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Electronic Texts (eTexts)

Important Notes

  • This directory has been compiled as an information resource only and the inclusion of links to other websites does not indicate endorsement.
  • Except where otherwise noted, these are free or partially free collections of eTexts.
  • To find eBooks owned or subscribed to by Andersen Library, check the HALcat, the Andersen Library Catalog, which includes records for and links to all of them.
  • To find periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper, etc.) articles owned or subscribed to by the Library, use a database listed on the Articles in Journals, Magazines and Newspapers UW-W users only
  • If you have an article citation, but want to find the text of the article, use the Citation Linker to see if the Library subscribes to it. Links to full text are provided when available.
  • eTexts exist in a wide variety of formats, including HTML, PDF, ASCII , TIFF and LIT, some of which require special software to view. See footer for links to commonly needed viewers.

eText Gateways

University Press Collections

Collections of & Other Documents

Large Collections, Mostly in English (over 1,000 titles)

Small (under 1,000 titles) Collections, Primarily in English

Collections Focusing on a Single Author or Work

Digital Library Projects

Most of these websites describe the project as well as link to etexts in the project.

Subject Collections

Table of Contents:


  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture - (Cornell University) - over 1,500 books and 6 journals published between 1806 and 1979, on the subjects of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science.



Law & Legal

  • Basic Legal Citation (LII 2003 ed.) - (Peter W. Martin, Cornell Law School) - Alternative guide for citing legal resources
  • Decretum Gratiani - (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany ) - Small collection of historical German, Latin and English legal texts, some are scanned images of the original documents, while others are transcriptions
  • FindLaw - provides the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet, including cases and codes, legal news and other articles, search engines, and more
  • Hieros Gamos: Law Journals - gateway site for law journals, newsletters and bulletins
  • Legal Journals - (USC, Law Library) - Gateway to general and subject specific law reviews, law reviews, foreign law journals and ABA journals and newsletters. Some of the periodicals are available full text online.
  • University Law Review Project - three free services related to legal journals: full text search of online journals, abstract email service of new reviews and browse journals by subject area (FindLaw and Coalition of Online Journals with help from others)


Medieval Texts





Sciences & Medicine

  • National Academies Press - over 3,000 free online texts, plus 900 PDF texts for sale. Subjects include science, engineering and medicine

Social Sciences

  • Classiques des sciences sociales - Contains 860 social science public domain works, in Word, PDF, or RTF format. Works are in French.
  • PsycLine: Your Guide to Psychology and Social Science Journals on the Web - Indexes 2,000 English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish language Internet journals, located off-site. Search for journals or articles.
  • UNESCO Information Services: Information Resources - Contains 128 bibliographic, referral (directories, projects, etc.) and fulltext databases. Topics include: education, natural sciences, culture, social and human sciences, communication and information. Provides access to official UNESCO documents (about 20,000), the photobank (10,000 images), the worldwide translations database (1,3 million bibliographic records), and more.
  • World Digital Library - multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings & other cultural materials

Journals, Magazines, Newspapers & Other Serials

Table of Contents:

Several types of electronic periodicals are available on the Internet. Some are simply online versions of traditional paper publications, while others only exist electronically on the Internet. Please be aware that electronic versions of paper periodicals often provide only selected articles from recent issues, or in some cases only a table of contents. There are more fulltext articles available in databases UW-W users only UW-W subscribes to, than at free sites. Some of the websites listed below include links to these subscription databases, however unless you are a UW-W student, faculty or staff member, the links will not work. Some sites also offer to sell individual articles on a per-use basis, however, before you do this, check to see what local holdings are available to you for free. UW-W students, faculty and staff may use the Citation Linker UW-W users only to see if Andersen Library has a particular periodical or periodical article in its collections

