If you have trouble locating older materials in our databases, there are several open access resources that are not part of our A-Z database list:
To search for pre-1950 materials in DOAB:
DOAB "Advanced Search" Page
To search for pre-1950 materials in DOAJ:
DOAJ "Advanced Search" Page
To search for pre-1950 materials in Google Books:
Google Books Filter Tabs
To search for older materials in online museum collections, visit a museum's website and look for a tab on their home page that indicates an online collection. It is typically located at the top of the home page as part of their main menu. Words to look for might be "search," "collections," "exhibitions," "online collection," and "art." The image below is an example of the online collections search page at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It is located on the museum's website under "Collections" and "Collections Search." There is an "advanced search" option on the top left of the page, where users can search specific time periods. Other online museum search engines function similarly, so this is a good example of where to find online museum collections.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston "Collections Search" Home Page
To search for items in Project Gutenberg:
Project Gutenberg Search Results Page
To retrieve items from Project Gutenberg, click on the search result you want to view. There are several options to view the item, which are:
Some books on Project Gutenberg have audiobook options as well. If an item has an audiobook option, it will have a speaker icon next to the title.