All of the links on this page lead to search options open to the
public. Some offer full text online for free and some offer full
text but charge a fee for the download. Others, and this includes
most of the library collections catalogs and research databases,
provide only citations, or in some cases, citations and abstracts.
If you find that you need the full text of something that you have
found in a catalog-only source, and it is not available locally,
there are still three basic options open to you:
General Research Links
Social Science Research Links
Folklore Research Links
A few Online Book Purchase Options
- The Library of Congress
The library of Congress has, besides its huge online catalog,
a surprisingly divserse range of primary and historical sources
available as full text and image downloads at no charge.
Includes online catalog, a few research databases available to
of Pennsylvania Libraries
This is a good source for folklore specific as well as general
- The Selected
Web Sites are fairly comprehensive and there is a section
of links for folklore.
- Carl Uncover
Offers free database search of scholarly articles database. The
full text of articles, is available on a fee for download basis.
- Note: According to a press release on the website, Ingenta
bought Uncover in January of 2000. Expect changes.
This is a gateway to subcriber journals. You can perform searches
for free. Fees for journal subscriptions or pay-per-use are determined
seperately by each journal.
This is a great source for newspaper articles from around the
United States and Canada. All articles can be downloaded for a
One of the earliest and most established web-based booksellers.
They have recently opened a university section, and have branches
in the UK and Germany.
- Barnes and Noble.
Currently Barnes and Noble is eating all the
University Bookstores on the East Coast. However, online service
and prices are comparable to Amazon and other major online booksellers.
Another walk-in bookstore chain with a significant
This site searches over 40 bookstores to
find the best price for any book you search. If you have a preferred
online bookseller, this probably isn't worth your time for new