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There are innumerable digital libraries or institutional repositories and text archives available on the Internet. These contain research papers, working papers, journal articles, books, videos, photographs etc. on various subjects.

Repository Search Tools

  • Connecting Repositories [CORE] aims to facilitate the access and navigation across relevant scientific papers stored in UK Open Access repositories.

  • OpenDOAR is the quality-assured, global Directory of Open Access Repositories. You can search and browse through thousands of registered repositories based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.

  • Registry of Open Access Repositories aims to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective.

  • Oaister facilitates access and navigation across relevant digital content stored in Open Access repositories.

Archives / Digital Libraries / Repositories

  • Ag Econ Search is a repository in Agricultural and Applied Economics that collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural and applied economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food security and supply, energy and natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, international trade, and economic development. Content includes conference presentations, working papers, journal articles, government documents, and theses and dissertations.

  • AgriXiv is a preprints repository for agriculture and allied sciences with the help of Centre for Open Science using their infrastructure, Open Science Framework.

  • Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Documents can be downloaded in .pdf and other fromats.

  • Archives of Indian Labour was constituted with the long-term objective to act as a specialised repository of records and voices of the workers, and contain textual, visual and oral records on labour in India. At present in total 8 special collections comprising 40,000 printed pages, 100 hours of taped interviews are stored in digital form. In addition several special reports and articles on labour history of India are also available on this digital library. This library has been developed using Greenstone open source software at V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida. Registration is required to access the library.

  • Avalon Project at the Yale Law School contains documents in Law, History and Diplomacy.

  • Caltech Library System Papers and Publications contains full text papers related to library systems and technology.

  • CogPrints is an electronic archive for papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science, Philosophy, Biology, Medicine, Anthropology, as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition. One time registration is required to gain access.

  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture [CHLA] is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science.

  • Digital Library of Information Science and Technology [DLIST] is a repository of electronic resources in the domains of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT). Here you can deposit your papers related to the above fields.

  • Electronic Text Center at University of Virginia its holdings include approximately 51,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in twelve languages, with more than 350,000 related images.

  • E-Prints for Library and Information Science [E-LIS] is an electronic open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, in Librarianship, Information Science and Technology, and related application activities. E-LIS is an archive to deposit preprints, post prints and other LIS publications; it is a service for finding and downloading documents in electronic format, offered as a free service to the international LIS community.

  • Escholarship Repository is a repository of papers established by University of California under its digital library program. Provides access to full text papers/articles deposited by faculty and research students of University of California and its units.

  • Findarticles.com is a vast archive of published articles that you can search for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals. Articles in Find Articles can be read in its entirety and printed at no cost.

  • FRASER is a digital library of U.S. economic, financial, and banking history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System.

  • Harvard Business School Working Knowledge is a vast archive of articles on economics and business and which are highly relevant to the present day society.

  • Magportal.com indexes and provides free of cost access to full text of articles selected from good number of free magazines available on the net on different subject areas. The coverage of most of the magazines starts from 1999 or 2000. It sends a newsletter of hot articles to subscribed members and also there is a provision to create your accounts as per your subject interest.

  • medRxiv is a free online archive and distribution server for complete but unpublished manuscripts (preprints) in the medical, clinical, and related health sciences.

  • OECD Economics Department Working Papers from the Economics Department of the OECD cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

  • PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science. At present, the PhilSci Archive contains 495 documents.

  • Political Research Online [PROL] is a pre-print server that serves as the common resource for all emerging scholarship in political science. Provides free full text access to preprints in political science.

  • RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 102 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers. The collected data are then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it.

  • UNESCO Digital Library is a key tool for enabling UNESCO’s mission of building peace in the minds of people, in particular by “advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding, and encouraging cooperation among the nations in all branches of intellectual activity..."

  • Urban planning, 1794-1918: An anthology of articles, papers and reports provides access to over 185 full text articles/papers related to the study of how urban planning developed up to the end of World War I.

    National Digital Library of India is a digital library of books which are free-to-read, searchable, available to everyone over the Internet. Ministry of Human Resource Development under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

    Digital Library of Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode is developed by IIMK library holds documents on management, economics, sociology, etc and IIMK staff publications. The number of documents included is less as the library is in development stage.


    Alaxanderia Digital Library Project is a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials. ADL includes the operational library, with various nodes and collections, and the research program through which digital library architectures, gazetteer applications, educational applications, and software components are modeled, prototyped, and evaluated.

    California Digital Library contains digital collection of University of California campuses.

    Collect Britain: Putting history in place is a collection of maps, prints and drawings, photographs and documents, rare early sound recordings from around the globe. It has been developed by British Library using its collections.

    Digital Library of Commons is a gateway to the international literature on the commons. This site contains a Working Paper Archive of author-submitted papers, a full-text Digital Library, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons.

    Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. Its collection include reference sources, books and journals, images, maps, statistics, etc.

    eScholarship Editions collection includes the full text of more than 1,400 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access is free to all.

    Digital Library for Earth System Education [DLESE] is a geosciences community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. DLESE is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being built by a community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels.

    Digital Library of Historical Directories is a digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories from England and Wales.

    Ethnomathematics Digital Library [EDL] provides access to online resources worldwide. There are about 700 items in the collection, and regularly adding new ones, particularly those relevant to the Pacific region.

    Internet archives is a home to electronic texts, music, images etc.

    Librarycompany.org is non-profit independent research library with collections documenting every aspect of the history and background of American culture from the colonial period to the end of nineteenth century.

    Metaarchive.org offers multiple institutions a combination of new technologies for sharing information about primary resources of interest to scholars and researchers, and it provides researchers a publicly searchable web interface to a collection of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented resources related to politics and religion.

    Mind Project addresses the problems faced by users in terms of their ability to access and exploit the increasing number of Digital Libraries available internationally through networks, such as the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW). It will assist users to: know where to search, how to query different media and how to combine information from diverse sources.

    National Science Digital Library includes collection in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

    NYPL Digital Library will provide free and open online access to thousands of digital images from the collections of NYPL's Research Libraries.

    Open-Video-Project.org its purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities.

    Networked Digital Library of Thesis and Dissertations [NDLTD] is a digital library of thesis and dissertations. Individuals and institutes can participate in it by making their thesis or dissertations available to the network in electronic format.

    The New Zeland Digital Library project is a research programme at The University of Waikato whose aim is to develop the underlying technology for digital libraries and make it available publicly so that others can use it to create their own collections. They have developed a 'Greenstone' Software for the development of digital library. It is available for download.

    Universal Library is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, primarily in the English language, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is their expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The first major project of Universal Library is the Million Book Digital Library project. This project is a collaboration between different Institutes and Universities all over the world and Carnegie Mellon University.

  • World Digital Library is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world. 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.

  • Shodganga provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. The repository has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve ETDs submitted by the researchers.

  • Shodgangotri is an intiative where research scholars / research supervisors in universities are requested to deposit electronic version of approved synopsis submitted by research scholars to the universities for registering themselves for the Ph.D programme Now it is expanded to MRPs/PDFs/ Emeritus Fellowship etc. The repository on one hand, would reveal the trends and directions of research being conducted in Indian universities, on the other hand it would avoid duplication of research. Synopsis in “ShodhGangotri” would later be mapped to full-text theses in "ShodhGanga". As such, once the full-text thesis is submitted for a synopsis, a link to the full-text theses would be provided from ShodhGangotri to "ShodhGanga"

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