television commercials dated 1950s – 1980s) plus several more stellar collections.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to help them improve care for patients.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resource providing access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting
A collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston “to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years.” Both audio and video from around the country are archived and searchable, with more than 17,000 clips. Curated collections on special topics include the First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, and the right to protest.

American FactFinder
US Census Bureau resource for population, housing, economic and geographic information.

American Indian Film Gallery
Historical motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the American Indian experience. The site organizes titles by tribes, linking to films for more than 100 tribes.

Annenberg Learner
Provides access to many educational video programs including series on art, literature, math, science & history among others.

The Archive of American Television
800 oral history interviews (over 4000 hours) with the legends of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV History as it evolves. These television history interviews can be browsed by person, show, topic or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.

Archives of American Art (The Smithsonian Institution)
A “resource center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America”.

Archive-It: Web Archiving Collections

The Aria Database
Collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Includes sound files and translations.

The Art Project
Powered by Google, this project currently links to thousands of works of art at many major museums around the world.

A full-­text search “and intelligence engine” for podcasts. Participating podcasts are loaded into the searchable database, allowing rich and deep keyword searching. Users can filter content by show, network, category, people, or topic and share clips on social media. The organization recently partnered with the Digital Public Library of America.


BioMed Central
OA academic journals in health sciences.

British Film Institute National Archive
Collects and preserves British film, TV, newsreels, educational and training films.

British Library Sounds
An extensive 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. From the British Library.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Includes access to databases, articles, and journals on all areas of transportation.


Cancer Statistics Center
A comprehensive interactive resource for learning about cancer in the US. Produced by the American Cancer Society, the website provides detailed statistics on a range of topics.

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Keep informed and updated on the impact of federal and state budget policies on low- and moderate-income citizens. Non-partisan.

Civil Rights Digital Library
Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

C-SPAN Video Library
Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by subject, speaker names, titles, policy groups, keywords, and location.

A government database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.


The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein
An open-access site for the ongoing publication of Einstein’s massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents.

Legislative Information from the Library of Congress. Full-text federal legislation, committee reports, bill summaries & text, status, Congressional Record, roll call votes, House & Senate Calendars, Committee reports, and more.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
CRS is the public policy research arm of Congress. This legislative branch agency works exclusively for Members of Congress, their committees and their staff. This collection includes CRS reports from the mid-1970’s through the present–covering a variety of topics from agriculture to foreign policy to welfare.

“The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search & Compare”. A resource for learning about and comparing the constitutions of most countries of the world.

Court Listener
Contains daily information regarding all opinions issued by the 13 federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
This searchable database features all types of recordings made from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including popular songs, vaudeville acts, classical and operatic music, comedic monologues, ethnic and foreign recordings, speeches and readings.


Database of Learning Assessments (UNESCO)
A data source to provide standardised information on public examinations and national learning assessments conducted around the world.

DailyMed – Health
Provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).

Department of Energy OpenNet System
Provides easy, timely access to hundreds of thousands of bibliographic references and recently declassified documents including the Manhattan Poject.

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD)
Information about ingredients in more than two thousand selected brands of dietary supplements. From the National Institutes of Health.

Digital Collections – U.S. National Library of Medicine
Contains research material dealing with subjects such as “Medicine in the Americas, 1610–1920,” and more contemporary topics such as HIV/AIDS, birth control, and drug use. Includes an extensive range of miscellaneous NLM publications and productions.


Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States
An online database providing state and territory policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials in K12 education.


Digital Transgender Archive
The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.

Drug Industry Documents
“An archive of documents created by major pharmaceutical companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales and scientific research, hosted by the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. “

Drug Information Portal
Gateway to current and accurate drug information from National Library of Medicine.

EEncyclopedia of Earth
An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.

Encyclopedia of Life
Information and pictures of all species known to science, plant and animal.

Entrepreneurship Corner
Stanford University “e-corner” video library. Offers 3000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

Emblematica Online
Draws from the most important collections of emblematica worldwide.Emblems are concise yet potent combinations of texts and images that invite, and require, decoding. In a concise format, they reveal the mentalities and attitudes of the period from c. 1500-1800 in an assemblage of texts and images.

EM-DAT: The International Disaster Database
Core data on the occurrence and effects of over 18,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, NGO’s, and is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness.

This 1962 publication positioned itself as a quarterly magazine on love and sex in America. It’s editor was indicted for distributing obscene literature through the mail and violating federal anti-obscenity laws by Robert F. Kennedy.

Every CRS Report
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a division of the Library of Congress, is Congress’s think tank, researching and compiling nonpartisan reports on a governmental issues. This site, with bi­partisan support, make these reports available to the public. Updated regularly.

