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ENGLISH 200: Full Text

Resources for Research

Full Text of Literary Works and Digitized Collections

Literature Online (UCB only) Good source for English and American poetry, novels and drama. Can be searched in a variety of ways, including for single words or phrases.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (UCB only) When finished, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. In essence, reproductions of the works listed in Pollard & Redgrave, Wing, and the Thomason Tracts.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (UCB only) When completed, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in Great Britain or its colonies from 1701-1800.

Archive of Americana (UCB only) A grouping of full-text books, pamphlets, newspapers and government publications. Titles include those listed in Early American Imprints, Series 1 (1639-1800), which is based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and covers every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America. It also includes Early American Imprints, Series II (1801-1819), which is based on the Shaw/Shoemaker extension of Evans. The Archive also consists of Early American Newspapers, Series I (1690-1876), American State Papers, 1789-1838, and the U. S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1970.

Making of America (Cornell) and Making of America (Michigan) together contain over 10,000 monographs and thousands of journal articles published in the U.S. in the 19th century.

Empire Online (UCB only) Primary texts relating to Empire Studies.

Google Book Search UC has now become part of what may be the largest scan in history. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to read the entire UC collection online before you graduate.

Hathi Trust   Digital archive formed by contributions from member institutions.  Can search in copyright works and read/download those in the public domain.

Internet Archive: Text Archive Working with an impressive list of participants, including the University of California, Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive are scanning public domain texts and making them freely available.

Open Library is an offshoot of Kahle and the Internet Archive.   What's particularly helpful is that each title has its own page with links to online printings/editions, which somewhat eases the pain of comparing them.

Universal Library The Million Books Project is the first part of establishing the Universal Library, which aims to provide free access to all human knowledge. The MBP adheres to current U.S. copyright law so is concentrating on books in the public domain.

Books Online Good database with links to over 25,000 electronic texts. Can search by author, title, subject.

Bartleby Library A "national digital library" of various texts and reference works ranging from Leaves of Grass to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

Oxford Text Archive Simple and advanced search options. Be aware that some texts have access restrictions.

Middle English Compendium (UCB only) The Middle English Compendium offers easy access to and interconnectivity with 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 an associated network of electronic resources, including a large collection of Middle English texts.

Dictionary of Old English/Old English Corpus (UCB only) A complete record of most surviving Old English (over 3000 texts).

Project Gutenberg This pioneer in making texts freely available now has over 33,000 texts. 

Electronic Journals

Project Muse  (UCB only) Contains full-text of an ever-expanding list of scholarly journals. Includes such standards as ELH, Postmodern Culture, and New Literary History.  Can search the text.

JSTOR (UCB only) Archive of back issues of scholarly journals in various disciplines. Including Representations.

American Periodicals Series Online, 1749-1900 (UCB only) Can also be searched through C19. Contains digitized images of 1,100 journals and magazines.

British Periodicals (Collection I)  160 British periodicals published during the 18th-early 20th Centuries.

Modernist Journals Project  Primary sources published 1890-1922, mostly journals.  Also has biographical information, some monographs, a periodical directory, essays from and about the period and suggestions for teaching.  See also the Modernist Magazines Project website.