The Wikipedia Library/Databases
We get you free access to high quality paywalled research databases
To sign up, apply on the Library Card platform.
We contact publishers and receive full, free database access donations for Wikipedia editors to use to improve articles. These partnerships are available to all global editors. Signups are currently hosted mostly on the English Wikipedia, but that is only because other communities don't have Wikipedia Library branches yet! Once your community has its own branch, you can coordinate local signups there. We will be moving to a centralised signup location in 2017.
In order for us to develop a database access program in your community, we need to find at least two local coordinators to work with us (and set up a local library branch if one doesn't yet exist). Then we set up a journal requests page using the kit.
All global editors can receive an access account if they meet these criteria:
- They are active in the subject area of the database
- They have at least a 6-month-old account[note 1]
- They have made at least 500 edits to Wikimedia projects
- They are in good standing in the community and have not been blocked recently.
Local library coordinators approve (or deny) requests based on those criteria. In order to deliver access, coordinators contact editors to either deliver access codes from publishers, or to collect email addresses so publishers can deliver codes. That information is kept confidential between Wikipedia Library coordinators, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the journal publishers. Our coordinators have signed non-disclosure agreements supporting the safe and responsible handling of private data and limiting its sharing.
Do you have an idea for a database we should have, in any language? Suggest it!
- Alexander Street's Academic Video Online is a large academic video collection good for a wide range of subjects, including news programs (such as PBS and BBC), music and theatre, lectures and demonstrations, and documentaries.
- Al Manhal is a major Arabic provider of full-text electronic journals, theses and ebooks. It includes approximately 36,000 publications across a variety of subject areas, with coverage in Arabic, English, and several other languages.
- Cambridge University Press is a major publisher of academic journals and e-books in a variety of subject areas. Access includes both Cambridge Journals Online and Cambridge Books.
- De Gruyter is a scholarly publisher specializing in academic literature in a variety of subject areas. They have generously offered the use of 1000 accounts to access all of the electronic resources available through De Gruyter Online, which include ebooks and journals in arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, theology/religion, medicine, mathematics, law and general reference. Their offerings include resources in English, German, and several other languages.
- EBSCO is offering access to a large number of databases including Academic Search Complete, a multidisciplinary academic database that includes peer-reviewed journals as well as periodicals, reports and books; Business Source Complete, a comprehensive database of business-related sources and information; and MasterFILE Complete, a collection of full-text general-interest resources.
- Emerald Publishing Group provides journals on a range of topics, including business and management, education, technology, library and information science, engineering, and health care.
- Gale is an American educational publisher offering access to four resources: Academic OneFile, a database of peer-reviewed academic articles in a variety of subject areas; General OneFile, a periodicals collection; Infotrac Newsstand, full-text articles from 1800 newspapers; The Times archive; and selected content from Gale Virtual Reference Library.
- Jamalon is the largest bookstore in the Middle East. It is offering to ship physical books to 50 editors. Books on a variety of topics are available, in both English and Arabic.
- JSTOR is one of the largest and most reputable journal archives in the world.
- Kinige is an ebook store comprised of Indian language books, primarily those written in Telugu.
- Kotobna.net provides a platform for authors to disseminate ebooks on a variety of topics.
- McFarland & Company is an academic publisher based in North Carolina, in the United States. The company publishes works on a wide variety of topics, and specializes in covering areas often underrepresented in academic literature, such as video games, sports and popular culture. They also publish in a wide variety of more traditional academic areas, such as history, military history, performing arts, medieval studies, film studies, and more. McFarland has offered to send Wikipedia editors electronic copies of books that will aid in Wikipedia article research. E-books are available in PDF and EPUB formats.
- A digital library of Persian scientific articles.
- MIT Press Journals is a scholarly publisher of over 30 journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Its journals include Daedalus, International Security, and Artificial Life.
- Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.
- Oxford Handbooks Online brings together the world's leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate. The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field and for the first time, the entire collection of work across 14 subject areas is available here.
- Oxford University Press Journals includes a variety of subjects.
- Oxford Reference brings together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.
- Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) offers full-text access to scholarly works from key disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, science, medicine, and law.
- (ebooks available to anyone not in the United States) Pelican Books is a reference book publisher and a sister to Penguin Books.
- ProQuest is a multidisciplinary research provider. This access includes ProQuest Central, which includes a large collection of journals and newspapers, Literature Online, the HNP Chinese Newspaper Collections, and the Historical New York Times.
- Sabinet is an online database of full text South and Southern African journals. It includes coverage of a wide variety of topic areas.
- Springer Nature is a large academic publisher of books, journals, and reference works. They are offering access to nature.com, which comprises primarily journals in the physical and life sciences, and link.springer.com, a broad collection of multidisciplinary research.
- Taylor & Francis is an academic publisher of journals and books. As part of a pilot program, Taylor & Francis is offering 30 editors access to each of two subject collections on their digital platform at Taylor & Francis Online: the Arts & Humanities collection, the Biological, Environmental & Earth Sciences collection, and the Strategic, Defence & Security Studies collection.
