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Additional Digital Resources

General Education

Digital Public Library of America: Primary Source Set

Cultivated by educators, this interdisciplinary resource provides multiple primary source collections that can be used to complement a wide array of topics and educational content. 

First Search

FirstSearch is an OCLC service that connects users to information and records from 13 databases, including ArticleFirst (OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals), ERIC (journal articles and reports in education), and WorldCat.

To access First Search, please use the code and password below: 
Authorization code: 100-108-542
Password: Friars

Google Arts & Culture

Explore different countries, institutions, collections, and art within this free resource. It also provides VR experiences for students, narratives of different historical events, and analyses of society and culture within varied contexts.

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Smithsonian Learning Lab

History & Social Studies

Encyclopedia of Chicago

The definitive reference source on metropolitan Chicago and its history; it includes over 1,400 entries--articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers--tracing Chicago's development from the 17th century to the present.

History Central

Illinois Digital Archives

This digital repository for the Illinois State Library features over 2,000 photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, letters, federal government documents, posters, postcards, videos, and newspapers that concentrate on the state of Illinois.

The World Factbook


Petrucci Music Library


Amazing Space

Anatomy Explorer

The Biology Project

Science Through Molecular Modeling 

NASA Student Resource List

National Geographic


Catholica Collection


DigiVatLib provides free access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins and medals, printed materials (special projects).

Historical Catholic & Dominican Documents

Special and archival digital collections provided by the Digital Commons at Providence College. This consists mainly of manuscript collections.

Open Access Digital Theological Library

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Theological Commons

The Theological Commons is a digital library of over 120,000 resources on theology and religion provided by Princeton Theological Seminary. It consists mainly of public domain books and also includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and other formats.