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A guide to information studies at UC Berkeley.

Collection Description

Image of South Hall in 1961, now home of the I SchoolThe UC Berkeley Library maintains a research-level collection of materials which support the research and teaching programs of the School of Information (I School). The I School is a graduate research and education community "committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields—information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy."

Photo credit: Berkeley, South Hall (in 1961, now home of the I School) by Roger Wollstadt on Flickr.


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Information studies

Business and management

Legal, policy and social sciences


Library Catalogs

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eBook collections - Info studies

The Library offers over 100 e-book and e-text collections in specific subject areas (see all). Below are a number of collections relevant to graduate work in information studies.

A collection of handbooks related to information security management including policies, procedures, risk analysis and computer-related crime.

Professional Computing and Web Design (Springer eBooks)
Nearly 2,000 Springer titles focused on computer science topics such as app development, information security, programming languages, frameworks and more.

Safari Tech Books Online
Online collection of over 1000 computer manuals published by O'Reilly.

Social Theory 
Full text of the works by prominent social theorists such as Jean Baudrillard, Ulrich Beck, Howard Becker, Nancy Chodorow, Emile Durkheim, Norbert Elias, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erving Goffman, Karl Marx, Robert Merton, and Talcott Parsons, Mary Wollstonecraft and others.

Collection of statistics handbooks including standard statistical tables and formulas, covering introductory statistics, statistical theory, probability theory and their applications to various disciplines.

Synthesis: Engineering and Computer Science
Online collection of "lectures" and eBooks that synthesize current research areas in computer science and engineering, written by experts in the field. 

eBook collections - multidisciplinary

More than 77,000 complete e-books covering 16 key subject areas including: business and economics, computers and IT, literature and linguistics, and more.

Millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive.

Humanities E-Book Project 
Access to the full-text of important and frequently-cited books in humanties.

Internet Archive: Text Archive
Thousands of digitized public domain books, most published before 1923. UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library book and serials collection is available through the Internet Archive: The Bancroft Library portal.

Oxford Scholarship Online
Full text of over 750 Oxford books in the areas including Business and Management, Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, and more.

UC Press eBooks
1,400 online titles from the University of California Press covering a wide range of subjects.

Wiley Online Library eBook Collection
Nearly 1,000 Wiley titles in life, health and physical sciences, social science and the humanities.


Data services at UC Berkeley

Supports Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students with research in data intensive social science.

Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF)
Provides leadership and training across a broad array of integrated mapping technologies on campus.

Library Data Lab (189 Doe)
Research assistance in locating, recommending, and acquiring numeric data. Statistical software support for such packages as R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, and Python.

Library GIS services
Geographic information system (GIS) software and data support. GIS datasets for areas around the world, with an emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California.

Library data management services
Support for managing scientific data management tools DataUpDMPTool and EZID.

Statistics Department Consulting Service
A consulting service in which advanced graduate students, under faculty supervision, are available as consultants during specified hours in the fall and spring semesters.

Provide access to a broad range of computerized social science data to faculty, staff, and students at UC Berkeley.

Statistics data and datasets

A-Z list of statistical database subscriptions
A list of open-access and Library-licensed statistical datasets and data tools.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research: 325 institutions working together to acquire and preserve social science data. Includes survey data, census records, election returns, economic data, and legislative records.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Non-governmental and nonpartisan research organization. Datasets associated with NBER research are available for download from their website.

ProQuest Statistical Datasets (Data Planet)
Over 5.3 billion data points from licensed and public domain datasets.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Public opinion survey data primarily from U.S. sources, but also includes select data from over 50 different countries. 1930 to present.

UC Berkeley's principal archive of digitized social science data and statistics.

Wharton Research Data Service
Comprehensive source of financial, accounting, economic, management, marketing, banking, and insurance data. WRDS use is generally restricted to faculty and graduate students in Berkeley's Business and Economics departments. Exceptions can be made for those with legitimate academic need outside those departments. Click on the link, choose "Register," and if you qualify, a password will be sent by email.

APIs for scholarly resources

Below is a list of scholarly databases and collections that offer some form of API access, online tools to access data, or raw data downloads.

arXiv API
API access to Cornell's open-access arXiv e-print repository, used primarily by physics, mathematics and computer science communities to share cutting-edge research.

BioMed Central API
A variety of access points to BioMed Central's corpus of 150,000 peer-reviewed articles, including a guide to text-mining the collection.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) API Codex
Access data from the DPLA repostiory of cultural and scientific knowledge, including partner data from Harvard, NY Public Library, ARTstor, the David Rumsey Historical Map collection and more. Zipped json files of partner data and the entire repository are available for bulk download

  • See also Harvard Library's bibliographic dataset of over 12 million MARC records.
  • Google Books Ngram Viewer datasets
    The Google Books Ngram Viewer provides a frontend to explore word counts from the entire corpus of digitized Google books. Google also provides access to the thousands of raw datasets on which the Viewer operates. More information: TED Talk on Google Ngrams.

    IEEE Xplore Search Gateway
    Query the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers content repository and retrieve results for manipulation and presentation on local web interfaces. Contact to receive API user guide. (UCB access)

    JSTOR Data for Research
    Not an API per se, but you can use DFR to select and interact with data and metadata from JSTOR's archive of scholarly journal literature (more than 7 million journal articles) and primary resources (26,000 19th Century British Pamphlets).

    National Library of Medicine (NLM) APIs
    A directory of medical resource APIs including PubChem, TOXNET and AIDSinfo.

    Nature OpenSearch API 
    Open, bibliographic search service for content hosted on, comprising around half a million news and research articles and citations (see also Blogs API).

    NCBI E-utilities API
    Set of 8 server-side programs for the Entrez query and database system at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

    Query the ORCID researcher identifier system (including individual researchers, universities, national laboratories, commercial research organizations, research funders, publishers, national science agencies, data repositories, and international professional societies) to obtain researcher profile data.

    PLOS Article-Level Metrics API
    Comprehensive information about the usage and reach of articles published by the Public Library of Science (including usage statistics, citation counts, and social networking activity).

    PLOS Search API
    Query content from the seven open-access peer-reviewed journals from the Public Library of Science using any of the twenty-three terms in the PLOS Search.

    PubMed Central OAI-PMH service
    Provides access to metadata of all items in the PubMed Central (PMC) archive, as well as to the full text of a subset of these items.

    Springer API Portal
    Robust set of APIs for metadata, images and articles from this scientific publisher of books and journals, including close to 500 academic and professional society journals.

    UN Comtrade Web Services
    Access data from the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics database, including International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) and the work of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) of the United Nations Statistics Division.

    Web of Sciences Web Services
    Query over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, indexed by Web of Science to return limited article information including article title, authors, source data, and author supplied keywords. (UCB access)

    Worldbank APIs
    Three APIs to provide access to different datasets: one for Indicators (or time series data), one for Projects (or data on the World Bank’s operations), and one for the World Bank financial data (World Bank Finances API).

    Worldcat Identities
    Worldcat is a combined library catalog for participating libraries around the world. The Identities API provides "personal, corporate and subject-based identities (writers, authors, characters, corporations, horses, ships, etc.) based on information in WorldCat."

    [Much of the above was adapted from Mark Clemente's excellent guide to APIs for Scholarly Resources at MIT.]

    Tools for the digital humanities

    Bamboo DiRT 
    A well-maintained registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.
    A site devoted to exploring contemporary text analysis, including a directory of text analysis tools.


    A selective list of online journals relevant to information studies. Access to most of these journals is restricted to current students, faculty and staff. For a complete list of eJournals go to Electronic Journals A-Z. Also included in this list are selected open access titles.

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