LIRN offers a vast selection of journal articles spanning several databases.  If you would like to learn how to use LIRN and read journal articles, then drop into ULIRN: LIRNing to Search at the Library! and complete the microcourse.  LIRN has a librarian that is available to help support students with library-related questions.  To access the librarian:

  • Go to the Online Library tab from your classroom; click on the first menu item which is LIRN.
  • Click on About LIRN (a tab at the top of the page).
  • Click on Officers and Staff tab.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Librarian.
  • Click on the Librarian’s email address to send an email inquiry.

The Internet houses open access journals befitting a BBA, MBA, or DBA research project.  Please use the following archives to find peer-reviewed journal articles:

AARP State Data Center
This site provides statistics and reports on Social Security, Medicare, housing, long-term care, poverty level, caregiver estimates and more on a state-by-state level.

American National Election Studies
The American National Election Studies website provides survey data on public opinion, voting, and more.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Offers data on indicators affecting children and families in the United
States, including education, family and community, and well-being. 

BioMed Central
Biomed Central is an STM (Science, Technology, and Medicine) publisher with a large portfolio of peer-reviewed open access journals. The journals span all areas of biology, medicine, and health.  Use the search box in the upper right corner to find articles.

Bloomsbury Open Archives 2008-2012
Bloomsbury Open offers selected research publications in the humanities and social sciences which are published on open content licenses.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Data sets from series and individual studies focusing on child development available for download and online analysis.

Child Stats
Provides data on children by age group, ethnicity, economic status, and family structure. From the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family

Child Trends Databank
Reports on national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.

Children's Defense Fund
Contains extensive list of fact sheets/data with indicators pertaining to children divided by state, including child welfare, early childhood development, education, and youth at risk.

Comparative Agendas Project
This website collects information on policy changes across countries. Data may be exported into customizable charts.

Criminological Highlights
An open source Toronto-based publication, produced by academics, faculty, and librarians, which focuses on current criminological research.

Data USA
Visualizations of U.S. government data.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
DARE contains reviews and details of systematic reviews on topics for which a Cochrane review may not yet exist. While DARE doesn't include the full text of the systematic reviews, it does include the citation to the original research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The is an online directory providing access to peer-reviewed journals.  The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access academic journals that use an appropriate quality control system and is not limited to particular languages or subject areas.

E-Stats is the U.S. Census Bureau's Internet site devoted exclusively to "Measuring the Electronic Economy." This site features recent and upcoming releases, information on methodology, and background papers.

EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Education Commission of the States
Education Commission of the States' database. Browse by education issue, legislation, or search the knowledge base for any topic. ECS partners with education policy leaders to address issues by sharing resources and expertise.

Elsevier Open Access Journals
All articles in open access journals which are published by Elsevier have undergone peer review and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Articles are fully peer reviewed and available via various Creative Commons user licenses.

ERIC provides access to millions of journal articles, reports, and conference papers spanning numerous topics; with an emphasis on educational topics.

European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

FAO Document Repository
FAO documents and publications, as well as selected non-FAO publications, in electronic format. It includes publications dealing with food, food security, agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and rural development.

FDsys (Federal Digital System)
FDsys is the United States government's database of government documents, covering documents and records from all three branches of the federal government.

Federal Agency Participation
This website, hosted by the United States government works to make federal data accessible to the public.

General Society Survey (NORC)
The General Social Survey is a sociological survey designed to track changes in attitudes, practices, and experiences in the United States.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. It includes financial, contact, mission, and leadership information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS as tax-exempt.

HathiTrust contains both full text and non-full text books. Many books in HathiTrust are not available in Google Books.

Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO)
The Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database contains peer-reviewed scientific literature used by the Environmental Protection Agency to produce assessments. The literature relates to human health and ecological risk topics.

Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR)
A database from National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology for research datasets and instruments.

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)
HCUP (pronounced "H-CUP") family of health care databases and related software tools and products is made possible by a Federal-State-Industry
partnership sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

ICPSR - Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Datasets
ICPSR offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more. 

ICT Statistics
The Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development, and improvement of telecommunication and ICT equipment and networks in developing countries.

ILO’s central statistics database ILOSTAT provides information for for cross-country statistics on the labour market. The database contains over 100 indicators covering more than 230 countries and economies.

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Kaiser Family Foundation
Public opinion and research statistics on public health and healthcare policy.

Kids Count Data Center
Offers data on indicators affecting children and families in the United States, including education, family and community, and well-being.
Downloadable into graphs and reports.

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Merck Manual
Merck Manuals provide medical information, diagnostic criteria, and clinical decision support for healthcare providers and patients in ten languages, separated into professional and consumer versions. Browse by topic, symptoms, emergencies, drug information, news & commentary. The Professional version also has case studies and quizzes.

Holds infographics with statistics on mental health facts for children, teens, and adults in the United States. Focuses statistics on prevalence of mental illness, consequences of lack of treatment, and social statistics.

National Academies Press
Hundreds of books which can be downloaded as pdf for free by the chapter or the entire book. Topics include: Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Conflict and Security Issues, Education, Energy, Environmental Studies, Food & Nutrition, Industry and Labor.

