Finding Web Resources: English

African American Women in the Nineteenth Century
This is a digital collection of 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers published before 1920 and prepared by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. A full text database of these 19th and early 20th- century titles digital collection is key-word-searchable and can be browsed by title, author or genre - fiction, poetry, biography & autobiography, and essay.   The site provides limited information on the authors and the era in which they wrote.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet
"The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of about 14,000 "classic" public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy."    There is a search feature and also the ability to browse by author or by title.

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library (Library of Congress)
"American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congresss┬┤ vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library.  .... Collections may be browsed individually, searched individually (including full-text searching for many written items) or searched across multiple databases."   The Literature theme contains seven collections.
This digital collection provides access to hundreds of e-texts that are well laid out, well indexed, and cross-referenced.  The titles are grouped under the general headings "Reference", "Verse", "Fiction", "Nonfiction". The Reference collection includes The Columbia Encyclopedia 6th ed., Roget's Thesauri, Oxford Shakespeare,  the eighteen volume The Cambridge History of English and American Literature, and a number of quotation books, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations 10th.ed , Columbia World of Quotations, and Simpson's Contemporary Quotations. With thousands of poems by hundreds of authors, offers one of the largest free collections of verse on the web.  The Fiction collection includes works from a wide range of classic authors including, Hans Christian Anderson, John Bunyan, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bernard Shaw, and William Shakespeare.

"Includes lists prepared by authorities in dozens of fields as well as comprehensive listings of award winning books complete from the first year of the award to the present."    As of July 15, 2004, there were 346 book lists in 82 categories, including drama, poetry, literary criticism, historical fiction, fantasy fiction.

Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP)
"CASP is the first research project of its kind devoted to the systematic exploration and documentation of the ways in which Shakespeare has been adapted into a national, multicultural theatrical practice. Originally launched in 2004 by Professor Daniel Fischlin, CASP Version 2 was released in 2007 offering more than double the content, including learning, teaching, multimedia, and research resources and pedagogical tools related to how Shakespeare has been adapted into (and out of) Canadian Theatre" (CASP). Includes the CASP database to search for Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare, interviews with scholars and playwrights, essays, multimedia, and more. 

A Celebration of Women Writers
"The Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. Women have written almost every imaginable type of work: novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. Our goal is to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing." (A Celebration of Women Writers)  The search function provides for searching by name,  date, country and ethnicity.  Browsing by author name, century, country and ethnicity is also available.    Also included are bibliographies,  biographies,  criticism and some full text.

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: The online resource for contemporary and historical Irish documents in literature, history and politics. (University College Cork
"CELT is producing an online database of contemporary and historical topics from many areas, including literature and the other arts. It will provide material for the greatest possible range of readers, researchers, academic scholars, teachers, students, and the general public. The texts can be searched, read on-screen, downloaded for later use, or printed out"-From the CELT website.)

Critical Reading: A Guide
"This is a guide to what you might look for in analyzing literature, particularly poetry and fiction," designed for first-year students by John Lye, English professor at Brock University. (Last updated 1997).

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
This is "a comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm.  Eighteenth Century Collections Online's digitized format features over 138,000 English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas."  Materials include books and directories, pamphlets, broadsides, sheet music, Bibles, sermons and advertisements and works by many well-known and lesser-known authors. Subjects covered include:  Language and Literature; History and Geography; Social Science; Fine Arts, Music, Art and Architecture; Medicine, Science and Technology; Religion and philosophy; Law; and Reference.  The Collection also contains works from women writers of the 18th Century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous editions of the works of Shakespeare. Multiple editions of each individual work are offered to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.

English Literature on the Web
This is a collection of web pages related to literature in English.  It is arranged chronologically by authors' birthdates starting with 500 A.D. to the twentieth century. The site is divided into the following sections:  General; Concordances; British Authors; E-text Archives; Medieval (& Anglo-Saxon); 17th Century (& Renaissance); 18th Century (& Restoration); 19th Century (Romantics & Victorian); Victorian Web Sites;  20th Century;  and American Authors.  Also, includes a hyper concordance that enables line by line scanning of works in Victorian Literary Studies Archive.

