Wikipedia talk:List of free online resources

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It seems to me that at the moment the function of this page is a little obscure: it seems to be a mix of links to useful resources that anyone can use and resources that require a subscription, that users with subscriptions are offering to use on other people's behalf.

I'd like to make a suggestion: that this page be expanded into a list of useful resources, both general and categorised by subject. For example, I can provide links to online resources which are enormously useful for physics, astronomy and geophysics, and I'm sure academics in other fields can do the same. It would be really good to have that kind of thing collated somewhere, and would be a big help in the drive to ensure articles are well references.

What does anyone else think? Worldtraveller 10:19, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)


Wikipedia:Academic resources seems like the same idea under different name. What do you think?--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 16:59, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Done. JesseW, the juggling janitor 20:21, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

Have a look on the German Bibliotheksrecherche[edit] --Historiograf 02:59, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Resource Exchange[edit]

Well, it looks like a created a slightly redundant project. Here's the link: Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange‎. The scopes seem to be a little different... and the organization is quite different. Should we merge these projects? Should it be merged here or to the wikiproject? Recommendations would be appreciated. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 00:23, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

And a related suggestion at Template talk:Article resources#2 or 3 Additions to template?, mentioning possibly merging, or at least linking between the 2. Thanks :) --Quiddity 05:19, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

News agencies/Cox News Service[edit]

The link to Cox News Service seems to be broken at present, as does the link on the Cox Newspapers web site. I'm removing the reference for the moment, until the issue can be resolved.

Link works now.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 03:03, 9 February 2020 (UTC)


I am concerned about sources such as FindArticles, where much of the content is not free. DGG (talk) 04:39, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

The Association for History and Computing[edit]

Link appears to be down, remove? (talk) 19:08, 24 August 2009 (UTC)a signed post

Deleted "nonpartisan" from the description of American Enterprise Institute[edit]

I deleted "nonpartisan" from the description of American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in the "Social Sciences" section. As discussed below, it is an inaccurate description, and, contrary to WP's policy on fairness, balance, and neutral point of view, no such description was used to describe any of the other think tanks listed in this article.

DISCLAIMER: I fully intend the comments below to comply with WP's (excellent) policy on neutral point of view. (This is not intended at all to be any sort of partisan rant.) I have absolutely no professional or personal affiliation with any of the organizations mentioned, but I have frequently read publications from many of them in the course of my professional research. They all do some superb research and policy analysis, but experienced users of their publications carefully assess them for any bias, whether liberal, conservative, or libertarian.

Although AEI does claim to be nonpartisan, its Web site also says, "AEI is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of a free society--limited government, competitive private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and vigilant defense--through rigorous inquiry, debate, and writing." (Source: So ... it's "nonpartisan," as long as you consider being "dedicated to preserving and strengthening ... limited government [and] competitive private enterprise" is "nonpartisan"? (Italics added for emphasis.)

AEI's conservative point of view is widely known in the academic and public policy communities related to its areas of interest, as well as to members of Congress and their staffs, just as the Brookings Institution's more liberal perspective and the Cato Institute's libertarian agenda are also well known. In practice, AEI is very open about its support for conservative causes (just as many other think tanks are open about their policy agendas), and many of AEI's fellows and other staff members were high-ranking political appointees in former Republican administrations or are other well-known conservatives. (E.g., to name just a few of the more prominent members of AEI's staff: Lynn Cheney, wife of the former vice president, Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Yoo, author of the infamous "torture memos"; source: Similarly, Brookings and the Center for American Progress have many members of previous Democratic administrations on their staffs.

AEI's conservative links have been highlighted by the recent controversy surrounding its dismissal last week of David Frum, a highly respected conservative columnist, because of his relentless (but constructive) criticism of the Republican Party since the 2002 election, and particularly about Republican strategy during the recent congressional debate over health care reform. (See

All these think tanks and foundations that focus on public policy must seek funding from corporations, other foundations, PACs, and other organizations that share similar policy orientations. The unfortunate result is that they are understandably reluctant to "bite the hand that feeds them." David Frum not only bit, but he bit way too hard too many times. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jackftwist (talkcontribs) 22:00, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Name Change[edit] has changed its name and focus. It is now and focuses mainly on military records. Geekery (talk) 14:05, 25 August 2011 (UTC)


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