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FCI - John Thornton Library

Our digital library provides access to scientific information and resources all over the world. For the most part, they are free to students and researchers. This includes a consolidated research portal, access to our reference index, and a link to our bookstore catalog. 

All of your research efforts start here.

Library Resources:

- FCI Research Portal: Free Online Journal Articles / Databases


- FCI Publications & More: Books, Articles & Other Free Downloads

- FCI Bookstore 

Dr. John I. Thornton - Criminalist
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FCI Portal: Free Online Journal Articles / Databases

Our digital library serves as a portal to multiple online databases, providing free access to millions of searchable publications. Every student research effort should begin here:


Social Science Research Network

SSRN´s eLibrary provides free access to 884,979 research papers from 422,571 researchers across 30 disciplines. Join for free.

The Internet Archive - Ebooks & Texts

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Download for free.


ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. Join for free.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Use immediately for free.


The world’s largest collection of open access research papers. Use immediately for free.


A reference collection and bibliography creation tool. Citationsy Archives lets you search for scientific papers and journal articles, download them, and of course cite them in your Citationsy projects. Use immediately for free.


Donated articles and publications from researchers, academics, and students around the world. Use immediately for free.

Science Direct

Search for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content. Use immediately; fees apply to some articles.

101 Free Online Journal and Research Databases for Academics​. Use immediately for free.

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