Digital Libraries & Full-Text Resources Online
Information from around Florida
UCF Digital Collections
- The University of Central Florida Libraries is building several collections of digitized materials
for Web distribution. These collections include maps, journals, postcards, photographs, letters,
monographs, and rare manuscripts.
Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials
(PALMM) is a cooperative initiative of the State University System of Florida to provide digital
access to important source materials. The site indexes many digital resources in addition to
the PALMM sites listed below.
- Aerial Photography Florida
is a collection of aerial photographs taken between 1930 and 2000.
- Eric Eustace Williams Collection is both a
bibliography and a growing library of digitized works by and about Dr. Williams, the
first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago who is often called "the father of the Nation".
- Everglades Digital Library is a comprehensive
portal to high-quality Internet resources relating to the south Florida environment.
- Florida Environments Online contains both
digital full text materials and research bibliographies about the ecology and environment
- Florida Geological Survey Publications include
annual reports, biennial reports, bulletins, information circulars, leaflets, and map
- Florida Heritage Collection is an ongoing cooperative
project of the State University System (SUS) of Florida to digitize and provide online
access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature,
sciences and social sciences. Thematic areas in this growing collection include Native
American and minority populations, exploration and development, tourism, the natural
environment, and regional interests.
- Florida Historical Legal Documents is a growing
collection of primary source materials surveying changes in Florida law from the time
it became a territory in 1822 through 1845 when Florida became a state.
- Florida Historical Quarterly is the online
version of the academic journal of the Florida Historical Society.
on the Web is a unique and dynamic website devoted to the history and culture of
Florida, focusing primarily on the Tampa Bay Region.
- Linking Florida's Natural Heritage (LFNH)
allows students, researchers, and the public to query museum specimen databases, library
catalogs, and other citation databases for taxonomic and topical information. In addition,
scientific experts selected 200 texts for digitization. This core collection on Florida
species and ecosystems is available through the LFNH site.
- Literature for Children is a collection of
the treasures of children's literature published largely in the United States and Great
Britain from before 1850 to beyond 1950.
- Miami Metropolitan Archive (MMA) is a cooperative
effort of the Urban, Regional & Local Government Documents Department at Florida International
University Libraries, the City of Miami City Clerk's Office, and the Florida Center
for Library Automation to provide digital access to important source materials on Miami-Dade
- Milemarkers: Linking Keys History depict the
rich history of the Florida Keys. Early industries, such as sponging, shark fishing,
turtle canning, and cigar manufacturing, are illustrated in vivid detail. Of special
interest are the images of the building of Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway, construction
of the Overseas Highway (designated a Florida Scenic Highway), development of the tourism
industry, and the aftermath of devastating hurricanes.
- Psychological Study of the Arts explores literary
questions using psychology, often psychoanalytic psychology.
- Reclaiming the Everglades documents
the history of the Everglades and the south Florida environment from 1884-1934.
Collection is comprised of cabinet cards, postcards and photographs of 19th Century
American and British actors and actresses. There are more than 6,000 images in this
digital collection depicting more than 3,000 actors and actresses. The Collection is
important not simply for its pictures of the idols of a bye-gone era but for its depictions
of clothing, hair styles, and other indicators of the period's social mores and attitudes.
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of Florida
comprise a collection of more than 300 bibliographic units in more than 3,000 map sheets
dating from 1860 through 1923. Digitized maps are in the public domain and illustrate
the development of more than 130 Florida cities.
- Southwest Florida Environmental
Documents is a collection of recent and historical scientific information related
to the environment of Southwest Florida, the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed.
There are reports, surveys, monographs and other materials.
- Type Specimens in the University
of Florida Herbarium includes a searchable database of vascular plant, bryophyte
and lichen type specimen label data, and high resolution digital images of all vascular
plant holotypes, isotypes, lectotypes, neotypes and syntypes. See also
University of Florida Herbarium
- United States Virgin Islands History and Culture
is a collection of archival, library, and museum materials documenting Virgin Islands'
heritage and social life and customs.
- West Florida Photo History (coming soon)
- Wolfsonian-FIU Modern Dutch Collection
consists of selected digitized items from the Wolfsonian—FIU's collection of Dutch artifacts,
including rare book covers, calendars, proofs, advertisements, and original sketches.
- World Map Collections are a cooperative project
of several public and private universities of Florida and the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection to make digitized modern and antique maps available on the
Web. The Florida and Caribbean collections are particularly strong, but Africa, the
Americas, and the Middle East are also represented.
- Yiddish Children's Books is a part of the Joseph
and Mary Savetsky Yiddish Resources Collection at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries.
Cuban Heritage Digital
Collection (Univ of Miami) is currently comprised of archival collection finding aids and
the digitized content of those collections, including photographs, letters, manuscripts, and
Florida Electronic Library - Florida On Florida is a
catalog of digital materials related to Florida. It includes all sorts of items including maps,
photographs, postcards, books, and manuscripts. The materials in Florida On Florida come from
digital collections held by libraries, archives, museums and historical societies throughout
Florida. Some of the linked collections include:
- Florida Photographic
Collection is a nationally recognized component of the State Archives of Florida
and contains more than 850,000 photographs, and approximately 2,500 movies and video
tapes. Over 100,000 of the photographs have been scanned and placed on this website.
