Digital Libraries - Digital Collections
The listing below contains either multi-disciplinary online collections or very large specialized digital libraries.
American Heritage Virtual Archive Project
A Prototype "Virtual Archive" of Encoded Finding Aids
"will investigate one of the most serious problems facing knowledge seekers everywhere, the geographic distribution of both collections of primary source material and the written guides describing and providing access to them. We propose to solve this problem by creating a prototype 'virtual archive', integrating into a single source, hundreds of archival finding aids describing and providing access to a large body of primary source materials from collections documenting American culture and history held by four major academic research libraries [Duke University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Virginia]. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of providing both scholars and average American citizens with user-friendly, universal Internet access to the research collections of the world."
Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
"The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a NASA-funded project which maintains three bibliographic databases containing more than 4.8 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, and ArXiv e-prints."
California Digital Library
A Co-Library of the campuses of the University of California
DAREnet - Digital Academic Repositories (English or Nederlands)
"...is a search service which gives free access to academic research output in the Netherlands. This is a broad collection which guarantees digital accessibility to the full text without any restrictions. DAREnet consists of 82210 digital objects...All Dutch universities, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) participate."
DBNL (Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren) (Dutch)
"The Digital Library of Dutch Literature is a collection of primary and secondary information on Dutch language and literature in its historical, societal and cultural context."
Digital Library Federation (DLF)
"The site offers you information about developing digital collections and managing networked information for the benefit of scholarship, education, and cultural progress ... The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering in the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services."
Digital Library of Georgia
"...is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, audio, video, and other materials."
Digital South Asia Library
Sections of this important international effort include: Reference Resources ; Bibliographies and Union Lists ; Images ; Indexes ; Maps ; Books and Journals ; Statistics ; Other Internet Resources.
Health science Ejournal information from the National Library of Medicine
Electronic Literature Directory
"A descriptive guide to 2353 works, 1196 authors, and 193 publishers."
Accessible Online E-Publishing
"The EServer (founded in 1990 as the English Server) attempts to provide an alternative niche for quality work. We offer 42 collections on such diverse topics as contemporary art, race, 18th century literary criticism, internet studies, sexuality, drama, design, gender studies and current political and social issues. In addition to written works, we publish hypertext, audio and even video recordings."
"over 3,2500,000 publications and 315 identities already on file..."
"...is a site that exists to facilitate the dissemination and discussion of academic research. It has numerous features, but at its core, it consists of two things: a database and a discussion forum. What makes getCITED's database truly unique is that it lets scholars and researchers decide what its content should be. What makes its discussion forum truly unique is the fact that, within the comments posted, you can create LINKS to PUBLICATIONS and IDENTITIES within the getCITED database."
Superintendent of Documents Home Page
"GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version..."
Full-Text Scientific Report Literature
"The GrayLIT Network makes the gray literature of U.S. Federal Agencies easily accessible over the Internet. It taps into the search engines of distributed gray literature collections, enabling the user to find information without first having to know the sponsoring agency...The GrayLIT Network is the world's most comprehensive portal to Federal gray literature."
The Great Books
"From the ancient classics to the masterpieces of the 20th century, the Great Books are all the introduction youíll ever need to the ideas, stories, and discoveries that have shaped modern civilization."
- The Access Foundation
"A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of free, full-text, peer-reviewed content, with 966 journals and 1,395,813 free, full-text articles online. With our partner publishers we produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals."
ibiblio - the public's library and digital archive
A collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Internet Public Library
Hosted by the University of Michigan's School of Information the IPL serves as both a training ground for librarians and students to learn about and use digital resources as well as functioning as a traditional public library in the dissemination of information to a diverse community.
Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL)
"...is a digital library of primary sources and access aids selected by Kentucky archivists representing 15 Kentucky colleges, universities, libraries and historical society repositories. The Kentuckiana Digital Library collection currently comprises archival collection finding aids, electronic texts, digital photographs, and digital audio files."
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
"This site features links to online exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, and historical societies, as well as to museum online exhibitions with a significant focus on library and archival materials."
- A Project of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
New York Public Library Digital Collection
Includes the Digital Schomerg collections of Images of African Americans from the 19th Century, and African American Women Writers of the 19th Century. The site also contains a very diverse collection of Online Exhibits detailing the social history of New York and the United States.
New Zealand Digital Library
"Our web site provides several document collections, including historical documents, humanitarian and development information, computer science technical reports and bibliographies, literary works, and magazines."
- The University of Waikato
The Open Video Project (OV)
"The 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."
Genres include: Documentary ; Educational ; Ephemeral ; Historical ; Lecture ; Other.
SciILO - Scientific Electronic Library Online
"...Online is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet. Especially conceived to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries, it provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scientific literature, contributing to overcome the phenomena known as "lost science". In addition, the SciELO model comprises integrated procedures for the measurement of usage and impact of scientific journals."
Smithsonian Online Collections
"Over the past few years the Smithsonian has been digitizing its catalogues and has been appending images to these records. The On-Line Collections site is the portal through which these collections will ultimately be accessed. You will be able to use the portal site to search for topics or collections across the museums, allowing the user to locate and browse the Smithsonianís treasures."
UC Berkeley Digital Library Project
"The project's goal is to develop the technologies for intelligent access to massive, distributed collections of photographs, satellite images, maps, full text documents, and "multivalent" documents."
Includes a collection of Environmental Documents.
University of California Press - eScholarship Editions
"The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books [about 500 available to the public] from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction."
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