Resources by Type: "Open Access"

Academic Torrents is an open access, community-maintained, distributed repository for datasets and scientific knowledge.

African National Congress provides both current and historical information on the ANC and South African politics and government. Offers access to a wide array of government documents, such as bills and draft bills, commission reports, Hansard, Parliamentary papers, press statements and Weekly diary, regulations, speeches by government officials, statutes, and much more.

Antislavery Literature Project is a collection of literature and history, including slave narratives, political tracts, poetry, children's literature and more, related to the antislavery movement in the United States.

Bibliography of the History of Art provides indexing and abstracts for art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs, and articles from over 4,300 periodicals published from 1975 through 2007.  Topics include European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.

Carlyle Letters Online is a collection of over 10,000 letters written by Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle. Browse their correspondence by date, by recipient, and by subject.

Chaucer Bibliography Online includes materials from the "Annotated Chaucer Bibliography" published annually in "Studies in the Age of Chaucer;" indexes articles back to 1975.

Dance Education Literature and Research Descriptive Index contains an index of literature and research from 1926 to the present that informs teaching, learning, and future directions of research in the field of dance education. It contains extensive descriptions of 4,100+ literary works including theses, dissertations, journal articles, conference proceedings and other reports from over 200+ different publications and organizations and 147 university dance programs.

Founders Online is a collection of correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the United States presented by the National Archives.  Featuring the writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.

 Getty Search Gateway contains thousands of images of artworks from the Getty Museum which are available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program.

Look for the Download button under the image.

Google Scholar finds scholarly resources on the web. If you are off campus and you use this link from the library website to get to Google Scholar, you will be able to take advantage of localized features such as "GET MORE" to link to the full text of library purchased online articles.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project, published by Fordham University, is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

Kentuckiana Digital Library provides access to online finding aids and digitized materials from archival collections across the state of Kentucky.

Music Scores and Sheet Music Online is divided into collections of Jazz and Popular Music, Classical Music Scores, and Pre-1800 Printed Editions and Manuscripts. From the UCLA Music Library.

The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together a brief description of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found.

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country's greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation's founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. The user can listen to digitized recordings, watch performances of artists interpreting and commenting on American song, and view sheet music, manuscripts, and historic copyright submissions online. The site also includes biographies, essays and curated content, interactive maps, a timeline and teaching resources offering context and expert analysis to the source material.

Listen to the changes in the “Star Spangled Banner” as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which sheet music cover art documents historical themes. Read essays discussing the histories of musical styles. Watch videos pairing sound recording with period illustrations. All this and more awaits you as the Library of Congress celebrates The Songs of America.

Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing.

– Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884)

The Walt Whitman Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman's vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers. His many notebooks, manuscript fragments, prose essays, letters, and voluminous journalistic articles all offer key cultural and biographical contexts for his poetry. The Archive sets out to incorporate as much of this material as possible, drawing on the resources of libraries and collections from around the United States and around the world.

World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.