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AERA SIG Communication of Research
American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group has
assembled this list of links to 160 scholarly open access electronic
journals in education.
American Memory: Nineteenth Century in Print Periodicals
From the Library of Congress: 22 periodicals covering various time
periods in the 1800s. Searchable or browsable. Page images or plain text
School Board Journal
Online edition of this school administration
magazine with coverage from 1997 to the present.
All the original research articles in journals
published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available
online without charge or any other barriers to access. This commitment
is based on the view that open access to research is central to rapid
and efficient progress in science and that subscription-based access to
research is hindering rather than helping scientific communication.
As a site visitor, you
will be able to freely access the most current two years of citations and
abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Retrieval often includes
free 24 page PDF preview.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled
scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and
languages. There are 1761 journals in the directory; 434 journals
are searchable at the article level.
Produced by Australia's
Cunningham Library, this database
contains over 6 000
online articles from leading educational journals. Freely searchable
index; option for pay-per-view articles.
Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research
covering unabridged and abridged articles since 2001. Includes opinion
essays and research reports.
Policy Analysis Archives
Peer-reviewed journal with coverage from 1993. Articles are international in
scope and may be in Spanish, English or both.
Contains only selected articles from the print version.
Coverage 1992 to the present.
Electronic Journal Miner
More of a library catalog than simply a list of websites, this product of
the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries assigns Library of Congress
Subject Heading to its listings and provides comprehensive annotations to
each electronic journal in the catalog along with a link to the journal's
Go to the
Journal Miner's page to retrieve more lists of electronic periodicals.
Electronic Journals from the Digital Library/Archives, University
Libraries of Virginia
31 free journals including the
ALAN Review, Journal of Design Communication, Journal of
Veterinary Medical Education, Science, Technology and Human Values.
A joint effort between LookSmart and the Gale Group Findarticles contains over
three million articles from over 700 publications. The articles go back to
1998. Searching is simple keyword, and you have the option to limit your
search by category. Search results are listed by relevance, with sponsored
results at the top of the page and text ads on the right of article pages.
Important: Be sure
to read the search
Place a + in front of mandatory words (example: +health +maintenance
scholarly periodicals that anyone may access online for FREE)
HighWire Press at Stanford
University develops and maintains the Web versions of important journals
in biomedicine and other disciplines. A
list of journals
with free full-text articles online is available. 911,187
free full-text articles as of 6-4-05.
Index to Botanical Literature
index of botanical literature written since late 1995 to date from the
Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden.
Internet Library of
ILEJ, the "Internet Library of Early Journals" was a joint project by
the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, conducted
under the auspices of the
eLib (Electronic Libraries)
Program. It aimed to
digitize substantial runs of 18th century
journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together
with their associated bibliographic data. The project finished in 1999,
and no additional material will be added. Six journals are available
for browsing or searching: Annual
Edinburgh Magazine, Gentleman's
Magazine, Notes and Queries,
Philosophical Transactions of
the Royal Society, The Builder.
ITI Central -- free articles from
is your link to ITI's archives, from September 1987 to the present, from
Information Today, ONLINE, Searcher, Computers in Libraries, EContent,
EMedia/EventDV, Multimedia & Internet@Schools, CRM, and KMWorld.
The collection also includes past issues of Link-Up (now
incorporated into Information Today).
"Making of America"
University and the
University of Michigan.
Cornell provides access to
a digital library of primary sources in American social
history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection
is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology,
American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This
site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal
articles with 19th century imprints. The journal collection at UMichigan
currently contains approximately 50,000 journal articles with 19th century
Links to 1,000 online magazines with
very basic search mechanism.
Find individual articles from many
free magazines by browsing the
categories or using the search engine.
Microsoft Live Academic
Similar to Google Scholar, this project currently indexes content
related to computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and related areas
(i.e., a freely searchable database of peer reviewed articles).
Light," a web search engine that disappeared from the radar several
years ago has finally resurfaced as the "Northern Light Business
Research Engine." Though it's marketed as a business resource, you will
also be able to locate plenty of articles on general topics as well. The
journal search engine
covers 1.3 million articles from over 1,400 publications. Other
components at the site include a
"Business Web" search, a
News search, and a
"White Papers" search.