Evidence Based Living Blog
From Cornell University covers many issues that students may have to investigate and for which there is a good amount of noise, controversy, and conflicting data. This is an excellent and fair minded place to go to try to get some unbiased, evidence-based analysis to help find the facts and assess the truth. Consider this site if you are researching a contentious or timely subject and want to get reliable guidance on weighing the available evidence.

Environmental Health and Toxicology
National Library of Medicine Portal provides a starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. If you are not sure which resource to use, try this Decision Guide to help select the right resource.

FFashion Photography Archive. Bloomsbury.
A fully searchable and indexed resource that CONTAINS over 750,000 runway, backstage, and street style images when complete. Hundreds of articles as well as audio and video resources provide context and analysis from scholars and commentators. It covers international runway shows from the 1970s until 2000, including key designers such as McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, and Galliano.


FBI Records – The Vault
Thousands of declassified FBI documents over many decades.



Federal Digital System (FDsys), via GPO
America’s Authentic Government Information. You can search with the above link or browse the collection including Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Bills, Public Papers of the Presidents, and much more. Learn more at FDsys Tutorials.


FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data
An online database consisting of more than 381,000 economic data time series from 81 national, international, public, and private sources.

FedWorld (Supreme Court Decisions)
Search and View Full Text of Supreme Court Decisions Issued between 1937 and 1975.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.
Full-length episodes of Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs show in television history with a single host, William F. Buckley, Jr. From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day.

Provides streaming access to a large collection of documentary films about American folk, or roots, cultures. Includes essays about the traditions and filmmakers, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Browse by subject, region and more.

Follow the Money
Revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.

Food and Agriculture Organization statistical database (FAOSTAT)
Contains over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in: production, trade, food-balance sheets, food aid shipments, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, agricultural machinery, population, and more. From the United Nations.

Forced Migration Online (FMO)
**Website no longer maintained ** FMO provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide previous to 2010.  FMO aims to give comprehensive information in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users.

Founders Online
“Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States:
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 174,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.”

Freedom in the 50 States (Cato Institute)
Presents a completely revised and updated ranking of the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms. This online companion to the print books offers essential reference for anyone interested in state policy and in advancing a better understanding of a free society.


Genetics Home Reference
Provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Global Database on the Right To Education (UNESCO)
Contains documents, constitutions, laws, decrees as well as educational programs and plans. Search options include selecting a country region, or language.

Global Middle Ages
See the world whole, c. 500 to 1500 CE, read the stories of lives, objects, and actions in dynamic relationship that change across deep time.

Global Stat
From the European University Institute, this database compiles publicly available data from over 100 sources, offering statistical information on globalization, sustainability, and human development. Users can search on a range of topics including income distribution, energy consumption, water resources, dwellings, migration, land use, food production, nutrition, school enrollment, and life expectancy and create data visualizations.

Complimentary research database draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Abstracts

Greens Dictionary of Slang
A remarkable collection of this often reviled but endlessly fascinating area of the English language, it covers slang from the past five centuries right up to the present day, from all the different English-speaking countries and regions. Totaling 10.3 million words and over 53,000 entries, the collection provides the definitions of 100,000 words and over 413,000 citations. Every word and phrase is authenticated by genuine and fully-referenced citations of its use, giving the work a level of authority and scholarship unmatched by any other publication in this field.

Grey Literature
Grey literature publications are non-conventional and sometimes ephemeral publications. They may include: reports, theses, conference proceedings, technical specifications and standard, non-commercial translations, bibliographies, technical and commercial documents, and official documents not published commercially and government reports.

OpenGrey covers Science, Technology, Biomedical Science, Economics, Social Science and Humanities in Europe.

Grey Literature Report in Public Health

 GreyNet International

Working Papers and Technical Reports in Business, Economics and Law: This compilation was created and is maintained by the United States Library of Congress’ Business Reference Services.

HHall of Justice
A robust, searchable inventory of publicly available criminal justice datasets and research, a project of the Sunlight Foundation.

Harvard Open Collections Program
Offers new, virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from numerous Harvard repositories and focuses on historical materials that are often unique.

Haz-Map: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents
An occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Includes Glossary.

Health IT Best Practices (AHRQ)
Portal from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). Develops and disseminates evidence to inform policy and practice on how health information technology can improve the quality of health care.

History of Mass Tourism
The History of Mass Tourism provides insight into 19th- and 20th-century leisure travel and the growth of tourism for the masses between c.1850–1980s. Covering travel to all the continents, the resource provides the average traveler with a broad overview of the destinations with focus on the United States, Britain, and Europe.