National Bureau of Economic Research
Founded in 1920, the National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research
among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.  NCBI also hosts Pubmed, PubBook, and PMC repositories at and

National Center for Health Statistics
Provides well-organized fact sheets of mental health statistics on topics such as morbidity, ambulatory care visits, and hospital inpatient care.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Provides microdata from researchers and national data collections about child abuse and neglect in free data sets for secondary analysis. From Cornell University.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense...". The NSF provides federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

NCES Publications
Contains publications from the National Center for Education Statistics. NCES is the primary (U.S.) federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Neuroscience Information Framework
Provides a wide variety of data, materials, and tools on neuroscience topics. Categories include datasets, disease, drugs, and people.

The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and
business related information available today. NTIS provides businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas.

OALib—Open Journals
OALib Journal is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, open access journal covering all subject areas in STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) as well as Social Sciences. The OALib Articles from the OALib Journal are stored in the Open Access Library (OALib).

OALib—OMICS Journals
Open Access Initiative is committed to make genuine and reliable contributions to the scientific community without restricting the access of published content. This publisher hosts over 700+ leading-edge peer reviewed Open Access Journals and organizes over 3000 International Conferences all over the world. Obtained enormous global visibility and tremendous response from the authors and readers from all over the world inspired the publisher to maintain reputed Open Access Journals in various scientific disciplines

OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

Open Book Publishers
We are a Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. We publish monographs and textbooks in all areas, and offer the academic excellence of a traditional press.   All our books are available to read for free online.

Open Library
Open Library has well over 20 million edition records, provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books, and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon.

The Public Library of Science (PLOS)
The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. PLOS publishes a suite of influential Open Access journals across all areas of science and medicine.

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SciDev.Net is the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development.

Science Direct
Science Direct provides an archive of open access leading to approximately 480 scientific, applied science, medical journals, and a number of related books.

SDSU Test Finder
SDSU Test Finder from San Diego State University. Searchable database (compiled by San Diego State University) for locating known assessment instruments.

Semantic Scholar
Semantic Scholar is a project developed at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, released in November 2015. It is designed to be a search service for journal articles.  The corpus includes over 10 million papers from computer science and neuroscience, of which 25% fall into the latter category.

SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.\

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UN Data
Provides free data access to UN statistical databases through a single entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.

UNESCO Documents Database
Collection of publications from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Offers statistics on a diverse range of subject areas pertaining to children across the world, such as child mortality, child health, early childhood development, and education.

United Nations Public Administration Network
The United Nations Public Administration Network contains a large e-library that contains a variety of information including surveys and policy information.

US Department of Health and Human Services
Child welfare information gateway statistics. Links to reports, databases, and other sources of statistics and demographic data on topics, including child and family well-being in the United States, child abuse and neglect, children and youth in foster care, and domestic and international adoption.

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World Bank Open Knowledge Repository
The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank's official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

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BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE provides more than 70 million documents from more than 3,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 70% of the indexed documents.

CiteSeer X
CiteSeer is an evolving scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

Digital Commons Network
The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.

The University of Alberta Libraries created the 2,000,000,000th holding record in WorldCat, marking a major milestone for this unique library resource.

OpenDOAR provides a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world. OpenDOAR staff harvest and assign metadata to allow categorisation and analysis to assist the wider use and exploitation of repositories.

Dissertations and theses cannot replace peer-reviewed articles during research.  However, dissertations and theses can provide in-depth perspectives and impressive lists of references related to a research project.  Please avail yourself to millions of dissertations/theses using the following repositories:

NDLTD is an Open Access organisation dedicated to making theses and dissertations as widely available as possible, regardless of individual or institutional membership.  The repository current hosts over 4.2 million theses and dissertations.

OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes over 3 million theses and dissertations.

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Sometimes a researcher needs historical or up-to-the-minute data not incorporated into scholarly or peer-reviewed literature.  Although such information is freely available on the Internet, the following sites are known to provide quality information spanning various contemporary events and organisations:

WUL: The Supreme Court Database
The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2016 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose decision the Supreme Court reviewed, the parties to the suit, the legal provisions considered in the case, and the votes of the Justices.

Alanis Business Academy
Welcome to Alanis Business Academy!  This channel is dedicated to providing universal access to a quality business education.  You can find lessons on a variety of business topics, including: economics, employee motivation and behaviour, accounting, management, and many more.  (This is one of the best-kept secrets of YouTube.)

The C-SPAN Video Library began within the Purdue University School of Liberal Arts in 1987 under the leadership of Dr Robert X. Browning, who sought a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content, and C-SPAN assumed responsibility for the archival operations in July 1998.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

Directory of Open Access Books
The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable to maximise dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on, Harvard Business Review aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

RAND Research Reports
RAND research is conducted on a uniquely broad front for clients around the globe that include both the public and private sectors. Research and analysis is carried out by five programs that address social and economic policy issues, both in the United States and overseas; by three federally funded research and development centres (FFRDCs) that focus on U.S. national security policy issues; and by RAND Europe, an independently chartered RAND affiliate.

Statistical Abstracts Series
Statistical Abstract data present here range from our most recent edition to the historical abstracts compiled throughout the decades. Some of the data were scanned as an effort to make historical abstract information available to the public. The display of data will continue as historical records become