Free Open Access Databases

A list of free Open- Access databases for the IAU community to use. 


Agricola (Agricultural Online Access) 

A database produced by the National Agricultural Library (NAL), contains over 6 million records encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied discipline.


BC Stats

BC Stats is the provincial government’s leader in statistical and economic research, information and analysis. We can help you increase overall business performance by providing the information you need to make effective decisions.


Bioline International Journals

Bioline International is a non-profit cooperative that operates an online platform for sharing works by peer-reviewed open access bioscience journals published in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America.

Organized by various business categories, this site provides links to full text business articles on the web.


EBSCO Open Dissertations

Access To Theses and Dissertations on Various Subjects



EconBiz has an incredibly useful research skills section, with resources such as: Guided Walk, a service to help students and researchers navigate searches, evaluate sources, and correctly cite references; the Research Guide EconDesk, a help desk to answer specific questions and provide advice to aid in literature searches; and the Academic Career Kit for what they refer to as Early Career Researchers.


Fed in Print

Contains citations and some full text of articles, monographs, and working papers written by Federal Reserve researchers from 1960 to present.


Federal Reserve

Information about interest rates, monetary policy, and economic indicators for both consumers and financial professionals.


FRED Economic Data

Download, graph, and track 627,000 US and international time series from 89 sources.


GALE General Onefile

Video tutorial on how to conduct research using the Gale database.



Global Business Knowledge



Current and historical trade releases, international market research, and country analyses.


Google Scholar

Free access to research papers on a variety of subjects



Database of more than 300,000 economic books, articles and working papers, many with downloadable full text.


IMF Publications

Searchable database of the IMF’s economic reports, country studies, and working papers, most with full text.


International Financial Statistics

The International Financial Statistics (IFS) database is part of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) eLibrary Data. IFS is a standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance.



Financial Education



JSTOR helps students explore a wide range of scholarly content through a powerful research and teaching platform. JSTOR collaborates with the academic community to help libraries connect students and faculty to vital content while lowering costs and increasing shelf space, provide independent researchers with free and low-cost access to scholarship, and help publishers reach new audiences and preserve their content for future generations. 


MBA Depot

Started by a business student for business students, the primary goal of this site is to cut through the clutter of the Internet and tame information overload by bringing you the noteworthy, not the noise. Jeff Blum, an MBA graduate, regularly combs through loads of business publications and hand-picks the best articles so you can save valuable time while keeping up with the best management thinking. 


Peterson Institute for International Economics

Dedicated to strengthening prosperity and human welfare in the global economy through expert analysis and practical policy solutions.



The EDGAR database provides free public access to corporate information, allowing you to research a public company’s financial information and operations by reviewing the filings the company makes with the SEC. You can also research information provided by mutual funds (including money market funds), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and variable annuities.


SSRN eLibrary

Search over half a million articles in the humanities, social sciences, and business.


The Business Journals

includes local news, business stories throughout the U.S.


The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is a US project aimed at providing public access to digital holdings in order to create a large-scale public digital library. It officially launched on April 18, 2013, after 2.5 years of development.


The Online Books Page

Listing over 3 million free books on the Web



Information And Articles on Business-to-Business Issues and Trends


TradeStats Express

National and international trade statistics


UN iLibrary

Online Digital Library Provided by The United Nations Containing Reports on Issues around The World Including Economics by Country and International Trade and Finance


Christian Websites


Logos by Faithlife

Contains many free Christian resources including books and magazine articles.  It also provides software that can be downloaded onto the user’s device and used as an app.  

Usage guide: Logos Bible Software


Research in Ministry

A thesis and dissertation abstract database where users can search for and share the outcomes of research conducted in programs of study related to ministry, theology, and religion.


World Christian Database

The World Christian Database provides comprehensive statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and people groups.


General Subject


Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE)

Another dedicated academic search engine, BASE offers access to more than 140 million documents from more than 6,000 sources. Around 60% of these documents are open access, and you can filter results to see only research that is available for free online.


Congressional Research Service Reports

This database contains a variety of recently written products to Congress, including the CRS’s well-known reports that provide in-depth research and analysis (internally defined as R-series reports).



A multidisciplinary aggregator of open access research. It allows users to search more than 66 million open access articles. While most of these link to the full-text article on the original publisher’s site, five million records are hosted directly on CORE.


Digital Commons Network 

The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.