- Termsoup is a translation tool with features to assist in translating content, including a simple user interface, term translating, edit history, and collaborative editing.
- Adam Matthew Digital is a subsidiary of SAGE Publications that focuses on publishing databases of primary sources and accompanying supporting material. For this partnership, we will have access to all 53 of their databases that allow access to a range of collections relevant to major topics in American and World History. We recognize that most of these materials are primary sources; however, the primary sources include period newspapers/publications and the secondary materials supporting the primary sources are strong, providing a variety of different sources for Wikipedia editors.
- The American National Biography (ANB) offers portraits of more than 18,700 individuals whose lives have shaped the United States.
- APA publishes books and journals related to psychology.
- Baylor University Press is a publisher of academic e-books primarily in religious studies and the humanities.
- Berg Fashion Library comprises resources covering topics of fashion, including encyclopedias, reference works, and more than 100 academic eBooks. It is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Cairn.info is an online web portal of scholarly materials in the humanities and social sciences. Much of the collection is in French, but it also includes an English-language international interface to facilitate use by non-francophones. Primary research areas include communications, economics, education, geography, history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and cultural studies. This partnership includes 100 accounts between French and English Wikipedia.
- Drama Online is a collection of texts, plays, and recorded performances, in addition to scholarly notes, annotated texts, and other academic resources. It is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Economic & Political Weekly is a social science journal published weekly. Access includes all recent publications in addition to archives going back to 1949.
- Edinburgh University Press publishes journals in the humanities and social sciences.
- Electronic Enlightenment is a collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.
- Érudit is a Canadian web portal of scholarly materials. Its primary focus is the humanities and social sciences, but it also includes some publications in the physical and natural sciences. It includes content in both English and French and is offering a total of 50 accounts.
- Finnish cultural content.
- Fold3 is a database of documents, images, and other material covering American military history, owned by the genealogical database Ancestry.com. Fold3 has significant collections covering African-American history, Native American history, the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the US Bureau of Investigation, Project Blue Book and other aspects of American's history and military organizations and conflicts.
- Foreign Affairs is an American journal of international relations and U.S. foreign policy.
- Gaudeamus is the publisher of the University of Helsinki, focusing on Humanities and social sciences.
- L'Harmattan is a French publisher with over 27,000 titles in the humanities and social sciences.
- Invaluable is an auction website, containing a database of artists and auctions. They are providing access to their Professional level subscription with 50 million auction entries and information on more than 500,000 artists.
- The digital Loeb Classical Library is a project of Harvard University Press to make Classical Greek and Latin literature accessible. The virtual collection of classical writings includes epic and lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy, history, travel, philosophy, oratory, medicine, mathematics, and religion – a total of over 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts.
- An index to ships and their histories, covering iron and steel sailing ships, powered merchant ships, and warships, since the early 19th century.
- Law and social science journals
- Noormags is a Iranian publisher with over 900,000 articles from 1,420 magazines in 57,000 issues in the humanities and Islamic sciences.
- Numérique Premium aggregates publications in the humanities and social sciences.
- OpenEdition is a publisher of books and journals in the social sciences and humanities. While most of OpenEdition's content is Open Access, they have donated access to Freemium for Journals; an additional collection of 140 usually paywalled journals.
- Oxford Art Online offers access to Oxford’s art reference works: Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online. Oxford Art Online has over 20,000 images and over 230,000 entries on art and artists.
- The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. ODNB offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK.
- Grove Music Online is the eighth edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and contains articles commissioned specifically for the site. Grove Music Online has over 100,000 entries, with topics ranging from biographies of musicians to entries about the physical structure and assembly of instruments.
- The Past Masters database is a collection of definitive scholarly editions of canonical authors' work published by InteLex Corporation. Each work includes an extensive introduction, editorial commentary on textual editing choices, and footnotes contextualizing the work. We have access to two of their ten collections in this initial pilot: The Women Writer's Collection and The Religious Studies Collection. We expect the sources to be useful for individuals interested in expanding the articles about individual works by the authors in the collection and the biographies of the authors as well as the women's, philosophical and religious topics in which the authors were engaged.
- Project MUSE is an online database of more than 600 academic journals and 36,000 ebooks in the humanities and social sciences. The content in Project MUSE represents over 200 university presses and scholarly societies globally
(English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Greek)
- RILM is a publisher of content on the topic of music. This partnership includes access to the RILM Music Encyclopedias as well as MGG Online.
(English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Hungarian, Norwegian)
- RIPM provides access to the largest online collection of rare music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966. Access to RIPM permits use of RIMP's three principle publications:
- Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760-1966)
- RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full Text) (Citations found in the Retrospective Index linked to full-text Online Archive)
- RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals, a separate full-text collection of journals not found in the Retrospective Index/Online Archive
- Rock's Backpages is an online database of music articles (including reviews, interviews, and features) from music and mainstream press. Available content also includes audio interviews, and spans from the 1950s to the present day.
- Sage Publications is offering access to two statistics-related resources:
- SAGE Stats, a data platform containing social science data covering geographies within the United States and topics such as healthcare, crime, education, employment, religion, and government finances.
