The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet discusses the free access that many public libraries provide to some very costly databases, including science, business, statistics and social science resources. Following is a selection of resources that will take you to the cyberbranch of your local public library, law library and other research repositories. You can access these resources from your home, office, or on the road with nothing more than a library card.
- PublicLibraries.com - In operation since 1997, PublicLibraries.com is a single web location that provides easy access to the nation’s public libraries.
- State, Court, & County Law Libraries - Hosted by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) this is a handy directory of the nation’s law libraries.
- Digital Library of the Week - This feature of the American Library Association (ALA) highlights a variety of online collections available to the public.
- Libcat - A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet.
- Libraries on the Web - Maintained and founded by Thomas Dowling, this collection currently lists over 8000 pages from libraries in 146 countries.
- lib-web-cats (LIBrary Web sites and CATalogs) - an international directory of libraries maintained by Marshall Breeding.
- WorldCat - connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web.
Select International Libraries
- The Australian Libraries Gateway - Maintained by the National Library of Australia.
- The Canadian Library Index - Maintained by Peter Scott of the University of Saskatchewan.
- The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Libraries Portal is an international gateway to information for library users.
- UK Higher Education and Research Libraries - Maintained by Ian Tilsed of the University of Exeter.