NOTE: Major open access
article and research product repositories with
cost-free, full-text content appear on
Papers and Articles page of this Virtual
"Free catalogue listing the holdings of libraries across
Canada. As a national catalogue, AMICUS not only shows the
published materials held at Library and Archives Canada but
also those located in over 1300 libraries across Canada."
Libraries Gateway-- From the National
Library of Australia, a directory of and access to
the online catalogs of nearly all the academic, public,
and special libraries in Australia, Australian publishers
and booksellers, and Australian subject gateways. Use the
Trove facility to "find and get [hundreds of
millions of] Australian and online resources: books,
images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and
COPAC-- "Freely available library catalogue, giving access to the merged online catalogues of many major UK and Irish academic and National libraries, as well as increasing numbers of specialist libraries."
European Commission Library and
e-Resources Centre-- Central site maintained by the
European Commission's unit responsible for libraries and
European Documentation Centres, "an essential tool for
librarians, documentalists and researchers working on
European material." Find-eR
is "a tool for searching multiple library resources in one
interface. It includes the European Commission Library
collections, plus millions of online full-text journal
articles and eBooks."
European Library-- "The European Library is a membership organisation for national and research libraries. Its members include 48 national libraries and an increasing number of research libraries. Through its [searchable] portal, it makes the resources of Europe's libraries, including many special collections, accessible to the public." Also offers a directory of links to the libraries of Europe.
Gateway to Library Catalogs-- From the U.S. Library of Congress, allows access to and search of the Library of Congress catalog, plus links to many academic and national libraries.
The Global Research Landscape: Resources for Locating International Publications-- Review article about "a core set of general resources, reference services, and search tools," with many recommendations and hyperlinks, from the May 2013 issue of College and Research Libraries News, of the American Library Association.
Library Catalog-- On this site you can search the
joint library holdings of the World Bank Group and the
International Monetary Fund, the publications of these
organizations, and related resources.
Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog-- "Meta search interface for more than 500 million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs worldwide... which allows you to access library and book trade catalogs online via Internet... starts a simultaneous search in the catalogs and gives you a standardized hit list."
LibGuides Community Site-- Enter a search term to access hundreds of thousands of bibliographic reference guides in thousands of libraries around the world that use the Springshare LibGuides system. Very useful. Three good examples are the LibGuides of Data Planet, NATO, and the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources.
Libraries.org-- Searchable "directory of libraries worldwide. Each listing includes links to the library's website and online catalog [and also] the geographic location, address, library type, current and previous library automation systems used, and the size of the library's collection."
Open Library-- With the goal of "One web page for every book ever published," a massive and searchable cataloging project (since 2007) that provides online access to millions of scanned versions of books and links to external sources when scanned versions are not possible.
Public Libraries.com-- By listing and linking all U.S. public, college, and presidential library websites, this site "strives to promote the use and support of local public libraries in every city across the United States."
WorldCat-- "The largest library
network in the world. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to
providing access to their free resources on the Web, where
most people start their search for information... This Web
site lets you find an item of interest and then locate a
library near you that owns it." Also indicates location of
free and for-fee materials (such as books, music, and
videos) on the Internet-- a fine resource for materials in
• British Library of Political and
Economic Science-- "The working Library of the
London School of Economics and Political Science and
one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to
the economic and social sciences." Note especially the
many papers posted at LSE
Research Online, "a [searchable] collection of
research produced by LSE academics: articles, working
papers, book chapters, conference papers and more."
• British Library Website-- Online
service of the British Library, where you can "Explore
the World's Knowledge."
• Dag Hammarskjöld Library--
From the United Nations Department of Public
Information, with material available online. Of
particular note are the United Nations Libraries Research
Guides, for an overview of the various types
of U.N. documents and publications. Also consult UN-I-QUE:
United Nations Info Quest for quick access to
document symbols/sales numbers for U.N. materials
• Library of the United Nations Office
at Geneva-- Site allows access to information on
Library holdings (searchable online catalog), recent
acquisitions, archives, bibliographies,
publications, e-resources, U.N. system
resources, special events, and more.
Library of Congress site has a wealth of useful
online resources. Try the Research
and Reference Services page and the Online
Catalog. The Gateway to Library Catalogs allows
access to and search of the Library of Congress catalog,
plus links to many academic and national libraries. For
ongoing updates, consult the Library
of Congress blogs. Note, for bibliographic
purposes, that the Library has posted online a huge free
dataset of its holdings,
"including books, serials, computer files, manuscripts,
maps, music and visual materials."
of Ulster Library-- Especially helpful with
Northern Ireland and United Kingdom information. Look
for the CAIN Web Service (Conflict
Archive on the INternet), on the Northern Ireland
conflict since 1968.