Use the following databases to find abstracts, full text articles and reference information. Databases marked as "open access" are free and are accessible from anywhere.  Access to Full Text from the databases not marked as "open access" is only available from networked Museum computers and off-site via the proxy server. 

Museum Staff: please see the Off-site Access to E-Resources for more information on using our proxy server. Also, please be aware of the usage restrictions that apply to licensed resources.

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AATA Online (Art and Technology Technical Abstracts) (Open Access)
Index (with abstracts) of articles relevant to the conservation of cultural materials.

AGRICOLA (NAL Catalog) (Open Access)
Index of articles relevant to agriculture and allied disciplines.

Anthropology Plus
Index combining Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Index with links to full-text for all American Anthropological Association journals.

A digital library of images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.

Atlases, Gazetteers, GIS, and Maps (Open Access)
Directory of links to atlas, map, and gazetteer resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.

BCIN (Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network) (Open Access)
Index of articles relevant to the conservation and restoration of cultural materials.

Bibliography and Index of Micropaleontology (Open Access)
Index of articles relevant to the study of microscopic fossils.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
Index of articles intended for students and scholars interested in any aspect, discipline or sub-region of Asia. Through its extensive bibliographical coverage, it is a means for discovering citations and the full-text of Western-language journal articles, review articles, conference proceedings and chapters in edited volumes and Festschriften published anywhere in the world that deal with East, Southeast and South Asia and with the overseas Asian communities.

Biblioteca Digital Cubana de Geociencias [Cuban Digital Library of Geosciences] (Open Access)
Collection of more than 300 PDFs on Cuban geology, paleontology, Jurassic of Cuba, geophysics, geography, mining, speleology and other related subjects.

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

Biodiversity Informatics from the AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (Open Access)
Provides resources for utilizing information technologies in biodiversity research and applications.

BioInformation Science Consortium (BISC) eReference Directory (Open Access)
A directory of web resources from many areas of the natural and biological sciences collected by library reference staff at BISC member institutions.

BioMedCentral (Open Access)
Collection of e-journals relevant to biomedical research published free and online by BioMed Central.

Collection of e-journals published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences member societies (and related organizations).

Birds of World Online
A research database that brings together content from Birds of North America, The Handbook of Birds of the World, Neotropical Birds, and Bird Families of the World with millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library into a single platform where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on birds.

Cambridge Journals Online
Collection of e-journals published by Cambridge University Press.

Columbia Gazetteer
A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (Open Access)
Collection of free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service
Collection of e-journals published by various scholarly publishers.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) (Open Access)
Index (with abstracts) of materials relevant to education research and practice.

eHRAF World Cultures
eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life.

Elsevier ScienceDirect
Collection of e-journals published by Elsevier Science, Academic Press, and several other publishers.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Encyclopedia covering a wide range of topics.

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) (Open Access)

Contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

GeoKniga  (Open Access)
Provides full text open access to books on geology, paleontology, geochemistry, mineralogy, as well as related subjects and geological maps.

GEOnet Names Server (Open Access)
Presents a database of foreign geographic names, approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN).

Index of articles, books, reports, etc. relevant to geology and geophysics.

Collection of geoscience e-journals presented by several leading geoscientific organizations

GoogleScholar (Open access)
Search engine of scholarly literature from a wide variety of sources including academic publishers, professional societies, and university repositories.

Grant Forward(Open access)
Directory of federal and private funding opportunities.

GreenFILE (Open Access)
Index of scholarly and general interest titles relevant to the relationship between humans and the environment.

Index Animalium  (Open Access)
Searchable list of generic and specific names applied by authors to animals from 1758 to 1850.

Index to Organism Names(ION)  (Open Access)
Contains all the animal, plant, and virus names data found within the Thomson BIOSIS literature databases (Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, and Biological Abstracts).

International Code of Zoological Nomenclature  (Open Access)
Provides rules and guidelines for assigning scientific names to animals.

IUCN Publications  (Open Access)
Authoritative publications, reports, guidelines and databases for conservation and sustainable development.

Retrospective collection of e-journals presented by JSTOR's scholarly journal archive.

LISTA- Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts  (Open Access)
Index (with abstracts) of articles covering topics in librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, etc.

Morphobank (Open Access)
MorphoBank is an online database and workspace for evolutionary research, specifically systematics (the science of determining the evolutionary relationships among species).

NASA Astrophysics Data System  (Open Access)
Index (with abstracts) of articles covering topics in astrophysics.

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)  (Open Access)
Access to NASA's current and historical technical literature and engineering results.

Natural History Guides to the Web/Portals  (Open Access)
Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Library staff.

Natural History Reference Sources  (Open Access)
Directory of links to natural history resources compiled by Adam Schiff at University of Washington Libraries.

Nomenclator Zoologicus  (Open Access)
A searchable database of the names of genera and subgenera in zoology from the tenth edition of Linnaeus (1758).

OpenDOAR  (Open Access)
Searchable directory of academic open access (free) article repositories.

Open Science Directory  (Open Access)
Search tool for finding open access (free) journals and for finding subscription journals that are free for developing countries through registration with special programs.

Oxford English Dictionary
Authoritative dictionary of the English language that includes etymological analysis for each word.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (Open Access)
Directory of links to map and gazetteer resources compiled by the Map Library at the University of Texas.

PubMed (Open Access)
Index of articles on biomedical topics. (Open Access)
Gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.

Science Tracer Bullet (from Library of Congress) (Open Access)
Contains research guides that help in locating information on science and technology subjects.

SORA - Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (Open Access)
A retrospective index with full text articles from several major ornithological journals.

Springer Link
Collection of e-journals published by Springer-Verlag and Birkauser.

Teacher Reference Center- TRC (Open Access)
Index of articles relevant to assessment, continuing education, curriculum development, pedagogical research, instructional media, science and math, etc.

TOXLINE (Open Access)
Index (with abstract) of articles pertaining to drugs and other chemicals.

Wiley Online Library 
Collection of e-journals published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

WorldCat Database
Database containing millions of records of books, journals, and other materials cataloged by OCLC member libraries. (Open Access)
Database containing millions of records of books, journals, and other materials by a network of libraries. This version has fewer features than the subscription version of WorldCat (see above). (Open Access)
Global science gateway to domestic and international science databases with primarily free content.

Zoological Record via ISI's Web of Knowledge
Index of articles, proceedings, theses, etc. relevant to zoology.