- US Political Stats collection, which provides data visualizations and research tools related to US Congress, the US Supreme Court, and the US Presidency.
- Tilastopaja is a database offering athletics statistics from Finland and worldwide.
- Who's Who contains more than 34,000 autobiographical entries on noteworthy people. This collection also includes Who Was Who, a further 94,000 entries on deceased people. It is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
- Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women's writing in English, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University. It includes full transcriptions of over 350 texts published between 1526 and 1850, particularly materials that are rare or otherwise inaccessible, as well as other materials like contextual essays to assist in researching women's writing.
- World Bank eLibrary is a subscription-based online web portal of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to the present. It covers more than 20 disciplines related to poverty, development, and social science including economic and human development, agriculture, infrastructure, health, education, climate change, natural resources, and regional integration.
- HeinOnline is an online, fully-searchable, image-based database of over 2000 legal journals and other resources related to legal history. It is "the world's largest image-based legal research collection and contains more than 9 centuries of legal history".
- Oxford University Press offers a collection of resources related to international law.
- ASHA, the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association, is a professional association for speech–language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists; it publishes journals of interest to these groups.
- The American Psychiatric Association are providing access to PsychiatryOnline; books and journals from the field of psychiatry.
- Annual Reviews is a publisher of review articles in the sciences and social sciences. Its articles cover major topics in each subject area every few years, with other special topics appearing occasionally. This partnership provides access to their Biomedical Life collection.
- BMJ is a peer-reviewed medical journal. It is one of the world's oldest general medical journals and has been described as among the most prestigious. It was originally called the British Medical Journal.
- Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization consisting of a group of over 28,000 volunteers in more than 100 countries. The collaboration was formed to organize medical scholarship in a systematic way in the interests of evidence-based research. The group conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions, which is then published by Wiley-Blackwell in The Cochrane Library.
- The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is an scholarly organization in the United Kingdom which acts as "the dedicated professional body for pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales". They have generously offered the use of 100 one-year accounts that will include four resources: The Pharmaceutical Journal, the official weekly journal of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, provides information and analysis on the latest advances in any branch of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science throughout the world; Clinical Pharmacist concentrates on issues of direct relevance to hospital pharmacists, primary care pharmacists and leading-edge community practitioners, the publication enables readers to keep abreast of current advances in their discipline and assists them in expanding their professional skills and knowledge; Tomorrows Pharmacist investigates the realities of a career in the pharmaceutical sciences; and additional premium learning resources.
- See also biomedical resources under "Sciences"
- Ancestry.com comprises a collection of genealogical, historical, and genetic records. This partnership gives access to the World Explorer membership, which includes all US and international records.
- Die Zeit is a German weekly newspaper.
- NewspaperARCHIVE.com is an online database of digitized newspapers. Its coverage extends from 1607 to the present and includes the US, Canada, the UK, and 20 other countries.
- Newspapers.com is a newspaper database in the family of companies associated with Ancestry.com. Their database includes more than 73 million pages from 3,000-plus newspapers, mostly local United States papers with some Canadian and elsewhere. It is particularly suited for Wikipedia content about the 18th, 19th and the first 3⁄4 of the 20th century in the United States and global topics affecting the United States. The collection includes some major newspapers for limited periods (i.e., 50 years of the New York Times), but mostly consists of regional papers from the 1700s onward. Very few titles go beyond the late 1980s.
- AAAS is "the world's largest general science society". The society is offering access to the resources on its website, sciencemag.org, which include the journal Science and other scientific research, news, commentary, and media. This partnership has 50 available accounts.
- BioOne is a scientific publisher of journals covering the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. This partnership provides access to BioOne Complete, containing over 200 journals with more than 150,000 articles.
- Civilica is a database of Iranian journal articles, conference papers, and magazines.
- Édition Diffusion Presse Sciences is a scientific publisher of journals.
- Elsevier is an academic publishing company that publishes medical and scientific literature, as a "provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions—among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey—and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles." Elsevier has donated ScienceDirect access in three streams: Health & Life Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Physical Sciences. ScienceDirect is their full-text database with "almost a quarter of the world's peer-reviewed scientific content". The database includes over 2,500 journals, 900 serials and 26,000 book titles.
- Future Science Group is a publisher of medical, biotechnological and scientific research.
- ICE Publishing is a part of the Institution of Civil Engineers. They are providing access to all journals and eBooks contained in the ICE Virtual Library.
- International Water Association Publishing is a publisher of books and 14 journals on the topics of water, wastewater, and related environmental fields.
- The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a learned society in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences". They publish a variety of scientific journals across all fields of chemical research.
- The Royal Society, the UK's National Academy for science, offers access to journal collections in three streams: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and History of Science.
- World Scientific provides access to scientific, technical, and medical journals.
- Ympäristö-lehti is the magazine published by the Finnish Environment Institute
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- ↑ Originally our requirements included 1 year and 1000 edits; we have now transitioned all agreements to 6 months, 500 edits. All new partnerships should include this rate.