The Holocaust
This resource provides in depth information about the Holocaust and includes various holocaust-era documentation (letters and diaries) provided in English. Repository for a collection of testimonies from Holocaust survivors.  Includes a database of Shoah victims search by name, geography, or chronology.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)
A collection of documents (81,000+) related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Household Products Database
“What’s under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what’s in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling”. Search or browse by Product Names, Types of Products, Manufacturers, or Ingredients.


IDEAS: Economic & Financial Research
Bibliographic database dedicated to Economics, hundreds of thousands of items of research can be browsed, searched, or downloaded in full text. This site is part of a large volunteer effort to enhance the free dissemination of research in economics. Hosted by the the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Organized around 13 defining migrations is presented with extensive material.

International Monetary Fund Videos
Provides more than 1,000 short-form videos, generally under 5 minutes, produced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Categories include: Countries and Regions, Economic Outlook, Speeches and Interviews, Topics and Issues, among others.


Khan Academy
Free learning on subjects such as Math, Science, Art, Econ, Comp Sci and more.

King Institute Encyclopedia
Provides access to the sermons, speeches, correspondence, writings, and other source material of and about Dr. Martin Luther King.


Learners TV
Education video lectures (streaming and downloadable)  in many academic fields.

Legal Information Institute (LII)
From the Cornell Law School, LII publishes law online, for free and creates materials that help people understand law.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
View maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films.

  • WebcomicsWebcomics selected for this collection include award-winning comics (Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, Eagle Awards, and Shuster Awards) as well as webcomics that have significance in the field due to longevity, reputation, and subject matter. This collection includes work by artists and subjects not traditionally represented in mainstream comics, including women artists and characters, artists and characters of color, LGBTQ+ artists and characters, as well as subjects such as politics, health and human sexuality, and autobiography.
  • Sigmund Freud Papers
    Documents Freud’s founding of psychoanalysis, the maturation of psychoanalytic theory, the refinement of its clinical technique, and the proliferation of its adherents and critics. Many facets of Freud’s life and work are reflected, including his early medical and clinical training; his relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients; his association with early psychoanalytic societies; his perspectives on analytical training; and his numerous writings.


LOC: American Memory
American Memory is a gateway to vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Organized into 39 thematic collections including:

Little Sis
A free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations that wants to “bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions.”


Map of White Supremacy mob violence, 1835 – 1964
Interactive, documented thouroughly. In the century after the Civil War, as many as 5000 people of color were executed—not by courts, but by mobs on the street who believed the cause of white supremacy.

MedPix (NLM)
A free online Medical Image Database with over 53,000 indexed and curated images, from over 13,000 patients. Integrating images and textual information, the content material is organized by disease location (organ system), pathology category, patient profiles, and by image classification and caption.

The Mike Wallace Interview
Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Each program includes a text transcript. Available interviewees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali among other notables of the time.

The MLA Style Center (Modern Language Association)
Writing resources from the Modern Language Association, including curricular supports on plagiarism, information on MLA style, sample papers, and research tips.

The Modernist Journals Project
A major resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. Brown and Tulsa Universities.

Moving Image Archive (Internet Archive)
The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by Archive users, and ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. The Archive also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of ephemeral films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) in existence.


National Agricultural Library
From the USDA, contains collections on: food and nutrition; natural resources and environment; biology, earth sciences; economics and business; health sciences and herbal medicine; and technology.

National Center for Health Statistics
The U.S.’s principal health statistics agency. Included compiled statistics to guide actions and policies to improve health. NCHS publications provide detailed statistics on births, morbidity, mortality, health status indicators for populations, and more.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Produced by the U.S. Department of Justice as an information clearinghouse for research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice, and drug control. Includes summaries of federal, state, and local government reports, books, research, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research.

National Jukebox: Historical Recording from the Library of Congress
The Jukebox is an amazing project that makes over 10,000 historic sound recordings from 1901 to 1925 available online. These recordings, which span genres from opera to whistling (its own category) to novelty songs to speeches and everything in between, are fantastic examples of what is possible when you combine rich historical archives and the internet.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Park Service Electronic Library
A portal to thousands of electronic publications and videos, covering the history of the National Park Service and the cultural and natural history of the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the U.S. National Park System.

Native Voices (NLM)
“Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness.”

From the EPA, “this tool  facilitates the environmental review process and project planning in relation to environmental considerations. The web-based application draws environmental data dynamically from EPA’s Geographic Information System databases and web services and provides immediate screening of environmental assessment indicators for a user-defined area of interest.”