"The EServer is an arts and humanitiese-publishing co-op based at Iowa State University where hundreds of writers, editors and scholars gather to publish over 35,000 works free of charge."  The works are divided into fifty collections including: Books (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry ); Film and Television; Languages; Literary Events; and Performance.  In addition to short and longer written works, hypertext and streaming audio and video recordings are also published.

Glossary of Literary Terms
An online glossary of literary terms sponsored by Bedford/St. Martin's Press.
"Academic, scholarly, and critical articles on British poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, and biographers of the twentieth century, nineteenth century, and eighteenth century; and on American poets, novelists, playwrights, and essayists of the twentieth century and nineteenth century.  All articles are open access and free." Indexes provided include:   20th Century Literature; 19th Century Literature18th Century Literature; African American Literature; Filipino American Writers; and Postcolonial Literature.  Each of these indexes is searchable and browsable.

Literary Resources on the Net (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
"This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics..." from Jack Lynch, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University - Newark. Provide access either by single keyword search or by category.

Luminarium:  An Anthology of English Literature
Luminarium:  An Anthology of English Literature contains texts and supplemental materials for Medieval (1350-1485), Renaissance (1485 - 1603),  17th Century (1603-1660) and Restoration - 18th Century (1660-1785) British literature.  Clicking on one of the four periods brings up a list of authors (or in the case of Medieval literature, also lyrics, plays, and anonymous works such as Everyman), a link to essays and articles, and a link to additional  sources.  For each author, there are links to biographical information, text, secondary sources, quotes etc.

The Middle English Compendium
"The Middle English Compendium has been designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources." (Middle English Compendium)
The Middle English Compendium was developed at the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Service and is part of the Digital Library Collections and Publications.

Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania)
The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom and is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.  It includes a listing of more than 30,000 English works that are freely available on the Internet.  It is searchable by author and title and browsable by author, title, subject and new listings.

Poetry Archive
"The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own works."
It contains poetry by British, Canadian,   and American poets.  The site is easy to navigate and provides many points of access to its contents.  You may search for a poem or poet, browse all poets by last name, view all poets, browse all poems by title, browse all poems by theme, browse all poems by form   or view all poetic forms.  The site also includes sections for teachers, and for students and a children's archive.
"Entries provide short biographies and bibliographies that link to the Poetry Bookshop Online, a British bookseller, where these recordings may be purchased as CDs."

Project Gutenberg
"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971...".   Over 27,000 books are available in their catalog; 100,000 titles available through their Partners, Affiliates, and Associates.  The collection includes classic books in history and literature published prior to 1923. The Online Book Catalog is browsable by author, title, language, or recently posted and searchable by author name, title, language or words in the full text of the eBook.  This site is designed for the casual reader rather than the scholar.

Representative Poetry Online (Department of English, University of Toronto)
Representative Poetry Online is a collection of 3162 English poems by 500 poets from the Middle Ages to the present. "It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, in 1912 (one of the first books published by the University of Toronto Press)."  The search function provides for keyword or concordance searching.  The content may be also be accessed through the following access points:  Poet Index (by name, by date); Poem Index (by title, by first line, by last line). Other features include a Calendar;  Glossary;  Criticism; Bibliography; and Canadian Poetry.

Romantic Circles
Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. It is published by the University of Maryland and supported, in part, by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the English Departments of Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Maryland.  The site is divided into a number of sections including:   the Romantic Circles Electronic Editions (a searchable archive of texts of the Romantic era)Romantic Circles Reviews (RCR) (reviews of key works of scholarship in the field ); Pedagogies (resources for teachers and professors of Romantic Studies to help them design and use online materials for teaching and is peer-reviewed); Scholarly Resources (a set of online research tools approved by the General Editors of the site, intended for the study of the Romantics, their contemporaries, and their cultural contexts).

Shakespeare Resource Center
This provides a comprehensive source of information on the life and works of William Shakespeare.  The site provides original material as well as annotated links to Shakespeare-related resouces elswhere on the Web.  The site is clearly organized and offers rich and varied information.  The resource will be useful to both students and the general reader -- providing a very good overview of Shakespeare's life and work, as well as a starting point for further research.

