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Find physical and digital books, media, journals, archives, and databases. 

Browse the SearchWorks catalog


Find journal articles, e-books, and other e-resources.

Explore articles+ in SearchWorks

Geospatial (GIS) data

Find geospatial (GIS) data provided by Stanford Libraries and many other institutions.

Browse EarthWorks

Video tutorials

Are you having trouble getting started or navigating library search tools? Check out these helpful video tutorials featuring the Nerd Squirrel!


Stanford Libraries subscribe to news and video and music streaming services that you can access as a Stanford student, faculty member, or staff member.


Explore our extensive news collection through the newspaper and news sources guide, or access The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.


Explore our collection of movies with our video guide, or start streaming domestic and international films, documentaries, and classic cinema on Kanopy today.


Use our music guide to discover renditions of your favorite songs by different artists and composers, or start streaming with Naxos Music Library, which offers a wide range of music and a deep collection of Western classical music. 


Find video games through our games guide. Check out Playstation and Xbox games from the Media & Microtext Center, or use our consoles to play your favorite games. 

Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives are rich repositories of historical and cultural materials that are crucial in preserving and providing access to valuable materials. These collections encompass an extensive array of items, including manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and digital resources, offering a diverse exploration of subjects ranging from literature to technology. Noteworthy is the Archives' commitment to preserving Stanford's institutional history, capturing the evolution of the university and its pivotal role in the Silicon Valley region.

Whether exploring the personal papers of notable individuals, delving into historical documents, or examining multimedia collections, users of Stanford Libraries Special Collections and University Archives find themselves immersed in a wealth of knowledge. The archives contribute significantly to the academic and cultural landscape, fostering a deeper understanding of the past and present.

Explore our archival collections through SearchWorks or the Online Archive of California. Find out how to request and view materials through our Special Collections guide and our University Archives guide

Other search tools

Numerous search tools are available, some of which might be tailored to your particular subject area. If you are uncertain about the best tools for your needs or where to start, consider checking out our topic or course guides. These guides offer curated lists of tools and additional sources of information to help you navigate your search effectively.  Or consider the following additional tools:


Topic-specific databases for in-depth research. 

Explore databases A-Z

Access our most popular article databases

Government information

Publications and data of the U.S. federal, U.S. state and local, foreign national and local, and international governmental agencies.

View government data guide


Access and monitor thousands of scholarly journals.

Explore BrowZine


Curated, thematic digital exhibits featuring hundreds of Stanford's online collections.

Explore Spotlight exhibits


Map collections at the Branner Earth Sciences Library and the David Rumsey Map Center.

Explore map collections

eJournals A-Z

Stanford's electronic journal holdings are searchable by title, subject, and vendor. You can retrieve full texts with only an article reference or a citation.

Browse eJournals


A global library catalog of books, music, videos, articles, and more.

Search WorldCat


Electronic books, including proceedings, primary resources, and reference works, are searchable by title, author, or e-book provider.

Browse eBooks


A combination of multiple article databases. You can set up alerts for new articles on topics of your choosing.

Explore DeepResearch

Questions or need help finding information?

For any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Contact a reference librarian by email or call (650) 725-1064.

Last updated June 12, 2024