News on Screen
From the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), find out what made the news in the 20th century. This database contains 180,000 british cinemagazine & newsreel stories (1910-1983) linked to production documents & films.


Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) iLibrary
Features books,  papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data


Office of Research on Women’s Health
NIH, provides information and access to health / medical information resources on sex and gender differences, basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources.

Official Records Databases – States
“This is a listing of databases of records, mostly official, kept by states and their political subdivisions that provide historical information on individuals. Some of the types of information you’ll find here include birth and death records, war pensions, cemetery markers, etc.”


The Open Commons of Phenomenology
Provide free access to the full corpus of phenomenology relevant materials or research of quality related to phenomenology. “Phenomenology” itself is defined here broadly and inclusively as any work in philosophy or in other human sciences clearly connected with the ideas of  the “canonical phenomenologists”.


Open Government Resource Manual (Washington State)
The Attorney General’s Open Government Resource Manual describes Washington’s open government laws as of the last update in 2016.  The manual was previously updated in 2015.  Readers should be aware that court decisions issued or statutes enacted after the last revised date of the manual or a particular chapter may impact the law as summarized here.

Open Knowledge Repository – Econ
Contains thousands of research works from the World Bank.

Open Parks Network
More than 20 national parks and other protected sites are represented in these diverse collections, as well as 2 state park systems and 3 university libraries. The Open Parks Network provides public access to high-resolution, downloadable files.

Center for Responsive Politics. A nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Includes resources for campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias (OREs). Oxford Univ.
The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by scholars and researchers addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. The Oxford Research Encyclopedias will be a constantly growing and evolving reference source.

Oyez Project
From the IIT Chicago-Kent Collage of Law, a multimedia archive of the Supreme Court of the United States. It is a complete and authoritative source for all of the Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.


Paperity is the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers, “gold” and “hybrid”.

Partners in Public Health
A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.

Patient Safety Network (PSNet)
AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) is a national web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety.

PBS: American Experience
View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series. The series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.

PBS: Learning Media
Provides educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. This collection contains more that than 114,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.

Provides access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning.

PBS: POV Films
“Documentaries with a point of view.”

Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Explore music, theater, and dance at the Library of Congress. The PAE provides information about the Library’s unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials.

Pentagon Papers: Vietnam War
“Forty years after they were first leaked, the Pentagon Papers were finally declassified and publicly released on Monday. All 7,000 pages of the famed, highly critical report examining two decades of U.S. involvement in Vietnam were published, unredacted, by the National Archives and Records Administration, ending a saga that was a watershed development in an unpopular war and an important case on First Amendment rights.”

Perseus Digital Library Project
Classical Greek and Roman materials, including including primary and secondary texts, site plans, digital images, and maps. Also provides materials from the English Renaissance, the history of science, early California history, the Chesapeake Bay area, and the U.S. Midwest. A digital library project of Tufts University.


PLANTS Database (USDA)
Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.


Policy Archive
A comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 30,000 documents.


POPLINE by K4Health

Comprehensive collection of population, family planning and related reproductive health and development literature.

Includes information on population and family planning, specifically research in contraceptive methods, family planning services, research in human fertility, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS in developing countries, program operations and evaluation, demography, and other related health, law, and policy issues


Online source for pro/con information on controversial social issues.

Project Gutenberg 
“Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.”

“PubAg is a portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research. At launch, it delivers over 42,140 full-text journal articles by USDA staff and includes nearly 1,088,572 citations.”

PLoL: Public Library of Law
Brings together a virtual library of case law, regulatory and other legal information in one database. Includes statutes, constitutions and court rules for all 50 states.

Online source for pro/con information on controversial social issues.


Peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. NASA advances the Nation’s space exploration, technology development, and scientific research endeavors, providing a scientific infrastructure.

PubMed Health
A special focus on comparative effectiveness research. In particular that research which evaluates the available evidence of the benefits and harms of different treatment options for different groups of people. In Comparative Effectiveness Research, experts often synthesize the evidence from dozens, or even hundreds, of individual studies.

PubMed Special Queries
From the NLM, provides a search interface for doing specific types of queries such as: clinical queries; clinical study categories; systemic reviews; comparative effectiveness research; and many more.


Raith Lectures
Podcasts and videos from the BBC from leading scientists and philosophers to “advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest”. Includes Stephen Hawking.

Rare Disease Database
National Organization for Rare Disorder (NORD)  Rare Disease Database provides brief introductions for patients and their families to more than 1,200 rare diseases.

Online source for U.S. government regulations from about 300 federal agencies. From this web site you can view a description of every proposed and final federal regulation currently open for comment, read the full text of the regulation, and submit your comments to the federal agencies.


