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Encyclopedias, dictionaries

  • The Free Dictionary by Farlex click aici - reference
  • Martindale's Language and Translation Center click aici - reference
    Gateway site links to dozens of open access English and Old English dictionaries and language tools
  • Oxford Living English Dictionary click aici - reference
  • Websters 1913 click aici - reference
    The connoisseur's reference to American English - a dictionary for writers and wordsmiths
  • Websters Dictionary of the English Language 1828 online edition click aici - reference
    This dictionary contains the foundation of America's heritage and principal beliefs. It is contemporary with the American Constitution.
  • OneLook Dictionary Search click aici - reference
    Searches over 1,060 different online dictionaries
  • Signing Savvy click aici - reference
    Dictionary allows you to look up video snippets of thousands of ASL signs
  • Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary Online click aici - reference
    Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.
  • Online Etymology Dictionary click aici - reference
    This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
  • Lexicool click aici - reference
    Directory of over 8.000 bilingual and multilingual translation dictionaries, translation and language resources
  • Cambridge Dictionary Online click aici - reference
    This includes a general English dictionary, Grammar, bilingual dictionaries (Spanish, German, French, Indonesian) and semi-bilingual dictionaries (Chinese, Japanese, Italian and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Life click aici - reference
  • Encyclopedia Mythica click aici - reference
  • Medline  Medical Encyclopedia click aici - reference
  • Encyclopedia of Symbols click aici - reference
  • Columbia Encyclopedia click aici - reference


  • France et Angleterre 700-1200 click aici - manuscripts
  • DIGIVATLIB. Manuscripts of  Vatican click aici - manuscripts
  • Bibliotheque Mazarine (acces provizoriu sub Gallica) click aici - incunables, manuscripts, livre rare
  • Manuscrits (BNFrance) (acces sub Gallica) click aici - manuscripts
  • Digital Special Collections (Univ. of Sheffield) click aici - rare books
  • Islamic Manuscripts Collections (OA) click aici - manuscripts
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library click aici - manuscripts
  • Medievalia (RO) click aici - manuscripts
  • British Library. Manuscripts click aici - printing
  • Bibliotheca Palatina - digital click aici - manuscripts
    One of the most important collections of German manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. All of the 848 Codices Palatini germanici are now available online with a total of 270.000 pages and 7.000 miniatures.
  • Early Manuscripts at Oxford University click aici - manuscripts
    Access to over 80 early manuscripts in high resolution digital images
  • E-codices. Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland click aici
    Access to the medieval codices in Switzerland (659 manuscripts)
  • Codices Electronici Sangallenses (CESG) click aici
    The Abbey Library of St. Gall online with high resolution digital images, searchable manuscript descriptions, and digital versions of entire manuscripts
  • E- rara click aici - rare books
    Access to several Swiss digital collections, printed materials from the 16th Century, Astronomy, Architecture, and Urban Planning (83725 titles are available)
  • MDZ. Munchener Digitale Bibliothek click aici - manuscripts, old
    It provides one of the largest and fastest growing digital collections in Germany, now comprising titles available online. Access is free of charge!
  • CORSAIR.  The Morgan Library and Museum click aici - manuscripts
    Access to over 330,000 records for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare and reference books, literary and historical manuscripts, music scores, ancient seals and tablets, drawings, prints, and other art objects
  • CICLE (Corpus of Classic Latin Incunabula in Spain) click aici - incunabula
    Incunable editions of Latin classics produced in printing presses located in Spain from the 1470s till 1500, including printings in Latin and in translation
  • BASE (portal) click aici - manuscripts & rare books

Images for Academic Use (OA)

