Subscription Databases (BU only)

Note: Over 1,500 titles in the humanities available in full-text format.

Includes historic French dictionaries and the complete digital version of the Encyclopedie by Diderot and d’Alembert.

Business Source Complete
Note: Provides the full-text of several hundred books related to business and economics

Note: Includes over 300 titles related to literature, classics, philosophy, religion, and culture. Chapters can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format.

Note: Contains facsimile page images of over 100,000 books published in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works published in English elsewhere from 1473-1700.

Note: Provides the full-text of thousands of recently-published books from selected academic and commercial publishers, as well as the full-text of a large number of older works in the public domain..


Note: A multidisciplinary database of thousands of electronic books featuring publications from major academic publishers. New titles are being added regularly.

Eighteenth Century collections online

Note: Complements Early English Books Online, providing over 100,000 items published in Great Britain and its colonies from 1701-1800.


ENGnetBASE (199?)
Note: Contains over 2,000 engineering handbooks from CRC Press. New titles are continually being added.

HathiTrust Digital Library
Provides millions of titles digitized from libraries throughout the world. Please go to Log In and choose
Boston University to get full access to the library.


Hein Online
Includes the full-text of many legal books, documents, presidential papers, etc.

IEEE Digital Library
Includes approximately 1200 books published from 1943 to the present.


Note: Digitized version of the theologian’s major works.

Kraus Curriculum Development Library
Contains the full-text of over 5,000 curriculum documents on a variety of subjects covered in pre K-12 and adult basic education.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Includes thousands of books and conference proceedings related to developments in computer science and information technology. Type Lecture Notes in Computer Science into SpringerLink search box to access material.

Lecture Notes in Mathematics
This series reports on new developments in all areas of mathematics and their applications. Includes research monographs and lectures. Online access is from 1964 to the present.

Literature Online (LION)
Provides the full-text of thousands of books of poetry, drama, and prose from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century.

Loeb Classical Library

Includes more than 520 volumes of Classical Greek and Latin literature in original language and English translation.

Luthers Werke im WWW
Note: Electronic version of the complete Weimar edition of Martin Luther’s writings.

Making of Modern Law
Includes over 21,000 Anglo-American legal treatises from 1800-1926.


Includes over 500 MIT Press titles.

MyiLibrary (2004)
Note: Over 300 e-books that focus primarily on legal issues and the law.

NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
Provides full-text of NBER Working Papers.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Full-text of books, working papers, and other publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Description: Cross-searchable library containing the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford books in the areas of biology, business and management, classical studies, economics and finance, history, law, linguistics, literature, mathematics, music, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public health and epidemiology, religion, and social work.

Patrologia Latina Database
Electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne’s Patrologia Latina, published between 1844-1855.

Project Muse
Provides digital humanities and social sciences content for the scholarly community and is a source of complete, full-text versions of journals and monographs from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies.

Note: Includes thousands of books published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers as well as 1,500 classic books considered important in the history of psychology. Also has more than 1,500 entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

Note: Contains several thousand computer-related books. Approximately 180 books are available through the B.U. subscription.

ScienceDirect – Handbooks in Economics

Note: This series currently consists of 30 titles (over 70 volumes) and includes a broad range of topics.


Note: Provides access to books and book chapters, reference works, journals, etc. in numerous subject areas.

Women Writers Online
Contains several hundred works in English written by women between 1400-1850.

Open Access eBooks

American Verse Project

A collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative and the University of Michigan Press. Presently contains 170 volumes of American poetry published prior to 1920.


Includes the complete Oxford Shakespeare, the 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics and Shelf of Fiction, multiple reference books and hundreds of other fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books.


Contains the full text of many classic and contemporary movie scripts as well as some TV scripts.

Digital Book Index

Intended as a meta-index of major eBook sites. Provides links to more than 165,000 title records from approximately 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. Around 140,000 of these books and documents are available without cost.

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

Over 2700 peer reviewed books available from approximately 90 publishers.

Google Book Search

Searches the text of thousands of books but the full-text is only available if it is out of copyright (before 1923) or if the copyright holder has given permission. Limited previews may also be available.

Internet Archive: Texts

Displays over 6,000,000 items, most of them published before 1923. Materials have been contributed by American and Canadian libraries.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Includes American Memory, a collection of original documents related to many aspects of American history. Other collections include historic American newspapers, country handbooks, video and audio oral histories, and legislative documents.

National Academies Press

More than 5,000 books are available to read online for free. There may be a charge for downloading.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf

Collection of biology and biomedical books that can be searched and, in some cases, browsed and downloaded. This site is linked to PubMed.

Online Books Page

Index to more than one million works in English. Mostly older materials no longer under copyright although more current items included when permission for free access has been granted.

Oxford Text Archive

The aim of the Archive is to identify, collect, and preserve high-quality, well-documented electronic texts in a variety of languages.There are presently several thousand documents available.

The Perseus Digital Library

This site, produced at Tufts University, provides digital images and transcribed text (in translation or original language) from ancient Greek and Latin sources. Also includes documents related to English Renaissance literature and to London.

Project Gutenberg

Over 45,000 books available for free. Has links to Gutenberg sites in other countries that also provide free online books.

University of Buffalo E-Books on the Web

Searches multiple sites for eBooks. Can search by title or author.

University of California Press (eScholarship Editions)

Contains almost 2,000 books. Approximately 700 are available to the public without cost. Covers a variety of subject areas.

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875

The purpose is to make available every novel published in the U.S from 1851 to 1875. Presently includes 2,887 volumes by 1,456 authors.