New and Trial Electronic Resources

Unless otherwise indicated below, these resources are available for off-site access by Smithsonain staff by simply clicking on the link below and entering you SI network credentials. More information about remote access to electronic resources can be found on Off-Site Access to Electronic Resources​

Check our Training Opportunities (SI staff) page for recordings and live trainings. Contact Us if you have any questions about the resources or information on this page.

New Electronic Resources


The HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collective of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items, in all disciplines. Because the Smithsonian is a HathiTrust member, you can log in by selecting Smithsonian Institution and using your SI username and password. Member benefits include the following:

  • Keyword searching of the entire HathiTrust Digital Library, both public domain and in-copyright titles, to facilitate information discovery.
  • Full viewing and downloading of full-book PDF files for public domain (out of copyright) materials and materials for which HathiTrust has received permissions.
  • Access to the My Collections tool, which makes it possible for users to aggregate works into permanent collections either for private use or to share publicly with others.
  • Use of the HathiTrust Research Center for data mining and computational text analysis. For more information about this tool, please see the HathiTrust Research Center tab. See the HathiTrust’ s Resources and Guides for research guides and videos on navigating the HathiTrust.

In addition, during the time that Smithsonian Libraries and Archives’ physical locations are closed due to COVID-19, many print books under copyright held by the Smithsonian are temporarily available only to Smithsonian staff on the HathiTrust platform. These books are labelled Temporary Access, and staff may "check out" and view online. See more about the Smithsonian’s temporary expanded access from our Expanded Access to Electronic Resources webpage.

Zotero Institutional Subscription

The Smithsonian community now has access to free unlimited cloud storage when using the citation management program Zotero. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) funded the recent purchase of an institutional subscription to Zotero, which will be managed by the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources. If you create a free Zotero account using your Smithsonian email address, you will automatically have access to unlimited cloud-based storage to maintain a personal online library of article PDFs, webpages, book citations, images, or almost any kind of research source. You also can create group libraries with unlimited storage to share research sources for a project, exhibition, lab, etc.

Useful links and handouts are available on Manage Citations and Bibliographies. Find a list of upcoming Zotero classes on Training Opportunities.

New Women's History Databases

The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new research databases, funded by a grant from the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative:

  • The Women's Magazine Archive Collection 2 is a searchable archive of leading women’s interest magazines, dating from the 19th century through to the 21st. It includes titles such as Cosmopolitan, Essence, Seventeen, and Town & Country. Issues are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Detailed article-level indexing enables efficient searching and navigation of this content.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. The collection currently includes 124 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

COVID-19 Funding Resources

This new web guide to COVID-19 Funding Resource was developed forSmithsonian staffand includes tips for finding funding, links to grant databases and curated funding opportunities. It includes a link to a comprehensive database on COVID-19 related citations.

Trial Electronic Resources

There are no active trials at this time.

Canceled Subscriptions

This page about canceled subscriptions is a resource for library users and librarians to confirm the status of a title if you encounter problems with electronic access.

Last Updated June 23, 2021