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African, African-American, and Caribbean Studies

Digital Schomburg: African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
This full-text database includes some 52 published works of fiction, poetry, autobiography and biography, and essays on various topics by nineteenth century black women writers.

Digital Schomburg: Images of African Americans from the 19th Century
This database contains a generous selection of images of African Americans captured by artists, engravers and photographers during the nineteenth century and taken from the collections of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Anthropological Index Online (Royal Anthropological Institute)
Bibliographic index to periodical literature in anthropology based on the journal holdings of the Library of the Department of Ethnography of the The British Museum (Museum of Mankind). Citations for material published from the late 1960s to the present.

Anthropology Review Database (ARD)
ARD is an ever-growing, free, and fully searchable database of reviews covering the entire gamut of anthropological publications, including books, audiovisual materials, software and multimedia, exhibits, tourist sites, conferences, and on-line resources. The database contains signed, refereed reviews published by the database editors and anthropology faculty, citations to those published in American Antiquity and links to a number of online publications and sites.

Ethnologue: Languages of the World (13th Edition, 1996)
This online edition of a 996-page reference work edited by Barbara F. Grimes features useful resources for research on language and culture, including: 241 overviews of language situations by country; 682 bibliographic references; 6,703 language descriptions; a language name index containing 39,000+ alternate names and dialect names; and a language family index to 99 language family trees.

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ADAM: Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway
British-based database of over 2,500 web sites dealing with fine art, design, architecture, applied arts, media, theory, and museum studies and conservation. The sites have been catalogued using library bibliographic standards. Can be searched or browsed in several ways. Emphasis on British art.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institution)
Based in Washington, D.C., with regional centers in New York, Massachusetts, and California, the Archives of American Art (AAA) have amassed some 13 million documents about American visual arts from the 18th century to the recent past since its founding in 1954. The collection include papers of artists, art dealers, art historians, collectors, and others; records of art galleries, museums, and art organizations; videos; and interviews from AAA's oral history project. The AAA's catalog is part of the Smithsonian's Archives and Manuscripts catalog, which now contains over 220,000 items. The site also includes many helpful guides to research.

Comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources. The database now includes over 700 leading arts sites, with more than 24,000 links to an estimated 80,000 works by 7,000 different artists.

National Gallery of Art: The Collection
Over 100,000 items from the National Gallery's impressive collection - images of paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present - are included in this searchable database. You can search by artist, title, national school, style, year of creation, medium, provenance, and selected subject.

State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersberg, Russia, was started in the 18th century as a private collection of Empress Catherine II and in the 20th century became one of the largest museums in the world. The digital collection includes images of a wide variety of art works from the museum and features some sophisticated tools for searching and browsing.

Tate Online
The Tate galleries in the United Kingdom house the national collections of British painting including the Turner Bequest; and of twentieth century painting and sculpture. There is also a substantial collection of works on paper of all periods, in particular by and after Turner, by Blake and of modern prints executed after 1945. The database at the Tate's web site contains records for some 25,000 works and 10,000 images.

Union List of Artists Names Browser (ULAN)
The ULAN is a structured vocabulary that contains around 220,000 names and other information about artists. The coverage of the ULAN is from Antiquity to the present, and the scope is global. The ULAN includes any identified individual or corporate body involved in the design or creation of art and architecture. The focus of each ULAN record is the artist. Linked to each record are names, relationships (including student-teacher relationships), locations (for birth, death, and activity), important dates (such as for birth and death), notes, and sources for the data. A project of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

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FishBase: A Global Information System on Fishes
FishBase is an information system with key data on the biology of practically all fish species known to science. Its search form provides a variety of ways to search for fish species. Most entries include a wide range of descriptive information, one or more photographs, and links to sources and additional information.

GeneCards is a database of human genes, their products and their involvement in diseases. It offers concise information about the functions of all human genes that have an approved symbol, as well as selected others. Hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Plants National Database (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Large database covers the distribution, taxonomy, life form and nativity, legal status, and over 100 conservation plant characteristics such as appearance, use in conservation and restoration, growth requirements, and suitability for 2,500 plant species and cultivars. Fact Sheets, Plant Guides, and a variety of other plant information resources are also available at this site.

Red List of Threatened Species (World Conservation Union - IUCN)
The 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been evaluated using the 1994 IUCN Red List Categories. The main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalog and highlight those taxa that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on taxa that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e. are Data Deficient); and on Lower Risk taxa which are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds (i.e. Lower Risk/near threatened) or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e. Lower Risk/conservation dependent).

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Business (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management)

American City Business Journals (archive)
This database contains the archive of selected material from 41 city Business Journals dating (in most cases) back to 1996. - The Search Engine for Business Information
Specialized search engine for finding business information on the web. The site offers 400,000 catalogued business-oriented web sites that are organized into 25,000 categories and subcategories. Other features include 64,000 public, international and private company profiles; information and resources on hundreds of industries; and aggregated news from over 500 top-notch sources including Dow Jones, Reuters, the Industry Standard and the Financial Times.

EDGAR Database of Corporate Information
"EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Not all documents filed with the Commission by public companies will be available on EDGAR, but details about the extent of available information and much other useful documentation are included at the site.

Historical Stock Quotes from
This useful tool allows you to retrieve exact and split-adjusted stock price information and split adjustment factors as far back as January 1985. A split-adjusted, 2-month daily stock chart marks the specific closing price the User requested. The quote field includes exact closing price, Open, High, Low and Volume for the specific date requested.

