Friday, April 19th, 2019

Digital Collections on the Web


Avalon Project: documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Baen Free Library: fiction and fantasy from Baen Books

Bookshare® makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

British History Online: is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. We aim to support the learning, teaching and research of our users from around the world. BHO was founded by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust in 2003. Our collection currently contains over 1,270 volumes and is always growing.

Carrie is an early full text electronic library.

Civil Rights Digital Library is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse , at the University of Michigan Law School, brings together and analyzes information and documents about important civil rights cases across the United States. It is organized by case category.

Darwin Online

Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.

Digital Himalaya Project was designed by Professor Alan MacFarlane and Dr Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available valuable ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, the project was established in December 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the project moved to the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University and began its collaboration with the University of Virginia. From August 2011, Digital Himalaya is colocated at Cambridge and Yale Universities.

Directory of Open Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available. DOAJ operates an education and outreach program across the globe, focussing on improving the quality of applications submitted.

EuroDocs : Online Sources for European History

Gallica : is the digital library of the National Library of France and its partners. Online since 1997, it is enriched every week by thousands of new products and now offers access to several million documents.

Google Books works just like Web search. Try a search on Google Books or on Google.com. When they find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, they’ll link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given them 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. By clicking on the “Buy this book” or “Borrow this book” you can see links to where you can buy or borrow the print book. You can now also buy the ebook from the Google Play Store.

HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. HathiTrust provides long-term preservation and access services to digitized content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house member institution initiatives. Items in the public domain are in full-view for everyone and items held in copyright are searchable.

HebrewBooks provides access to 52,020 Classical Hebrew Books for Free Download.

Higher Intellect Vintage Computing Wiki (a.k.a. preterhuman.net) focuses on vintage/retro computing subjects along with general knowledge related to the preterhuman.net text archive. The purpose of the site is to allow users to contribute their own written work, showcase documentation about the Internet of yesterday, provide information regarding digital libraries and more.

ibiblio.org is an online public library that is one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet with freely available software and information, for topics such as music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. With between 12 million to 16 million worldwide transactions per day, it is a resource used frequently by audiences of all interests and backgrounds.

International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online is a ground-breaking international collaboration to make information and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of the Eastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and to encourage their use through educational and research programmes.

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) started on February 16, 2006, and is a project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores based on the wiki principle. Users can exchange musical ideas through the site, submit their own compositions, or listen to other people’s composition. IMSLP is an ever-growing musical community of music lovers for music lovers.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Primary sources are available here primarily for use in high-school and university/college courses. From the outset the site took a very broad view of the sources that should be available to students and as well as documents long associated with a “western civilization” approach to history also provides much information on Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, Indian, East Asian, and African history. You will also find many documents especially relevant to women’s history and LGBT studies.

Internet Sacred Text Archive is the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.

LacusCurtius is a very large site on Roman antiquity.

The Latin Library is a website that collects public domain Latin texts. The texts are not intended for research purposes nor as substitutes for critical editions.

Library of Congress Digital Collections & Services provide access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services.

Library of Economics and Liberty (Econlib) is dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought.

Literary Kicks functions as a digital library of poetry and prose, biography and cultural criticism chiefly focused on Beat Generation writers. Founded in 1994 by Levi Asher, the site has since expanded to cover a wider range of literary genres and much more.

LOGOS LIBRARY is a word by word multilingual library

Making of America (MoA) is 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. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

Marxists Internet Archive (MIA) aims to maintain an archive of any and all writings which are Marxist or relevant to the understanding of Marxism and can be lawfully published. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit public library, started in 1990.

MICHAEL: Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe provides access to digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across Europe. Whether you are interested in art or archaeology, family history or planning holidays, the Romans or modern History, MICHAEL can show you what is available.

Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library (MCDL) (or Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (BVMC) in Espanol) is a large-scale project for digitizing literature, and multi-media documents on the Spanish and Latin American culture. It aims to collect the most outstanding works of Spanish and Latin American literary tradition, as well as secondary literature and critical and historical knowledge on Spanish culture.

The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.

National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.

