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Research Resources for Dickinson Alumni & Visitors

Dickinson does not provide access to library resources including library databases, e-books, and e-journals for alumni and visitors. There are many sources of scholarly information freely available online, however. This guide will point you toward a few of them, beyond the more obvious resources such as Google Scholar

Alumni and visitors can access many of the library's online resources via the computer stations at the Circulation Deck in Waidner-Spahr Library. 

More information about library privileges:

Kennedy School of Government Guide to Free Research Resources

This annotated list of online research tools is an excellent place to start your research project. It is organized by resource type and broad research subject areas.


A currated academic search engine that allows you to search and retrieve full text articles from more that 4,500 ejournals in the Arts & Humanities.

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JURN Short Guide to Free Academic Search

Actually, a lengthy guide to various kinds of scholarly resources in the Arts & Humanities, organized according to questions about the type of resource you're looking for, and the goal of your research.

JURN Directory of Scholarly eJournals in the Arts & Humanities

A list of scholarly ejournals, arranged by subject, that are completely free to access, or have significant amounts of free content. Note that the list is 4 columns long--be sure scroll to the right or make your browser window larger if you don't see four columns of subjects. 

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Searchable and browsable database of over 1 million open access journal articles. 


Free access to all content published before 1923, and access to 1,200 additional journals with the Register and Read program. 


Open access to hundreds of thousands of e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.


Large database of biomedical literature, though full text of articles is only sometimes available.

PLOS (Public Library Of Science) Journals

Peer-reviewed open-access journals covering a variety of fields in science and medicine.