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  • Collection of digital documents, including American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Can read online as Local Copy or download as an ebook.
  • Many reference books published on the web
  • Many famous poems online
  • Index to full-text works dating from the 8th to the 20th century.
  • Searchable index of 102,000 electronic books, many of which may be downloaded free of charge. Log-in required.
  • Texts to view, print, or download.
  • Includes criticism, essays, poetry, drama, translations in numerous languages.
  • Database provides a "descriptive guide to 2130 works, 1097 authors, and 161 publishers." Entries cover poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction in electronic format.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • This site lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Grouped by language collections are listed according to size, individual authors are arranged alphabetically. Produced by the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Site contains links to electronic versions of texts by seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century authors.
  • A compilation of over 240authors and their works, chronologically arranged.
  • "The Humanities Text Intitiative, a unitof the University of Michigan's DigitalLibrary Production Service, has providedonline access to full text resources since 1994." The extensive range of searchable online texts inludes such subjects as English literature, philosophy, theology, history, and linguistics.
  • Numerous online novels and stories maintained by the University of Maryland.
  • Profiles of journalists "who inspired us to get into this business by setting an example of telling the truth whatever the cost and whatever the difficulties."
  • A "multilayered grouping of works in literature and the humanities. From medieval to modern, scholarly to satirical, there is something for everyone. Diversity rules: there are texts translated from Nordic languages, and texts left untranslated from Spanish poetry old and new and a rich vein of information about the writer James Joyce."
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • Another source for e-texts which include plays, accessible by author, title and subject.
  • Serves as an index to more than 18,000 public domain books on the web, searchable by author, title, and subject.
  • Currently, the OTA's holdings of high-quality, well-documented electronic texts include 2500 titles in 25 languages. These include the works of individual authorsm reference works, and a range of linguistic corpora.
  • Over 400 digitized texts, in a site constructed to allow the visitor to read some of the world's great books.
  • Over 1500 books online
  • Established in 1995,this site contains a variety of work, including poetry, travel accounts, and political tracts.
  • "This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction,1851-1875. There are currently 1752 texts included (1602 unedited, 155 fully edited and encoded) by 845 authors."

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