NYPL Digital Collections contains 757,921 items and counting. While that is a small fraction of the Library’s overall holdings, it is representative of the diversity of the vast collections—from books to videos, maps to manuscripts, illustrations to photos, and more. The collection spans a wide range of historical eras, geography, and visual media, digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of The Library, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (NZETC) comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitized heritage material and born-digital resources. The NZETC supports the teaching, learning and research activities at Victoria University of Wellington through: The digitization of historical works held uniquely by the Victoria University Library with an emphasis on works created by Victoria; The support of the creation of born-digital resources created by Victoria. The texts made available on the NZETC are freely accessible to all researchers regardless of their affiliation with Victoria University of Wellington.

The Online Books Page lists over 3 million free books on the Web.

On This Day is the name of a BBC news archive on the World Wide Web. It contains an online digital library of news stories reported by the BBC on World War II and world events from the 1950s to 2005. There are entries for every day of the year, many including video or audio reports which can be viewed online.

Open Library, an initiative of the Internet Archive, is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. More.

Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, in research, teaching and learning.

Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. American writer Michael S. Hart founded Project Gutenberg in 1971 and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of March 2019, Project Gutenberg offers over 58,000 free eBooks.

Project Gutenberg Australia is a treasure-trove of over 3,700 literary treasures.

Projekt Gutenberg-DE is a project to transcribe and host German-language e-texts by authors who died more than 70 years ago and whose works are in Germany’s public domain. It is not formally related to the English Project Gutenberg. It was founded by the company Hille & Partner and is hosted by Spiegel.

Rare Book Room was created by Octavo and it is a repository of about 400 of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. The books cover a wide variety of topics and were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page). The repository includes books by Galileo, Newton, Copernicus, Kepler, Einstein, and Darwin. It includes most of the Shakespeare Quartos from the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the University of Edinburgh Library, and the National Library of Scotland, as well as the First Folio from the Folger Library. It includes Library of Congress copies of Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin, and other rare editions: a Gutenberg Bible of 1455, William Harvey’s book on the circulation of blood, Galileo ’s Sidereus Nuncius, the first printing of the United States Bill of Rights, and the Magna Carta.

SuperSummary is an online resource that is committed to helping you get the most out of the books that you’re reading. It provides high-quality, in-depth study guides for a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. Offering an ideal mix of summary and analysis, all SuperSummary study guides feature detailed chapter summaries and critical analysis of major characters, themes, symbols/motifs, important quotations, and essay topics. So whether you’re a student preparing for class or a recreational reader looking to expand your understanding, you will find everything and more in our comprehensive study guides.

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library is a repository of the traditional knowledge of India, setup to protect the ancient and traditional knowledge of the country from exploitation such as unethical patents and monopolization

Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives, repositories and other research and collecting organisations big and small. A list of contributors and partners whose collections are included in Trove can be viewed online.

Tufts Digital Library is a place to explore and discover Tufts’ research, teaching, and unique collections online. Available collections include faculty and student scholarship, archival, manuscript, and photograph collections, oral histories, student and university publications, and more. Most items in the Tufts Digital Library are open to all, but a small amount is restricted to the Tufts community. Restricted items are identified by a blue lock symbol () next to the title in the search results.

United States National Agricultural Library houses one of the world’s largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.

United States National Library of Medicine Digital Collections is a free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps. All of the content in Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM’s rich historical resources, as well as select modern resources.

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (UWDC) contain millions of images, books, maps, recordings, documents, and more from across the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin and the world. The collections span a range of subjects including art, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin. Digital resources include text-based materials such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections, photographic images, slides, maps, prints, posters, audio, and video.

US National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

Welsh Journals Online provides free access to scholarship from Wales. The back-numbers of up to 50 titles will be available here, ranging from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines.

Wikibooks is a digital library of new books edited in a similar way to Wikipedia.

Wikisource is an online library of over 427,769 free content publications, collected and maintained by the Wikisource community.

Wisconsin Historical Society Digital Collection provides access to Wisconsin state, regional, and local history books, journals, and museum collections

World Wide Web Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn’t the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web. World Wide Web Virtual Library U.S.

World Digital Library makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.