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TO BE AT HOME in all lands and all ages; To count Nature a familiar acquaintance, And Art an intimate friend; To gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work And the criticism of your own; To carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket, And feel its resources behind you in whatever task you undertake; To make hosts of friends... Who are to be leaders in all walks of life; To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms And cooperate with others for common ends — This is the offer of the college for the best four years of your life.

Adapted from the original “Offer of the College” by William DeWitt Hyde, President of Bowdoin College 1885 - 1917



(See also Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, History, and Arts for main substantive fields, and Research Methods, and Teaching for the reverse of research.)

For problematising online, digital and open access to scholarly material see ; ;

Search Engines

Portals & Directories, Databases for digital content (incl books) and offline content

Study Guides

Wider Databases

Institutes, Trusts, Initiatives, Federations


Communities & Blogs

Internet Search Tutorials

Books & journals

Includes : directories/academic password protected portals for physical books/ebooks/other publications, commercial portals/stores for physical books, full-text ebooks, other publications, portals for free full-text ebooks and free other publications.

Libraries and catalogues, citation indexes

  • Harvard Hollis catalogue HOLLIS now reflects a new generation of creative thinking about searching on the web as it differs from searches in traditional library catalogs.

Commercial Bookstores, books and/or ebooks

See Communication Technology for ebook readers and software.


Used and rare books

Open Access ebooks / scholarly articles

Project Gutenberg

Open Access Scholarly articles See also libraries and catalogues above.



Online learning, Video and Audio

Scientific Institutions

Broad institutions that cover many disciplines, if not all, or are interdisciplinary in nature. Institutions that can be narrowed down to branches, or disciplines are in their respective section.

United States





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