  • Art Images for College Teaching click aici - images
    Images of art and architectural works in the public domain made available on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large. Emphasis on ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture.
  • Art Institute of Chicago click aici - images
    Over 40,000 images from the collection available for download under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
  • Artstor click aici - images
    Powered by Artstor, this freely accessible platform includes over 1 million images, videos, documents, and audio files. 
  • Artsy Education click aici - images
    An educational resource containing 85,000+ digital images of artworks and architecture (25,000+ downloadable) , including one of the largest collections of contemporary art. Offers tips related to downloading, exploring, and teaching with digital images.
  • Britsh Library In Flickr Commons click aici - images
    Over 1,000,000 images in the public domain scanned from 17-19th century books, including maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more.
  • CC Search click aici - Portal images
    Tool that searches over 300 million images from publicly available repositories of open content, including Europeana, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Rijksmuseum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and more.
  • College Art Association click aici - images
    A select list of sources for ‘Free Images for Academic/ Scholarly Use’
  • Digital Public Library of America click aici - images
    Refine your search to images from America's leading libraries, archives, and museums in this aggregate of online digital collections, containing over 650,000 images.
  • Google Art Project click aici - artworks
    Collaborative open-access project between Google and over 150 art partners worldwide. "Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share."
  • International Advertising & Design Database (IAADDB) click aici - images
    Includes high resolution scans of advertisements, posters, magazines, as well as streaming commercials.
  • Wellcome Images click aici - images
    Over 100,000 images available for free download as hi-res images, including historical content such as manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements and 'themes around medicine and the wider history of health.'
  • Wikimedia Commons click aici - Portal
    An aggregate of a number of institutions' free content.
    Specialised Image Collections by Topic:
  • Scholars Resource click aici - images
    Offers 116,000 digital images of works of art to supplement teaching in Ancient Art, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Non-Western, Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Nineteenth Century, Impressionism, American Art, Art of the Americas and Contemporary Art and Architecture. Digital Image Sets are viewable and images may be purchased individually. Please contact the Arts Resources Specialist for more details.
  • Visual Collections  Site ( Cartography Associates) click aici - images
    Over 50 collections and 300,000 images from museums, universities, and private collections worldwide. Topics divided into Cartography, Fine Arts, Architecture, Photography, etc. images from Museums, Universities and private collections throughout the world.
  • Brown University  in Art & Architecture Images click aici - images
    An annotated compilation list that includes notes when images are freely available.
  • Purchase College Library (Find Images) click aici - images
    Divided by subject: Art, News & Historical, Science
  • University of Minnesota Libraries- Images Collections Guides click aici - images
    Comprehensive images guides divided by subject: Arts, Humanities, Professional Programs (Architecture/ Journalism/ Marketing/ Apparel), Agricultural Biological & Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, University/ Regional/ Creative Commons, Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering
  • Symbols.Com click aici - images
    Contains 2,500+ Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics ranging from ancient ideograms to hobo signs and subway graffiti. Includes articles of symbol histories, uses, and meanings.
  • Maya Cities of the Puuc Region, Yucatán, Mexico: Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, & Labná click aici - images
    Provides 19th and early 20th century drawings, prints, and photographs, most rare or previously unpublished, revealing how sites were imaged by early explorers and scholars. Plus over 1000 recent photographs with descriptive captions.
  • History of Medicine click aici - images
    60,000 images from the prints and photography collection of the History of Medicine Division (US National Library of Medicine)
  • Life Photo Archive click aici - images
    Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.
  • Mary Evans Picture Library click aici - images
    Provides professionals with a growing collection of historic pictures for reproduction to support their archive. Image collections divided into categories of: art and costume, beliefs, events, portraits, science and medicine, trade and industry, social sciences, places and nature, politics and law, sports and entertainment, places and nature, transport. Registration to access the site is required.
  • National Gallery of Arts click aici - images
  • Museum of  New Zealand click aici - images
  • NASA Image Galleries click aici - images
    Official NASA photographs, including astronauts, space shuttles, the moon landing, and more.

Dissertations &Theses

  • Dissertations &Theses (OA) click aici - theses
    Over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 5,218,230 theses and dissertations

    • US (85841)
    • UK (28476)
    • Canada (16365)
    • Brazil (14030)
    • Australia (8913)
    • Finland (7450)
    • South Africa (7444)
    • Sweden (6554)
    • France (5722)
    • Netherlands (5369)
    • New Zeeland (3902)
    • Portugal (3094)
    • Germany (2373)
    • Spain (2218)
    • Grece (2040)
  • ProQuest D&T (OA)  click aici - theses
  • EBSCO.Open Dissertations  click aici - theses
    1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.
  • GLOBAL ETD SEARCH  click aici - theses
    Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. (Search the 5,976,629 electronic theses and dissertations contained in the NDLTD archive)
  • Swedish University Dissertatios click aici - theses
    Search and download 76764 doctoral PHD dissertations from Sweden. In English. For free.
  • W&M Scholar Works click aici - theses
  • DART Europe E-theses Portal click aici - theses
    Access to 881,016 open access research theses from 534 Universities in 26 European countries
  • EThOS e-theses online click aici - theses
    British Library : search over 500,000 UK doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.
  • Duke University click aici - theses
    4677 theses OA
  • Universitty of Pennsylvania click aici - theses
  • IDEALS. University of Illinois click aici - theses

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