Digital Library of Commons

 A multidisciplinary journal repository that allows users to check thousands of free and open access articles from around the world. You can browse by document type, date, author, title, and more or search for keywords relevant to your topic.


Digital Library of America

“DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.”


DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

Peer reviewed articles in full text from a variety of disciplines



GreenFILE is a free research database covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.


eScholarship by University of California

eScholarships provides open-access publishing services to the University of California and delivers a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide.


E-Theses Online Services 

Run by the British Library, EThOS is a database of over 500,000 doctoral theses. More than half of these are available for free, either directly via EThOS or via a link to a university website.;jsessionid=19C1C6C5C9881C4221BE4E229EF30676



A multidisciplinary search engine, JURN provides links to various scholarly websites, articles, and journals that are free to access or OA. Covering the fields of the arts, humanities, business, law, nature, science, and medicine, JURN has indexed almost 5,000 repositories to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.


National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent agency of the United States government charged with the preservation and documentation of government and historical records. It is also tasked with increasing public access to those documents which make up the National Archive.



OpenDOAR, or the Directory of Open Access Repositories, is a comprehensive resource for finding free OA journals and articles. Using Google Custom Search, OpenDOAR combs through OA repositories around the world and returns relevant research in all disciplines.


Open Library Textbooks

Open textbooks are licensed by authors and publishers to be freely used and adapted. Download, edit and distribute them at no cost.



Multi-disciplinary aggregator of peer-reviewed Open Access journals and papers, “gold” and “hybrid”.


Public Library of Science

Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a big player in the world of OA science. Publishing 12 OA journals, the nonprofit organization is committed to facilitating openness in academic research. According to the site, “all PLOS content is at the highest possible level of OA, meaning that scientific articles are immediately and freely available to anyone, anywhere.” PLOS outlines four fundamental goals that guide the organization: break boundaries, empower researchers, redefine quality, and open science. All PLOS journals are peer-reviewed, and all 12 journals uphold rigorous ethical standards for research, publication, and scientific reporting. PLOS does not offer advanced search options. Content is organized by topic into research communities that users can browse through, in addition to options to search for both articles and journals. The PLOS website also has resources for peer reviewers, including guidance on becoming a reviewer and on how to best participate in the peer review process.



Functioning as a research and publishing network, ScienceOpen offers OA to more than 74 million articles in all areas of science. Although you do need to register to view the full text of articles, registration is free. The advanced search function is highly detailed, allowing you to find exactly the research you’re looking for.


Semantic Scholar 

An “intelligent” academic search engine. It uses machine learning to prioritize the most important research, which can make it easier to find relevant literature. Or, in Semantic Scholar’s own words, it uses influential citations, images, and key phrases to “cut through the clutter.”


Social Science Research Network 

The site offers more than 700,000 abstracts and more than 600,000 full-text papers. There is not yet a specific option to search for only full-text articles, but, because most of the papers on the site are free access, it’s not often that you encounter a paywall. There is currently no option to search for only peer-reviewed articles.


Vitalsource Bookshelf

The world’s leading platform for distributing, accessing, consuming, and engaging with digital textbooks and course materials. Provides access to free introductory textbooks. 

Bookshelf Access



List of items available through local libraries.


World Development Indicators

World Development Indicators is the World Bank’s premier compilation of international statistics on global development.


Statistical Sources


Data and Statistics about the U.S.

Find data about the U.S., such as demographic and economic data, population, and maps. Get information about the 2020 U.S. Census.



A number of different databases from the U.S. Census Bureau



Includes detailed statistics on nearly all metropolitan areas in the US. Based on 2000 Census data.


Explore Census Data

Databases provided by the Bureau of the Census include: Annual Survey of Manufactures, Census Tract Street Locator, USA Counties 1996, and ZIP Code Business Patterns.


Google DataSet Search

Data set Search, search engine to find data repositories on the web, and local and national governments around the world. This search engine leads to data sets wherever they are hosted, whether it is a publisher site, digital library, or an author’s personal web page.



HathiTrust contains both full text and non-full text books. Many books in HathiTrust are not available in Google Books.



Free access to citations and abstracts to articles from over 20,000 journals in a variety of subject areas. Full text is available for purchase.


PEW Research Center

Provides free access to data and reports which document the impact of the Internet and technology on American life. The site also includes government information and policy resources related to the spread of the internet.


The World Digital Library

The World Digital Library is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.


United Nations iLibrary

UN iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations