Public Databases and Digital Libraries


PubMed holds over 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

Center for Victim Research Library 

Europe PubMed Central

Content including biological patents, clinical guidelines, PhD theses and research reports from the PubMed Central International Archive.

MedlinePlus: Child Abuse

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

National Crime Victim Law Institute

GoogleScholar  Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Some full text.

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center


The National Institute of Justice database provides topical and keyword searching of reports, the NIJ journal and more under headings including corrections, courts, crime prevention, justice system, juvenile justice, victims of crime, and more.


The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Library

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.


The Education Resources Information Center houses bibliographic records of education literature with a growing collection of full text documents.


The PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) is the largest database of publications on PTSD and is a service of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


The Directory of Open Access Journals provides one stop, comprehensive access to open access, quality scientific and scholarly journals.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence library


The Public Library of Law is the world's largest online database of free law materials. It provides access to state and federal law including regulations, statutes, case law, and court rulings.    Legislative Information on the Internet from the Library of Congress provides current, daily updated information on congressional bills and resolutions, committee reports, the congressional record and much more.

National Center for Health Statistics

As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, the NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health people. It is a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy.

The database from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs uses rigorous researchto determine what programs work in areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Programs are expertly reviewed and rated as effective, promising, or no effect.

UCRS with Table-Building Tool

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics with Table Building Tool allows users to enter demographic, geographic, and other parameters to build tables for reporting data.

DIRline Directory of Health Organizations

Enter condition or browse the index to locate Health organizations. Records include description, type or organization, date last reviewed and contact information. The database offers several ways to search.

State Child Welfare Policy Database

This easy to use database provides state-by-state policy information on a range of child welfare topics. Access up-to-date information and compare policy from state to state.

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the full texts of their published documents to the database in their original languages. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and, in many cases in additional languages, plus subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public.

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

is a searchable online registry of more than 230 interventions suporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

ICPSR-Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Reseach

ICPSR offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more. United States Legislative Information

Presented by the Library of Congress using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, and the Government Printing Office.

Juvenile Justice Bill Tracking Database presented by The National Conference of State Legislatures. Search 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 legislation by State, Topic, Key Word, Year, Status or Primary Sponsor.

National Guideline Clearinghouse from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.