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Center for Rural Engagement

Comprehensive list of research resources to aid researchers at the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement


Center for Rural Engagement Research Guide

The Center for Rural Engagement connects the broad resources of IU Bloomington and its region through collaborative initiatives. The goal of the center is to improve the lives and opportunities of Hoosiers by working with partners to discover and deploy evidence-based, data-informed and scalable solutions to common challenges facing rural communities.

This research guide is a comprehensive compilation of resources, internal and external, designed to aid those involved in the work of the Center for Rural Engagement.  It incorporates scholarly resources, government devices, as well as potential professional development opportunities.  This guide is created and maintained by Indiana University Libraries in collaboration with the Center for Rural Engagement.

Comprehensive List of Research Journals

Comprehensive List of Research Journals

Federal Government Resources

Federal Government Resources

Census Data Tools

Print (and microfilm) materials available at IU Libraries

Census materials are located in Wells Library, on the 2nd Floor of East Tower, within Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services.

Decennial Census: The data collected across the United States population every 10 years.  The information collected from the 2010 Decennial Census is also available online. IU's collection includes the microfilm editions of the U.S. Decennial Census Publications 1790-1970.

The Economic Census is taken every 5 years and measures American business and economy.  Please note that not every industry is included in this census.  The U.S. Census Bureau gives a thorough overview of these industries.


Census reference books located in Wells Library:

Electronic resources available through IU Libraries

Open U.S. Government Data Tools

State Government Resources

State Government Resources


About Entrepreneurship:

For Entrepreneurs:


Education Resources

Public Health

Research in Public Health Resources

Housing, Transportation & Community Development

Housing, Transportation & Community Development Resources

Useful Databases

Rural Sociology

Books pertaining to Rural Sociology




Food Systems and Access

Food Systems and Access

Mapping Resources

Mapping Resources

Relevant IU Libraries Books in Print

Relevant IU Libraries Books in Print

Open Access

Open Access Publishing

Open access publishing supports rural communities because it enables faculty, students, and scholarly publishers to share important research with the public at no cost to the reader. The IU Libraries' Scholarly Communication Department is responsible for managing open access publishing for the Libraries. This includes: Open educational resources like course materials and textbooks, open data, open journal articles, and open monographs. Learn more about open scholarship at IU Bloomington by visiting

Visit the IU institutional repository:

Visit our open access journals:

What is Open Access?

Benefits of Open Access

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) defines open access as:

By "open access"...we mean free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of...articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Open Access Overview by Peter Suber

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities


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Resources for Finding Free, Open Scholarly Content

Finding Open Educational Resources

Starting Points for All Disciplines  

Quick Search

Want to search across several repositories at once? SUNY's OASIS search helps instructors quickly find resources by aggregating over 100 sources. 

Science and Engineering

Business and Economics

  • LearningEdge Cases (MIT): case studies touching on areas such as strategy, sustainability, operations management and more.

Social Sciences and Humanities


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Open Scholarship Blog

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