ScienceCinema   (science)”Highlights scientific videos featuring leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy. Using innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research, ScienceCinema allows users to search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files.”

The Presidency: Miller Center
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Scripps archive provides a unique collection of material on U.S. public policy. The Library’s collection includes streaming video of State of the Union addresses from Kennedy to Obama. The multimedia archive also includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government.

Security Video Library
Security Video Library by Search Security contains free information technology videos. Also find white papers, webcasts, podcasts, videos, research reports and more.

Shakespeare Documented
The largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), bringing together all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter.

Spare Rib Archives (1972-1993)
An active part of the emerging Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 20th century. This now iconic magazine challenged the stereotyping and exploitation of women, while supporting collective, realistic solutions to the hurdles women faced.

Shakespeare Performance Database
An International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio. This authoritative online database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings. Records date from the 1890s to the present day. From the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).


Free open datasets of research (meta)data. SHARE is building its dataset by gathering, cleaning, linking, and enhancing metadata that describes research activities and outputs—from data management plans and grant proposals to preprints, presentations, journal articles, and research data.


Six Degrees of Francis Bacon
A digital reconstruction of the early modern social network (EMSN) that scholars and students from all over the world will be able to collaboratively expand, revise, curate, and critique…Historians and literary critics have long studied the way that early modern people associated with each other and participated in various kinds of formal and informal groups. By data-mining existing scholarship that describes relationships between early modern persons, documents, and institutions, we have created a unified, systematized representation of the way people in early modern England were connected.

Stanford Health Video Library
The Stanford Health Video Library programs feature prominent doctors presenting the latest health research.

State Agency Databases – GODORT
“In every US State, agencies are creating databases of useful information – information on businesses, licensed professionals, plots of land, even dates of fish stocking. We’ve chased across fifty state web sites so you don’t have to!”

State Health Facts
From the Kaiser Family Foundation, this easy-to-use site allows users to find and compare health data at the state level on a number of health indicators.

Stem Cell Information (NIH)
These pages present a basic overview of stem cells and their potential uses and access to Clinical Trials.  Historical materials in the Scientific Archive are also available.


Thanhouser Films Online
More than 50 films provide a representative cross section of the output produced by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York between 1910 and 1917. Each film includes a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Emory University provides an accessible database of 36,000 slaving voyages. Includes names of ships, captains, origin and destination. Includes the African Names Database.

Transnational Company Agreements Database
“The database contains all transnational company agreements and texts identified and catalogued by the European Commission. It also contains sheets with details on every company and agreement.”


Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB provides innovative, research-based solutions to improve transportation. TRB manages transportation research by producing publications and online resources. It convenes experts that help to develop solutions to problems and issues facing transportation professionals. TRB also provides advice through its policy studies that tackle complex and often controversial issues of national significance. 


Truth Tobacco Industry Documents
“An archive of 14 million documents created by tobacco companies about their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, scientific research and political activities, hosted by the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management”

TVNews: Internet Archive
This portion of the Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. The collection contains more than 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.


U.S. National Strategy Documents the Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN)
A portal to unique military and policy collections that have been digitized dating back several decades. “Interested in military policy? Strategic studies? National security? MERLN brings together electronic resources for researchers and students who are interested in these and other defense issues. “

UN iLibrary
“The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations.”

United Nations Data
Search a number of UN statistical databases from a single search box. Search for statistics from all UN member nations on commodities, agriculture, health, greenhouse gases, development, gender, labor, population, tourism, food security and more.

USDA Branded Food Products Database
A free online resource for families, the food industry and researchers containing nutrition details on more than 80,000 name brand prepared and packaged foods available at restaurants and grocery stores.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
Responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products, this site contains facts addressing topics from safe food handling to inspection and labeling requirements. The FSIS Red Book reports the results of the agency’s chemical residue testing program. Reports on microbial contaminants and FSIS data collection and testing procedures are also available.

UW-Madison Libraries Digital Collections
Explore millions of images, pages, sound recordings and more from across the UW, Wisconsin and the world. Contains 57 separate digital collections on many topics including history science and the arts.


Vision of Britain through Time
A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.



WGBH Open Vault
Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.

“Introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.” Many subjects. Great for math and engineering.

Women Working, 1800-1930
Provides access to digitized books (3500 +), manuscripts, pamphlets, diaries and memoirs (over 7500 pages) and images (1200 +) on the topic of women in the U.S. Economy from 1800-1930.

World Bank Data
Includes World Development Indicators (WDI), Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), etc.

World Digital Library
The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site, in a variety of ways. Content on the WDL includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films. WDL items can be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, language, and contributing institution.