Multiple Subject Sites

  • Articles in Journals Magazines & Newspapers FIX ME - Gateway to all the UW-Whitewater subscription book, article and statistics databases UW-W users only
  • Bibliothèque virtuelle de périodiques - French Canadian project that links to 650 mostly French language periodical websites, many of which have free articles online. French interface.
  • BUBL Journals - A collection of links to current library and information science journals and newsletters located at other sites
  • Citation Linker - Type in a citation for a periodical article to determine whether it is held by Andersen Library in print or online UW-W users only
  • Directory of Electronic Journals and Academic Discussion Lists - (Association of Research Libraries) Note: Last updated November 6, 2001
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals - (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Lund University, Copenhagen, Denmark) - indexes and links to 1400 open access online scientific and scholarly journals, including over 62,000 articles
  • Ejournal SiteGuide: a MetaSource - A selected and annotated set of links to websites for eJournals, which in turn provide links to individual titles and/or to other collections of links
  • Electronic Journals and Magazines - (Galileo Electronic Resources, University of Georgia)
  • Goldrush - (The Alliance) - Links to over 3,000 open access journals freely available on the web. eJournals such as those embedded in subscription sites (such as EBSCOhost, ProQuest, etc. which libraries subscribe to) are generally excluded
  • Google Scholar - Search engine that targets materials posted on academic websites. Includes scholarly articles, non-scholarly articles, reviews, preprints, and more. Irregular search results.
  • HighWire Press - Library of the Sciences and Medicine - Indexes over 15 million articles in over 4,500 PubMed/Medline journals, and includes over 797,000 free full text articles from 354 High Wire-hosted journals.
    NOTE: the UW-W also subscribes to Medline via EBSCOhost UW-W users only where many more articles are available to UW-W users free of charge
  • John Labovitz' s E-Zine-List - An exhaustive list of electronic publications accessible via the Web, FTP, email, and other services.
  • Looksmart Findarticles - A vast archive of published articles which is searchable for free. Constantly updated, it contains 5.5 million articles dating back to 1998 from more than 900 magazines and journals.
  • Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room - (Library of Congress) - Lists of Newspaper & Periodical Resources on the Internet
  • Migrating Government Publications - This page produced by the Government Publications Dept. at the University of Memphis is an attempt to track printed government publications that are migrating to the Internet by identifying URLs and linking them directly to the electronic documents. The list is limited to serials and periodicals and includes publications in dual format and in electronic format only. It is arranged both alphabetically by title and by Superintendent of Documents classification number.
  • New Jour - (Yale and Georgetown Universities) - Includes brief entries for new online serial publications, and links to their homepages. Of most use is the Recent Issues section since many of the publications listed in the Archive are now defunct
  • Scholarly Journals Distributed Via the World Wide Web - (University of Houston Libraries) - Provides links to established Web-based scholarly journals that offer free access to English language articles without requiring user registration
  • Search Adobe PDF Online - Adobe provides a methos to search more than a million summaries of Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF) files on the Web. The search results will viewing the summaries before deciding to view the document. Does not claim to search all PDFs, or limit to particular content.
  • Serials in Cyberspace - (University of Vermont) - Selective listings of websites with eJournal collections and services both inside and outside the US. Also has miscellaneous collections and resources, selected ejournal titles and other webpages having to do with serials that may be of interest to librarians.

Science & Medicine PrePrints

  • E-Print Network - (Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S.A.) - Gateway to over 14,800 websites and databases worldwide that contain materials relating to scientific or technical documents circulated electronically to facilitate peer exchange and scientific advancement. Includes pre-publication drafts (preprints) of journal articles, scholarly papers, technical communications, and more relaying research results among peer groups.
  • CiteSeer: Scientific Literature Digital Library - (developed at the NEC Research Institute, hosted by Penn State University) - Indexes over 710,000 PS & PDF documents available on other Internet sites. Focuses primarily on computer and information sciences. Mirror sites:
  • Directory of Mathematics Preprint and E-print Servers - Makes available "all" the current homepage URLs and email contacts of all mathematical preprint and ePrint servers. Facilitates locating the servers in order to browse the articles posted on them.
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System - A digital library of over 4.1 million records for material in physics, astrophysics and instrumentation. The majority of data consists of bibliographic records, which are searchable through the Abstract Service query forms, and full-text scans of much of the astronomical literature which can be browsed though the Browse interface.
  • arXiv - (Cornell University) - ePrint service for physics, astronomy, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology
  • CERN document server - over 650,000 bibliographic records, including 320,000 fulltext documents in particle physics, astronomy and related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs and more
    • Use HEPDOC for quick searching of HEP-servers
  • Preprints Issued at ICTP - (Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics)
  • Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library - (NASA Langley, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech)
  • Public Library of Science - This non-profit organization of scientists and physicians is committed to making the world' s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource
  • PubMed Central: An Archive of Life Science Journals - (National Library of Medicine) - Free and unrestricted access to journals in the biomedical sciences
    NOTE: UW-W also subscribes to Medline via EBSCOhost UW-W users only which contains additional information that that available via PubMed
  • Clinical Medicine & Health Research: NetPrints - Free access to non-peer reviewed articles in medical and health fields. Read the warning
  • CogPrints - Cognitive sciences e-print archive. Preprints for the cognitive sciences, including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, biology and more
  • Virtual Technical Reports Center - (University of Maryland Libraries) - Gateway to Internet ePrints, preprints and technical reports. The Institutions listed here provide either full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web.

Gray Literature

Last Revised: MS - 10/20/2010


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