Most of the content is pay-per-view, but some items are free.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
This is a service built by harvesting metadata from Open
Archives of electronic theses and dissertations. Lists links
to university electronic theses and dissertations collections; some
resources are viewable, others are for parent institution use only.
Books Serials Page
This page lists freely accessible archives of serials (such
as magazines, journals, newspapers, and other periodicals).
Ornithological Worldwide Literature
OWL is a compilation of citations and abstracts from the
worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of
ornithology. A major attraction is its coverage of the 'grey'
literature, which is not
abstracted by commercial databases such as Zoological Record or the
Science Citation Index.
Penn Library, University of Pennsylvania, Electronic
includes links to both restricted and unrestricted access journal and
articles; it also offers several search alternatives.
These PolySearch Engines allow you to run simple
queries across several open access ready reference databases or
publishers’ abstract archives in one fell swoop. This is especially
convenient for corroborating information in different dictionaries, and
encyclopedias, and for comprehensive literature searches. Results are
shown simultaneously from the sites in adjacent panes. The original query
brings to you each selected target sites (instead of merging their
results), so if you want to broaden or narrow the search, you can refine
the simple query using truncation symbols, Boolean and proximity
operators, field limiters – whatever is allowed by the native search
engine of each site. Many engines are planned; the
current offerings include:
Biographies PolySearch Engine ,
General English Dictionaries PolySearch Engine
Primedia is a publisher of trade
as well as a provider of other business services. Its site
searchable access to selected content from approximately 100 of the
publications. The site also links to the publications -- the user
is only one click away from the magazine's own site.
Library of Science
PLoS is a non-profit organization of scientists and
physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical
literature a freely available public resource.
Research Society for American Periodicals
The RSAP is an interdisciplinary
organization of scholars interested in American magazines and newspapers.
An excellent resource for historical material seekers.
Free Indexing Services
Association of Retired Persons
you to search English-language
articles and books published in the United States and around the world,
contains 60,000 abstracts from journal and magazine articles, government
and organizational reports, and books and book chapters.
Access is a
bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created
by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. Production of
these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers
materials in all formats, including printed works from the 15th century.
The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects
of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary
sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries,
farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and
education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.
Although AGRICOLA does not contain the materials, thousands of AGRICOLA
records are linked to online full-text documents, with new links being
added every day.
ACM Digital Library Portal
The Association of Computing Machinery
allows free searching of its journal database; full text usually requires
subscription or payment, but some articles are available without charge if
you register (free). Try it (e.g., "robots and eye contact")!
AMS: the American Mathematical Society
8,600 articles in nine online
journals including over 870 free articles.
British Library Direct
Permits searching through 20,000 publications for a total of 9 million
articles. An excellent free resource for indexing and abstracting.
Document delivery is the objective, but the free searching is a find in
itself for end-users.
University Press Journals Online
Cambridge University Press allows searching of articles
from its electronic journals by journal title, author, author affiliation,
and/or keywords taken from the titles, abstracts and/or full-text.
CEDB (The American Society of Civil Engineers)
The CE database provides access to over
100,000 Bibliographic and Abstracted Records - Current Coverage: 1970 - Present.
(Combined Health Information Database, National Institutes of Health).
searchable bibliographic database of health materials (no full text, although a
link may be provided to full text of indexed government documents).
EEVL Xtra is a free
service that can help you find articles,
books, the best
websites, the latest
technical data, full text
eprints, the latest
learning resources and
Note: EEVL stands for Enhanced
and Evaluated Virtual Library.
Provides access to ERIC Document citations from 1966 to the present as
well as ERIC Journal citations.
The American Geographical
Society Library at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee provides this
searchable online bibliography to the journals covered in Current Geographical
Publications for 1985-1005. Current bibliographic research in the AGS journals
is done by browsing
Handbook of Latin American Studies
A little difficult to use, and don't get the wrong impression -- it is
simply a keyword searchable bibliography of articles and books relating to
Latin America. Coverage is 1935 to the present.
The Natural Hazards Center Library
The database contains
citations to journal articles, books, and reports, in bound and electronic form.
Many references also include abtracts or annotations.