- Florida Writers' Project
Digital Collection (Jacksonville University) provide a small portion of the papers
of Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, Director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project from its
inception in 1935 until 1942.
- Winter Park Public
Library Digital Collection contains photographs, images, documents, and audio files
representing the wealth of local and regional history housed at the Winter Park Public
University of Florida Digital Collections
includes some of the PALMM projects listed above, plus the following collections:
- Archive of the Rossica Society
"is a digital library of the Society's Rossica Journal of Russian Philately,
excluding issues published within the last three years, and other digitized holdings
from the Society's Library, together with Russian philatelic resources collected by
the University of Florida and its partners."
- Baldwin Library of Children's
Literature Digital Collection - "The Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers
Libraries contains more than 100,000 volumes published in Great Britain and the United
States from the early 1700s through the current year. Its holdings of more than 800
early American imprints is the second largest such collection in the United States."
- Digital Library of the Caribbean
"is a multifaceted and collaborative international digital library project that will
preserve and increase access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and
the advancement of Caribbean Studies."
- Florida Arts, Humanities, and
Social Sciences Collections "is an umbrella for wide-ranging collections, documenting
the arts, humanities, and social science in Florida. Collections grouped here currently
American Collections, itself an umbrella for the Records of the Cunningham Funeral
Home and, soon, the Visionaires - a women's social group."
- Florida Digital Newspaper
Library provides access to various Florida newspapers from 1839 to 2005.
- Florida History
and Heritage Collections "document Florida arts, culture, history, and society."
- Florida Law "currently
holds the Journal of the
Florida House of Representatives and a
Florida Water Law collection."
- Florida Photographs "is
comprised of several collections that visually document Florida and the University of
Florida in particular."
- Food and Agricultural Sciences
Collection "holds general and specialized resources about agriculture, food crops,
farming, and soil and climate conditions conducive to agriculture. A main stay of the
collection is the
publications of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Special collections
Historical Agriculture and Rural Life,
of Agriculture Soil Survey publications of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
- Open Stacks Project Resources
"are general resources digitized from the University of Florida Libraries' holdings."
- Oral History Collections
- "the digital holdings of both the
Matheson Museum (Gainesville,
Florida) and the Samuel Proctor
Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Together, the Collections document
life in Gainesville, across Florida, the Caribbean and other locales."
- Parkman Dexter Howe Library
"is comprised of thousands of books and manuscripts by New England authors and contains
many early New England books."
- University of Florida Institutional
Repository "is a collection of the University of Florida community’s research, news,
outreach, and educational materials."
- World Map Collections include
African, Antarctic, Arctic, Asian, Caribbean, European, Florida, Middle Eastern, Pacific/Oceania
& Australia, North American, South American and Global.
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Information from around the United States
Government Resources for Other States provides links to various
resources from state governments.
American Memory (Library of
Congress) is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture
of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical
Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection
of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the
first decades of the 20th century.
California Digital Library
Colorado Digitization Program and
Colorado Virtual Library
Kentuckiana Digital Library and
Kentucky Virtual Library
Louisiana - LSU Digital Library
Maine Memory Network
Archives of Maryland Online
North Carolina ECHO - Exploring Cultural Heritage Online
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Information from around the World
Foreign & International Government Resources provides links
to various resources about other countries and international organizations.
Australian Digitization Projects
Canada's Digital Collections and
Inventory of Canadian Digital
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General Resources and Directories
Directory of Digitized Collections
provides a list of major digitized heritage collections and on-going digitization programs worldwide.
Digital Library Federation is a consortium of libraries
and related agencies that are pioneering in the use of electronic-information technologies to
extend their collections and services.
Clearinghouse of Government
Documents Digital Projects (GODORT) provides information to librarians and others about
digitization projects for local, state, federal, and international government documents that
are currently planned, in progress, or already completed.
Projects (Colorado Digitization Project) provides links to a few model statewide consortial
projects as well as select national/international digital projects.
D-Lib Forum & D-Lib Magazine provide information
about innovation and research in digital libraries.
RLG DigiNews is a bimonthly web-based
newsletter providing information about various digital issues.
Ariadne magazine reports on information service developments
and information networking issues worldwide, keeping the busy practitioner abreast of current
digital library initiatives.
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Other Full-Text Resources Online
Electronic Theses & Dissertations:
UCF Subscription Resources:
Reference Books: Online
Versions & Excerpts is a list in call number order of some encyclopedias,
dictionaries, and other reference resources for which the UCF Libraries provide online
Archive of Americana provides UCF users with access to several historical collections
contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera
printed in America over three centuries.