Sonnet Central
Sonnet Central is "an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work." Sonnets are grouped by period and country of origin but can also be accessed through an alphabetical list of authors or through a java navigation page.  The java navigation page includes a number of links including Sonnets by Place and Time, Sonnet Criticisms, Bibliography and a Listening Room.  "All of the sonnets included here (as well as most of those that are linked) are modernized texts for the general reader and are not presented for purposes of scholarly work."(The site)

Victoria Research Web - Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research Web
The Victoria Research Web "is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period."
The site is divided into a number of sections including Research Resources, Journals (contributor and subscription information, tables of contents, and online resources for some of the major journals in the field and a listing of book publishers), Discussion Group (includes a link that facilitates the searching of the Victoria Archives), Teaching (includes collection of syllabi and text suggestions contributed by teachers of 19th-century British history and literature), and Other Victorian Resources (includes an annotated guide to related resources).  The site also includes a useful bibliography - Victorian periodicals: aids to research.  This site is updated regularly.

Victorian Studies Bibliography
"Since 1933, the Victorian Bibliography has listed noteworthy publications (including articles, books, and reviews) that have a bearing on the Victorian period. Prepared by the staff of Victorian Studies and a committee of the Victorian Division of the Modern Language Association of America, the Bibliography annually indexes over 400 journals, representing scholarship in a range of disciplines."  The Bibliography is divided into six sections. Of particular interest are Section 5 which focuses on literature, literary history, and development of literary forms and Section 6 which lists individual authors, including new editions of their works, critical and biographical studies, and journals devoted to individual authors.  Coverage is from 1991-2003.

The Victorian Web
The Victorian web provides a comprehensive overview of the literature, history, and culture in the age of Victoria.. The site is divided into twenty-three sections.  The sections of particular interest for literature in this time period are: The Victorians, Gender Matters, Genre and Technique, Authors, Theater & Popular Entertainment, Victorian Web Books, Victorian Texts, Bibliography, Economic Contexts, Periodicals, Related WWW Resources, Book Reviews, and Neo-Victorianism.  Each section includes commentaries on individual themes that provide an introduction to the topic. The site is easy to browse and   includes a search engine.

Voice of the Shuttle
The Voice of the Shuttle (VoS) is created by Alan Liu of the U. California, Santa Barbara, English Department with a team of department graduate students and others.  It is a comprehensive, well-organized meta-site that provides links to all areas of the humanities.
The Contents section is arranged according to discipline which makes for easy browsing.    A simple search box is also included.  Of particular interest to students and researchers of literature are the links under Contents to Literature (in English), Literatures (other than English) and Literary Theory.  The Resources section of the site includes Academe, Teaching Resources, Journals & Zines, Listservs & Newsgroups, Conferences etc.

The William Blake Archive
"A free site on the World Wide Web since 1996, the Blake Archive was conceived as an international public resource that would provide unified access to major works of visual and literary art that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and more and more often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility. A growing number of contributors have given the Archive permission to include thousands of Blake's images and texts without fees. The Archive contains searchable and scalable electronic editions of copies of Blake's illuminated books in the context of full, up-to-date bibliographic information about each image, carefully edited transcriptions of all texts, detailed descriptions of all images, and extensive bibliographies. Also included are examples of Blake's other work-commercial book illustrations, separate prints, drawings and paintings, and manuscripts-as well as a searchable electronic version of David V. Erdman's Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, the standard printed edition for  reference." (
The Archive may be searched by title, keyword, etc. and searches differentiate between illuminated books and non-illuminated material. The Archive's images can be searched separately.  Items are grouped in the following categories:  figure; animal, vegetation, object, and structure. The figures are further sub-divided into Types, Characters, Postures and Attributes.
The site also includes a biography, glossary, general and specific bibliographies, collection lists, a list of related Internet sites and a copy of the eBook - The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, edited by David V. Erdman.

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875
"The Wright American Fiction online collection attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. It includes works by well known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a great many forgotten authors, whose works may have been very popular in their own time."  The collection of books, based on Lyle Wright's American Fiction 1851-1875, can be searched or browsed. The types of searching available include simple, proximity, Boolean and bibliographic. Browsing options include by author and via a word index. There is also the ability to search within text using simple search, Boolean search or proximity search.  The collection includes 2,887 volumes (1,763 unedited, 1,124 fully edited and encoded) by 1,456 authors. The site was last updated September 3, 2005.

Created by: Cathy Callaghan, B.A., M.L.S.
Modified by Suzanne Jones
Date Created: 28-February-2009
Date Revised: 16-February-2016