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Chemistry and Physics e-Print archive
Begun in 1991, is a fully automated electronic archive and distribution server for research papers in science. Subject areas include physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience. You can retrieve papers from the archive by searching with its web-based search form, or by sending commands to the system via e-mail. This archive is based upon activities supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Chemistry Preprint Server (at
Recently launched by the Elsevier Science publishing company, the Chemistry Preprint Server (CPS) is a permanent web archive and distribution medium for research articles in the field of chemistry. CPS allows users to submit their articles to the server where they become accessible to all the members of Membership is free, but initial registration is required.

DOE Information Bridge (U.S. Department of Energy)
The Department of Energy (DOE) Information Bridge, developed and maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), offers free and convenient access to full-text and bibliographic records of Department of Energy (DOE) research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. You can search the collection of full-text and bibliographic data and download or view the document in PDF or in the original electronic format, if it is available.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Chemistry WebBook
This site provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program.

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The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
The Center is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. Known for its regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes. The site includes an archive of over 100 full-text research reports dating to 1995 and an archive of downloadable polling data dating back to 1997.

Television News Archive
Based at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, the Television News Archive is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including Nightlines since 1989. The web site includes three searchable databases (for evening news, special reports, and specialized collections) which index the archive. Most entries include short abstracts.

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Computer Science

Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies
This is a collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science from various sources, covering most aspects of computer science. The bibliographies are updated monthly from their original locations such that you'll always find the most recent versions here. The collection currently contains more than 1.1 million references (mostly to journal articles, conference papers and technical reports), clustered in about 1400 bibliographies. More than 18,000 references contain crossreferences to citing or cited publications. More than 130,000 references contain URLs to an online version of the paper. There are more than 2000 links to other sites carrying bibliographic information.

EEVL: The Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing
EEVL (acronym for the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) provides access to quality networked engineering, mathematics and computing resources, and it serves as a focal point for online access to information in these subjects. It is an award-winning free service, created and run by a team of information specialists from a number of universities and institutions in the United Kingdom, and its target audience is students, staff and researchers in higher and further education.

EEVL's Ejournal Search Engine for Computing
The EEVL (Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) Mathematics E-Journal search engine provides full-text access to articles from 60 freely available e-journals in computing.

Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library (NCSTRL)
NCSTRL (pronounced "ancestral") is a collection of computer science technical reports from a number of participating institutions. For the most part, they are universities that grant Ph.D.s in computer science or engineering, with some industrial and government research laboratories.

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Economics contains a large collection of free economic, financial, and industry data - over 1,000,000 series. You can browse a comprehensive data dictionary, search databases, and download data directly into Microsoft Excel.

Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)
The RECON database, provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, offers economic information at the state, MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), and county levels. Intended for use as an analysis tool in risk assessment by financial institutions, the data is also useful to the public. Using RECON, anyone with internet access is able to drill down to any state, MSA, or county to view standard graphs, tables, and maps depicting economic conditions and how they have changed over time. RECON contains a 'shopping cart' feature that allows the user to assemble charts and tables of interest and then print them together at the end of their session.

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Health Sciences and Nursing

Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide
Designed for primary care providers and other non-infectious disease specialists as a tool that can be used at the point of care to assist in prescribing antibiotics. The information here is peer-reviewed by medical specialists. You can search by diagnosis, pathogen, antibiotic type, or your own search term. Although access to the database is free, registration is required.

NursingCenter is a specialized web portal featuring information from over 20 nursing journals, including AJN, Nursing2002, Nursing Management, The Nurse Practitioner, Home Healthcare Nurse, and MCN. An online continuing education (CE) collection provides hundreds of CE articles as well as online testing with instant results and certificates and a CE planner to help nurses keep their CE up-to-date. Free registration/membership provides access to the site's many personal customization features.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE, the major bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The MEDLINE file contains over 11 million citations dating back to 1966. PubMed also includes a file of older citations (called OldMEDLINE) dating to 1960 and a file of citations (called PreMEDLINE) for new articles not yet indexed in the main MEDLINE database. Coverage is worldwide, but most records are from English-language sources or have English abstracts.

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, TOXNET offers a portal to eleven databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related topics. Among the information available through TOXNET is toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic release information, and basic chemical information. Online fact sheets and web links round out this useful research tool.

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EEVL: The Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing
EEVL (acronym for the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) provides access to quality networked engineering, mathematics and computing resources, and it serves as a focal point for online access to information in these subjects. It is an award-winning free service, created and run by a team of information specialists from a number of universities and institutions in the United Kingdom, and its target audience is students, staff and researchers in higher and further education.

EEVL's Ejournal Search Engine for Mathematics
The EEVL (Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library) Mathematics E-Journal search engine provides full-text access to articles from 28 freely available e-journals in Mathematics.

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Multi-Subject Databases provides a gateway to information resources at the U.S. government science agencies. The site contains information resources selected by ten major science agencies as their best science information. Two major types of information are included: selected authoritative science Web sites and databases of technical reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, and other published materials. Continuously updated.

Scirus: For Scientific Information Only
Specialized search engine developed by the Elsevier Science publishing company is dedicated to indexing scientific, technical and medical information sources freely available on the web and through internet-accessible membership services. Scirus classifies indexed documents into subject areas within the sciences and excludes sites containing no scientific content.

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