American State Papers, 1789-1838 - Legislative and executive documents, many
originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the
U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 - Books, pamphlets, broadsides
and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 - Reports, documents and journals
of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, originally published in approximately
13,800 bound volumes
Gale Virtual Reference Library provides full text access to various reference books
provides approximately 56,000 full-text books for browsing or 4-hour checkout.
provides a selection of 169 high-quality reference books from art (architecture, fashion,
theatre), bilinguals (general, commerce, classics), biography (artists, politicians,
writers), business (economics, finance, management), conversions (distances, volumes,
weights), dictionaries (definitions, crossword solver), encyclopedias (facts, people,
places), food (cooking, ingredients, nutrition), geography (climate, demographic, physical),
history (classical, modern, renaissance), language (idioms, rhymes, usage), law (criminal,
civil, commercial), literature (drama, fiction, poetry), medicine (conditions, health,
therapies), music (classical, jazz, artists), philosophy & psychology (ideas, theories,
thoughts), quotations (biographical, esoteric, popular), religion (Christianity, Bible,
history), science (physics, biology, chemistry), social sciences (education, politics,
sociology), and technology (computing, telecoms, jargon).
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts "is a collection
of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy."
Bartleby.com: Great Books Online provides free online
text for Harvard Classics, Gray's Anatomy, Oxford Shakespeare, dictionaries, quotations, etc.
Electronic Text Center (Univ. of Virginia) -
holdings include approximately 70,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in twelve languages,
with more than 350,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages,
page images of Special Collections books, museum objects, etc.)
eBooks & eTexts (Univ. of
Florida) provides links to various e-book web sites.
EServer Books Collection is a collection of book-length
monographs available online divided into three major groups: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Google Books searches the full text of digitized books.
If this book is a library book, you can find a local library that has it by clicking "Find it
in a Library" and entering your zip code
Internet Classics Archive provides works of classical
literature, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
Index to the Internet describes full-text resources available as directories, databases,
etc on the Internet.
Library of Southern Literature (Univ. of
North Carolina) "includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before
1924....This collection begins with some of the earliest texts about America written by British
discoverers that set the foundation for American letters and traces the development of southern
literature through to the beginning of the twentieth century."
Online Books Page (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
lists over 25,000 free books on the Web. Features include: A Celebration of Women Writers, Banned
Books Online, Prize Winners Online, Foreign Language collections, and Specialty archives.
Perseus Digital Library (Tufts Univ.) provides
access to several collections, including:
primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome
non-literary papyri, Greek and Latin, from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods
primary and secondary sources in early modern English literature
Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet.
Library Public Access Section provides full text search of 75,000+ html eBooks.
"Free" articles on the Internet - The following provide access to some free
articles from magazines and journals. Note that most publishers only make some of their content
freely available. As of Fall 2004, there are approximately 190,000 periodicals published worldwide.
Only 19% have any content available electronically, most of which require a paid subscription.
Of scholarly publishing, about 34% is available electronically, again requiring paid subscriptions
for access. For more complete coverage, see the UCF list of
electronic resources or ask for assistance at the Reference
- FindArticles.com provides
free online access to articles dating back to 1984 from thousands of magazines and journals.
- MagPortal.com indexes and links to free online articles
from about 150 magazines.
- NewJour provides links to online journals
and newsletters, some of which provide limited free content.
- Google Scholar "enables you to search specifically
for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints,
abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar
to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies,
preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across
the web. You should be able to see the full text of articles from open access journals
and preprint repositories, as well as preprints on the web. For others, you should be
able to get access to the full text if you or an institution you belong to has a subscription
for the content." NOTE: Users should save their Scholar
Preferences to include their affiliation with UCF, which activates the SFX@UCF link
in Google for remote access to UCF's subscription databases and the library catalog.
Historical articles on the Internet - There are a few projects providing
free access to some full-text articles from old journals, i.e., pre-1900. The UCF Library also
subscribes to some resources providing early journals.
- Internet Library of Early Journals -
a digital library of 18th and 19th century British journals, including Annual Register
(1758-1778), Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1843-1863), Gentleman's Magazine
(1731-1750), Notes and Queries (1849-1869), Philosophical Transactions
of the Royal Society (1757-1777), and The Builder (1843-1852).
- Making of America (Cornell
Univ. and Univ. of Michigan) provides
full-text articles from over thirty 19th century American periodicals, published between
1815 and 1901. Some of the articles are also available through American Memory's
The Nineteenth Century
- The UCF Library subscribes to
providing full-text access to over 600 scholarly journals (1665-2006). The UCF Library
also has several microfilm/microfiche collections providing early journals, such as
American Periodical Series (1741-1935), English Literary Periodicals (1681-1914),
and Radical Periodicals of Great Britain (1794-1914).
Looking for something else? Ask for assistance
at the UCF Library's Research Assistance Desk or contact Ask A Librarian.
Rich Gause, Government Documents Librarian
Last updated October 13, 2011 9:26:09 AM