Sunday, June 28, 2009

Literature On the Web

A Resource list for English Literature students.

One of the assignments I had this month for my collection development course in library science grad school was to compile a list of Internet resources for students. I chose to look for literature websites, databases, and sites, since that is one of my chief interests. I wanted to share what I found here on the blog, since I was really quite amazed at the wealth. Thinking back to when I was an English major in the early 80s, I just can not believe what a difference there is in what is easily available today. It's just phenomenal!

E-book collections: (Quoted text comes directly from the linked websites)

Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts: "This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy."

Digital Book Index: "This index is intended as a "Meta-index" for most major eBook sites, along with thousands of smaller specialized sites."

Electronic Texts on the Internet: This is an extensive list from RefDesk.com of many full text literature sites on the Internet. It includes links to many of the other sites I have referenced here. From Beowulf to Kafka, the Constitution to Project Muse, Elements of Style, Library of Congress and World Lecture Hall.

International Children's Digital Library: Wide variety of full text & illustrated children's books to be read/listened to online. New supporters & contributors are welcome.

Internet Public Library: "A wide variety of free, full-text sources for literature on the web."

Million Books Project: Collection of scanned texts, Not extensive. Browse by subject.

The Online Books Page: "Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web - Updated Friday, June 19, 2009 "

Project Gutenberg: "There are nearly 30,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. A grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources."


Internet sites & search engines:

Bartleby.com: Great books, authors, literary encyclopedias online.

Columbia University Press: Database of full text poetry, e-books, gazetteer of the world, and other electronically published resources.

Gale's Literary Index " a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source."

Google Books: Search engine for full text and citations of thousands of books and magazines, in co-operation with authors, publishers & libraries.

Google Scholar: "provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations."

Kidlitosphere Central: "strives to provide a passage to the wonderful variety of resources available from the society of bloggers in children's and young adult literature."

LibraryThing: catalog your books, read reviews of books, find author profiles, & make literary connections. "World's largest book club."

New York Times book reviews online.

Poets.org: website of the American Academy of Poets. Poem, biographies, literary essays.

Poetry Foundation: "The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture."

Scholar's Guide to the WWW: extensive list of helpful links on every scholarly subject.

WWW Virtual Library: Index to Open Access (free) sites for encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, biographies and other reference works.

Yahoo Directory for Literature: Links to all things literature, bookish, author-related, social networking and publishing on the web.

5 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

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Mary Lee said...

What a great resource! Yeah, we were just talking the other day about typing papers. Typing. Yeah, I remember that...

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Carleen, I was just thinking about that the other day. I'll send you my address cause I would love to have a button!

MaryLee can you believe how much things have changed? Typing papers was a major headache for me. If I had had the tools then that I have now.... oy vey. It makes me wonder at what the next generation can produce and accomplish.

Zetta Elliott said...

What a great list! If I were still teaching, I'd pass this on to my students. I know there's a lot of controversy over digital rights, but giving most of the world free access to (information about) books has potential to be SO transformative...

April Sage said...

Thank you for this delightful and useful list.