Following is a collection of free databases that may aid students in their research.
American FactFinder: American FactFinder is a service provided by the Census Bureau. It provides statistics on communities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data comes from several censuses and surveys and includes information on population, income, housing, business, industry, origins and language, education, poverty, veterans, etc.
ArchiveGrid: ArchiveGrid includes over two million detailed archival descriptions of collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.
Bartleby.com: Bartleby.com is a resource for information on literature and verse.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Environmental Health: Use this section of the CDC website to learn how the environment affects human health and how people affect the health of the environment.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections: This website offers thousands of full text resources relevant to the field of child care and early education.
Directory of Open Access Journals: The Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to over 9,000 journals. It aims to cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system. Open access journals are those which use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.
FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry: FracFocus is a national registry for the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a technology used to extend the productivity of natural gas and oil wells. It allows you to search for gas and oil wells in a geographic area to see a listing of reported chemicals used.
Genetics Home Reference: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine’s web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions.
GreenFILE: This EBSCO database offers information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. It covers topics such as global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
Household Products Database: This database links over 13,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
In the First Person: In the First Person is an index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. It contains 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.
Medline Plus: Medline Plus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families. It provides information on diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.
National Council on Disability: This small federal independent agency advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. Topics covered include civil rights, education, empowerment, financial assistance, health care, and more.
National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, houses one of the largest collections in the world of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the Renaissance to the present day.
NREL: National Renewable Energy Laboratory: The NREL is situated within the U.S. Department of Energy. NREL “develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.”
Open Library: Open Library contains over 1,000,000 free eBook titles in classic literature.
The Pennsylvania Digital Library (PADL): The Pennsylvania Digital Library is a state-wide repository for digital resources created by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other cultural heritage organizations.
Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers access to over 42,000 eBooks, mostly classic pieces of literature.
PubMed Central: PubMed Central is a full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an online encyclopedia maintained by experts in the field of philosophy.
WorldCat: WorldCat allows keyword searching for books, videos, serials, and electronic resources. Use it to find materials in a library near you!
Yovisto: Yovisto is a video search engine that specializes in educational content, including online lectures.