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Books. Book open to page of text and photograph of U.S. Capitol with hand and letter opener.
ca. 1920-1950.
Prints and Photographs Division.
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LC-H814- 1557-001

While many scholarly library and information science publications are still available only in print or through subscription databases, there are a growing number of free online repositories and other full-text resources available on the Web. This page highlights major sources of Web-based, full-text content in the field.

Online Dictionaries

IFLA Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations and Useful Links

A glossary of major library terms and abbreviations prepared by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' Section on Bibliography.

Multilingual Glossary of Terms

A glossary of library science terminoloy designed specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) users. The Language Table lists each term in English followed by the equivalent term as written in six other languages (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Arabic). Compiled by members of the Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Instruction Section.

Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science (ODLIS)

A major resource for terminology used in all types of libraries. With more than 4,000 terms and cross-references, the dictionary's content has been carefully selected and includes terms from publishing, printing, literature, and computer science where, in the author's judgment, they are relevant to both library professionals and laypersons.

Online Repositories


Australia's major online repository, Trove provides information about millions of resources collected by Australia’s libraries, universities, research repositories, and cultural institutions. Materials that can be found, many of which have been digitized, include books, theses, reports, research articles, raw data sets, book chapters, conference proceedings, maps, and audio-visual materials.


An archive of the papers and publications of the professional staff at Caltech. Browse by Research Group to find publications in the field of library and information science.


CiteSeerX is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. More than 1.5 million documents and 30.8 million citations are available.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

A directory of more than 2,600 academic open access repositories, including more than 119 related to library and information science.

E-LIS: E-prints in Library and Information Science

E-LIS is an open access archive for scientific or technical documents, published or unpublished, on librarianship, information science and technology, and related areas. More than 16,000 documents are currently available.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

ERIC provides free access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. Issues from a number of library science journals are indexed, including Library Media Connection, Library Journal, and Library Trends. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open archive resources. OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.

OCLC Research Publications Repository

This repository contains works produced, sponsored, or submitted by OCLC Research. In general, the works are research-oriented and are in the subject area of library and information science. Many items describe OCLC Research projects, activities, and programs and were originally published by OCLC, while others are from peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

PubMed Central

Includes publications from the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, the Medical Library and Historical Handbook, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association, which are relevant for many librarians outside of the field of medical librarianship.

Social Science Research Network e-Library: SSRN e-Library

Includes more than 350,000 abstracts of scholarly papers and 285,000 open source documents in the fields of information systems, accounting, economics, financial economics, corporate governance, health economics, entrepreneurship, management, legal scholarship, cognitive science, political science, and humanities. Use SSRN's Advanced Search page to conduct a search for publications related to library and information science, or browse its classification codes by subject (e.g., Information Services; Computer Software).

Free Databases


eLibraryUSA provides full-text access to a number of subscription databases, including Academic OneFile; Britannica Library; Digital Literacy; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text; Teacher Reference Center, and others of interest to library science students and professionals. To access these databases, you must be a member of an Information Resource Center (IRC). IRCs are designed to provide authoritative information to foreign government officials, journalists, researchers, and others with a professional or scholarly interest in the United States. Once you identify the nearest Information Resource Center to you, contact it directly to find out how you can become a member. See eLibraryUSA's Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Google Scholar

Search for scholarly literature in the field of library and information science and other disciplines. Sources include peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Some publications are available for free; others can be purchased online.

JSTOR - Early Journal Content

JSTOR's Early Journal Content (EJC) includes nearly 500,000 freely accessible articles published in the United States before 1923 and in other countries before 1870. Content from the more than 200 journals in EJC includes materials related to library and information science, including issues of Bulletin of the American Library Association (now American Libraries) from 1907-1922. Users may choose to browse the free Early Journal Content or use the Advanced Search option to search across all content and limit results to “Only content I can access.” See JSTOR's EJC video tutorial and FAQ for further details.

JSTOR's EJC is also available through the Internet Archive.

JSTOR - Register & Read

JSTOR's Register & Read program allows scholars and researchers free access to articles from a selected list of JSTOR publications. Currently, approximately 1,200 journals from more than 700 publishers are part of the program. Free registration is required to search Register & Read content, and access is limited to three articles every two weeks. Titles of interest include Bulletin of the American Library Association, American Libraries, and MELA Notes.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

A freely searchable database for anyone interested in libraries and information management. This database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Full-text articles from LISTA are available to members of an Information Resource Center through eLibraryUSA.

ROI and Investment Bibliography

A bibliography of more than 400 items, some available online, that explore the value of libraries. Includes accounts of individual library assessment projects, general discussions of conceptual approaches to assessing library value and return on investment, and descriptions of specific methods for evaluating the positive outcomes of providing a wide variety of library resources and services.

Online Periodicals

Directory of Open Access Journals, Library and Information Science

Provides access to more than 140 free, full-text periodicals in the field of library and information science.

College & Research Libraries (C&RL)

A complete archive of C&RL issues from its beginnings in 1939 through the current issue.

Online Books

See this guide's Frequently Asked Questions related to full-text books at the Library of Congress and other sources for online books.


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