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Library and Information Science: Online Resource Guide

External Resources

The links below lead to online library science dictionaries, subject guides, directories, association listings, and current awareness resources available from institutions other than the Library of Congress.

The following resources offer definitions of terminology in the field of library and information science.

There are many subject guides to print and online literature in the field of library and information science. Examples of free, online guides that serve as excellent starting points for identifying resources and information on all aspects of library science are available through the following institutions.

Try searching the LibGuides website External to locate other guides to library and information science.

While many scholarly library and information science publications are still available only in print or through subscription databases, there are now many free online repositories and other open access resources that provide access to publications in the field. A number of these resources are listed below. For guidance on locating free online books related to library and information science as well as other fields, see the Library's E-books research guide. For a list of major open access dissertation repositories, some of which may include dissertations in library and information science, see the Library's FAQ on dissertations.

If you come across articles, books, papers, and other library and information science resources not available online through the sites listed below, consider obtaining the materials through interlibrary loan (ILL) External or a document delivery service (DDS) External. Contact your local library for assistance.

Online Repositories

Free Databases

Often, your local library, or your country's national library, is the best starting point for receiving assistance and locating information. Find a local or national library using the following directories and resources:

Library associations are networks of professionals that gather and disseminate information to others in the field and generate public support for library and information services. If you aren't certain where to go to receive information or obtain resources needed for your library or position, you may wish to contact a local library association to seek assistance. The following website will help you locate local library associations.

Staying abreast of the latest news and advances in library and information science can be quite difficult. The following guides link to resources librarians can use to remain current in the field. In addition to the resources listed on the guides, monitoring the social media channels of major library organizations, associations, publications, and library and information science scholars is an excellent way to stay information of the latest developments in the field.