Search 15 million articles from 28,200 publications. No free full text;
this is a database to identify items. You may then locate the items in
libraries or purchase them, for a fee, online.
Free EBSCO Database
for Information Professionals
Information Science & Technology Abstracts is A selective bibliographic
database covering 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and
proceedings. Coverage dates back to the mid-1960s.
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access
to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and
additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites
providing full text articles and other related resources.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Summaries of more
than 180,000 criminal justice publications including:
Federal, State, and local
government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and
unpublished research. More than 7,000 full text documents available.
Review of Books
online index. Browse or search the NYRB archives from 1963 forward.
Subscription required to access full text, but an excerpt is included.
The National Technical Information Service is the federal
government’s leading delivery outlet for scientific and technical
reports, especially those produced under government contract. Some reports
are displayed free of charge while others require payment (or the user pay
present the bibliographic information to a library for possible
fulfillment). Searchers can access the NTIS database dating to 1990 at no
Contains bibliographic records for energy and
energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of
Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development
Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database
provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the
present, with continued growth through regular updates.
POPLINE is the world's largest database on
reproductive health, provides more than 300,000 citations with abstracts
to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports in the
field of population, family planning, and related health issues.
Project Euclid (Cornell University)
searching of 40 journals in the field of theoretical and applied
mathematics and statistics. Some journals provide open access to all
articles, others provide open access to some articles, others are free to
search but a subscription is required to view articles.
A bibliographic database containing includes 40,000 records for various
publication types, such as journal articles, conference papers, technical
reports, maps, and videotapes.
Research Index (CITESEER)
Provided by the NEC Research Institute. ResearchIndex is a
scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the
dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide
improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost,
comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness.
free access to numerous databases, text files, and conferences on the
environment. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify
specific factories and their environmental effects and assess people and
Although it focuses on scientific information, Scirus
may be used for many searches in a variety of disciplines. If the user
desires, a Scirus search will find Web pages but, most importantly for a
free Web Library, it locates references to journal articles (and displays
abstracts when available).
SMEALSearch is a publicly available digital library and search engine hosted
at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. SmealSearch crawls the web
and harvests, catalogs, and indexes academic business documents.
Online Transportation Research Information Services from the U.S.
Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The
TRIS Database contains almost half a million records of references to
books, technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles and
on-going research in the field of transportation. Some free full text is
more journal article sites
Eprints & Preprints & Open Access
ARC: The Cross Archive
Metasearches important preprint servers and then
delivers the information in a clear manner using user selected sorting.
CERN Document Server
bibliographic records, including
fulltext documents, of interest to people working in particle physics and
related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs,
and much more.
allows free searching of chemistry journals as well as reviewed chemistry
web sites. Citations and abstracts are free, but full-text is by
subscription or "pay as you go.”
the British Medical Journal and HighWire Press, this site provides
a place for authors to archive their completed studies before, during, or
after peer review by other agencies. It covers original research into
clinical medicine and health.
DSpace is an open access repository of Cornell
faculty research. Included in Cornell's DSpace community are its Internet-First
The mission of the Directory of Preprint and e-Print
Servers is to make available to the mathematical community the
current homepage URLs and email contacts of all mathematical preprint and
e-print servers throughout the world.
ArXiv is an
e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science,
computer science, and quantitative biology.
accessible database of the full text of conference papers, working papers
and electronic literature which supports educational research, policy and
practice; originates in the United Kingdom.
gateway to over 12,000 Web sites and databases worldwide, containing
e-prints in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also
including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences,
materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research,
computer and information technologies, and other disciplines.
(Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library)
distributed digital library of computer science technical reports from
This service encompasses as broad a collection of
resources as possible (i.e., with no subject parameters). It is accessible
to the entire Internet community, without bounds. Presently contains
records from 514 institutions.
e-Prints (scientific eprint repository search)
(Stanford Public Information Retrieval System - High Energy Physics) Containing over 500,000
entries with full-text from various other sites, the scope of this website
includes preprints, journal articles, theses, technical reports, and other
Social Sciences Research Network
SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing
abstracts on over 60,500 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers
and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 38,400
downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary
also includes the research papers of a number of
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