Research & learning after graduation
After you’ve graduated, when you find yourself without the research and learning options that Grinnell once offered you as a student, you might be wondering how you can continue your academic and scholarly endeavors! Rest assured that there will be databases and research tools available to you after you’ve left Grinnell.

Below is a list of a few options:
  • Check out your public library
    Most public libraries offer their patrons free access to a range of online resources and databases.
  • Become a better Google searcher
    Use the following or a similar phrase to find suggestions and tutorials for effective search strategies: "become a better web searcher" site:edu
All Resources

Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.

Resources at Grinnell

Library for Alumni Resource is highly recommended
Through a collaboration between Grinnell College Libraries and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, alumni have access to a growing number of academic resources including JSTOR and a range of Gale databases.

General Open Access Resources

Clute Institute
Clute Institute publishes peer-reviewed, Creative Commons licensed materials in a variety of fields including business, economics, and technology.
Directory of Open Access Journals
Database of over 1,000 free, full-text, peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journals, covering a wide range of subject areas in a variety of languages in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
Provides the full text of open-access dissertations and theses; offered by ProQuest.
SpringerOpen Journals
A collection of 200+ peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of disciplines.
DPLA Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA will incorporate all media types and formats including the written record—books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, and digital texts—and expanding into visual and audiovisual materials in concert with existing repositories. In order to lay a solid foundation for its collections, the DPLA will begin with works in the public domain that have already been digitized and are accessible through other initiatives. Further material will be added incrementally to this basic foundation, starting with orphan works and materials that are in copyright but out-of-print. The DPLA will also explore models for digital lending of in-copyright materials. The content that is contributed to or funded by the DPLA will be made available, including through bulk download, with no new restrictions, via a service available to libraries, museums, and archives in the United States, with use and reuse governed only by public law.
Internet Archive Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Digital library that archives texts, audio, music, moving images, software, videos/films, and web pages from the Internet for researchers, historians, and scholars, as well as the general public. Also provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Humanities and Social Science

American Factfinder Resource contains quantitative data

Statistics and aggregate data from the U.S. Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Annual Population Estimates, Economic Census, and Annual Economic Surveys.
Humanities Text Initiative
Collections of freely-available, full-text resources provided by the University of Michigan.
National Archives of the United States
Access to documents, photos, and records held by the National Archives of the United States.
Project Gutenberg
An extensive source of free ebooks with a focus on texts in the public domain. Project Gutenberg ebooks can be read in any web browser or ebook reader.
U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian
The Office of the Historian publishes the offical documentary history of U.S. foreign policy.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa eVols
An open-access digital repository maintained by the University of Hawai'i. 
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository Resource contains quantitative data
The World Bank's official open access repository of global development resources. Includes reports, books, articles, and other material published by the World Bank.

Science and Medicine

BioMed Central
An open access publisher of 300+ peer-reviewed journals covering biomedical and physical sciences, engineering, and mathemeatics.
DeGruyter Open Access
Fully open access, peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, techonology, engineering, mathematics, and health and human services.
Karger Open Access
Karger Open Access includes 23 open access scholarly journals covering the biomedical sciences.
Covers the out-of-scope citations from certain MEDLINE journals (e.g., articles on plate tectonics or astrophysics), primarily general science and chemistry journals.
Project Euclid Open Access
Project Euclid provides a platform for scholarly journals in mathematics and statistics, including a variety of open access publications.


Directory of Open Access Books
A database of open access books, including over 12,000 peer-reviewed books and chapters in a variety of disciplines.
Open Textbook Library
A source for free, open-licensed textbooks in a variet of disciplines. Materials are reviewed for quality by college and university faculty.
SUNY Open Textbooks
An open access textbook initiative by the State University of New York aimed at providing high-quality course resources written and reviewed by faculty and published by libraries.
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Humanities Librarian & Coordinator of Research Services
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