Publicly Available Databases/Resources


The databases below are publicly available to search.  Some may contain full-text documents, but others may only provide citations/abstracts for books, articles and other materials.

If there is a database/resource that you believe should be added to this list, please let us know.

     The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural

     environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully

     searchable collection of content contributed by scholars, professionals, educators,

     practitioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The content

     is presented in a style intended to be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals,

     as well as to the general public.

     Google Book search allows you to find thousands of books that are available for free, for

     sale, or in libraries. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google

     permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text.

     If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

     HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository for public domain and in

     copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive,

     Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.   When searching, limit to "Full 

     View" only for full-text documents.  However, you are also able to search within full

     text documents that are not available as "Full-View", which can help you decide whether   

     they would be useful to buy or borrow from a library.  




*Database descriptions from the University of Illinois University Library.