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American Rhetoric

A database of over 5000 public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and more is found here.

AFI : Catalog of Feature Films

“The AFI Catalog of Feature Films, the most authoritative filmographic database on the web, includes entries on nearly 60,000 American feature-length films and 17,000 short films produced from 1893-2011. It also includes AFI AWARDS honorees from 2000 through 2014.”–From the website.

ASPCA – Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Now you can get pet-behavior advice from ASPCA experts 24 hours a day. Our nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offers possible solutions to a wide range of issues at no charge. With our easy-to-use database, you’ll receive step-by-step advice—without leaving home.”–From the website.


“AmphibiaWeb is an online system enabling anyone online to search and retrieve information relating to amphibian biology and conservation. This site was inspired by the global declines of amphibians, the study of which has been hindered by the lack of multidisplinary studies and a lack of coordination in monitoring, in field studies, and in lab studies. We hope AmphibiaWeb will encourage a shared vision for the study of global amphibian declines and the conservation of remaining amphibians.”–From the website.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base

“HIV/AIDS Database Update

This compilation of data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths is updated to include new data for more than 100 countries. Major updates include new data for China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Cameroon. The database focuses on HIV/AIDS surveillance data for countries and areas with at least 5,000 population, with the exception of Northern America (including the United States) and U.S. territories. Public health surveillance involves the collection, analysis and use of data to provide public health prevention resources where needed.”–From the website

Digital Public Library of America

“Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public.”–From the website.

Also from the website:  “[T]here will be three key elements to the DPLA:

  • First, an easy-to-use portal where anyone can access America’s collections and search through them using novel and powerful techniques, including by place and time.
  • Second, a sophisticated technical platform that will make those millions of items available in ways so that others can build creative and transformative applications upon them, such as smartphone apps that magically reveal the history around you.
  • Third, along with like-minded institutions and individuals the DPLA will seek innovative means to make more cultural and scientific content openly available, and it will advocate for a strong public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century.”


A database of “useful biological numbers,” complete with a search engine and full citations.  If you need to know how many skin cells the human body has or the estimated number of insects on the Earth at a given moment, then this resource has what you need.

OATD: Open Access Theses and Dissertations

An index to over 1.5 million theses and dissertations from over 600 institutions around the world. Searchable by keyword.

World Bank — Data By Country

“The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.   We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development.”–From the website.  Valuable economic data available for countries from around the world.

International Architecture Database

From the website: “This database includes information over more than 44000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners. The architecture of the 20th century is the main theme of this database.

It’s possible to look for a special project via an architect, town or keyword with the indices or by using a query form. For most entries you get the name, address, keywords and information about further literature. Some entries include images, comments, links to other Websites or internal links.”

Who Owns the News Media?

Who Owns the News Media is an interactive database of companies that own news properties in the United States. Use the site to compare the companies, explore each media sector or read profiles of individual companies”–From the database.


“The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment “Library 2000″ Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II …”–From the website.

State Integrity Investigation : Your State’s Report Card

How does the State Integrity Investigation work?

The State Integrity Investigation is an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of each state’s laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness. Experienced journalists graded each state government on its corruption risk using 330 specific measures. The Investigation ranked every state from one to 50. Each state received a report card with letter grades in 14 categories including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations, and management of state pension funds.”–From the website.  You can click on any state to get its grade.

Avibase — The World Bird Database

“Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 5 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more. This site is managed by Denis Lepage and hosted by Bird Studies Canada, the Canadian copartner of Birdlife International. Avibase has been a work in progress since 1992 and I am now pleased to offer it as a service to the bird-watching and scientific community.”–From the website.

Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections

“Norman Rockwell Museum’s collections of original artworks, archival objects, and the artist’s catalogue raisonné are available in digital format for purposes of private study, scholarship, research, and public enjoyment. This image and data library is a multimedia tool that enables keyword and advanced searches of the Museum’s extensive digital collections.”–from the website.  There is a Terms of Condition that the user of this site must accept.