General and Multi-Subject Reference Materials

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)
A search engine for "academic open access web resources."

Catalog of US Government Publications 
"The [Catalog of US Government Publications] is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or click on 'Advanced Search' for more options."

Census and Economic Information Center 
Offers "current, easily accessible and thorough economic and demographic analysis, maps, data, and expert assistance to meet the needs and requests of Montanans."

Digital Public Library of America 
Digital material from libraries, archives, and museums across America.

Digital material from cultural heritage institutions across Europe.

"eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant university minds across America."

"GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government."

Foundation Center 
Provides searchable information about companies willing to provide grants. 
Government information about available grants.

Internet Archive 
The Internet Archive is "a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form." It includes archived websites, video, audio, and text.

The Knowledge Bank at the Ohio State University 
The digital repository for work created by faculty, staff, and students at Ohio State University; materials include "working papers, post prints, annual reports, technical reports, proceedings of conferences, senior honors theses, digital stories, interviews, videos, images, books, newsletters and journals."

Media Channel 
" is a non-commercial and not-for-profit network of media analysis presented in the public interest." Not to be confused with

Media Matters for America
"Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media."

A search engine for open access resources from OCLC.

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web 
OFFSTATS "provides access to free statistics from official sources on the web." International in scope, with a good section on the U.S. From the University of Auckland (New Zealand) Library. Also listed under International Studies.

OpenDOAR - The Directory of Open Access Repositories
OpenDOAR provides a list and a search function of open access repositories around the world. These are sites, primarily set up by universities, which provide free access to the research output of each organization's scholars.

State of the Cities 
Data for cities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Voice of the Shuttle 
A wide-reaching website that provides links to websites on topics within the humanities disciplines; "a structured and briefly annotated guide to online resources that at once respects the established humanities disciplines in their professional organization and points toward the transformation of those disciplines as they interact with the sciences and social sciences and with new digital media." From UC Santa Barbara.

Wellcome Images 
"Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science...This unrivalled collection contains historical images from the Wellcome Library collections, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, ancient Sanskrit manuscripts written on palm leaves, beautifully illuminated Persian books and much more...The Biomedical Collection holds over 40,000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences... All low res images on [the] site are freely available for download for personal, academic teaching or study use, under one of two Creative Commons licences." From the Wellcome Library.

Wordnik is an online dictionary that provides definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, and statistics on words.

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