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A great guide from Kent State:


Writing and  Citing: 

An alternative to NoodleTools: Citation Machine 

Go here for a great resource from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL): Purdue OWL 


Best of the Free Web: 

American History:  

Library of Congress digital collections: 

NY Public Library digital collections:  

US Government portal: 



When you’re looking for a complete article or book online, use one of these search engines to narrow your focus.  


Google Scholar – Search the free web specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, reprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.


Online University - a site that describes the Invisible Web and offers links to subject-specific online sources.  (Compiled by Brent Sanders) Open DOAR directory of academic open access repositories. The Westchester Academic Library offers fantastic access to many repositories: personal narratives, music, chemistry, environment, education, 


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - free access to the full text of over 3,300 journals in the science and humanities/social sciences


Free Medical Journals - current health-related journals.


PubMed Central - 'PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.


Bookshelf - Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical books that can be searched directly, offered by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


HighWire Press - from the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of peer-reviewed content, with more than 1000 scholarly journals: Biology, Medicine, Physics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Religion – Free magazines online, including both current and back editions.


Google Book Search - If a book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given 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.


 International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) - ICDL is a 'public library for the world's children,’ featuring thousands of free children's books online that are written in 37 different languages.


Project Gutenberg Free eBook Library- Michael Hart (no relation to our own Mr. Hart) started Project Gutenberg to bring literary works that are in the public domain to the Internet,


The National Academies Press (NAP)'s 'Open Book' - The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book, while others can be purchased.


The Open Library - Books are scanned  for free reading online. If they're in the public domain, the books can be downloaded, shared and printed for free. It will also locate libraries via WorldCat that own copies of print books. 

The Internet Archive - The Internet Archive (IA) is widely known for its 'Wayback Machine' service, allowing us to 'visit archived versions of Web sites' by typing in a URL. Its goal is to build a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.