Reference Materials - English/Writing and Ebooks
The Antislavery Literature Project
"The Antislavery Literature Project engages in public scholarship by providing educational access to the literature and history of the antislavery movement in the United States," which includes "slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophical literature, compendia, journals, manifestoes and children's literature." Also listed under History and Political Science.
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
Digitized collection of classic children's literature (each available online or printable) from the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida 's George A. Smathers Libraries. Also listed under Education.
The Celebrity Lecture Series
Streaming access to lectures given by famous authors at Michigan State University.
The Chicago Homer
Provides the works of Homer (onscreen only, not for download) in English and Greek side-by-side, along with a search function and concordance.
Dartmouth Dante Project
"The Dartmouth Dante Project (DDP) is a searchable full-text database containing more than seventy commentaries on Dante's Divine Comedy." From Dartmouth College.
Dickinson Electronic Archives
"A creative and critical collaboratory for reading Dickinson's material bodies and for featuring new critical and theoretical work about Emily Dickinson's writings, biography, reception, and influence."
Digital Book Index
A search engine for ebooks, both free and for purchase.
Emily Dickinson Archive
"Emily Dickinson Archive makes high-resolution images of Dickinson's surviving manuscripts available in open access, and provides readers with a website through which they can view images of manuscripts held in multiple libraries and archives." Also includes transcriptions of and information about each poem.
Folger Digital Texts
At Folger Digital Texts users can read Shakespeare's plays for free online or as pdfs with explanations of traditional editorial alterations to the plays. Also provides synopses, character information, and searching. From the Folger Shakespeare Library. Also listed under Theatre and Film.
Links to free technical ebooks in computer science, physics, math, medicine, and other subjects.
Garbl's Writing Center
A gateway to writing resources from a professional writer.
Getty Publications Virtual Library
"Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives," including over 250 publications from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute.
"HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world."
Free e- and audiobooks and poetry from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida.
The Lord of the Rings Family Tree Project
Includes a genealogy of the characters in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, maps, timelines, and statistics.
MIT Global Shakespeares
"The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field...As the archive grows, you will be able to view and study productions either in an environment focused on one area—Shakespeare Performance in Asia is the first of these—or in the context of world-wide Shakespeare production. The archive is a work in progress and currently includes a catalogue of more than 397 productions, 75 video clips, and online videos of over 30 full productions. This archive is intended to promote cross-cultural understanding and serve as a core resource for students, teachers, and researchers. We invite you to participate in this international research and educational online community." Also listed under Theatre and Film.
Off the Page
"This site gives you access to rare poetry recordings from the last five decades of UK poetry performances." Streaming only. From the University of Southampton.
Online Library of Liberty
Ebooks of "classic books about individual liberty."
Online Resources for Writers
Information about writing from Amherst College.
A resource for poetry and information about poets from the Academy of American Poets.
Over 42,000 free ebooks in a variety of formats, including out-of-copyright literary classics.
Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History
"[A]n online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries." Included are "personally annotated books owned by John Keats, Herman Melville, Hester Lynch Piozzi, and others; William Wordsworth's private library catalog; commonplace books used by Joseph Conrad, Washington Irving, Victor Hugo, and more;" and historical textbooks and records.
Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI)
"Over 2,000,000 images from various collections of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music are available for your viewing. Each collection has its own web site that is unrestricted in the interests of knowledge and learning." From the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
The Shelley-Godwin Archive
"The Shelley-Godwin Archive will provide the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, bringing together online for the first time ever the widely dispersed handwritten legacy of this uniquely gifted family of writers. The result of a partnership between the New York Public Library and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, in cooperation with Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the S-GA also includes key contributions from the Huntington Library, the British Library, and the Houghton Library. In total, these partner libraries contain over 90% of all known relevant manuscripts."
The Walt Whitman Archive
The Walt Whitman Archive provides digital access to Whitman's published work, "notebooks, manuscript fragments, prose essays, letters, and voluminous journalistic articles" and is "published by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln under a Creative Commons License."
Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing
Information about college writing from the University of Chicago.
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