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Full Text Resources for English & American Literary Studies

This page is intended to accompany the Graduate Student Workshops by collecting the online full-text resources available to students of literature in English.

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American Poetry Database Authentication Required
The American Poetry Full-Text Database features the works of more than 200 American poets, along with six landmark anthologies of American poetry. The database gathers the works of the most influential American poets, from the Colonial period to the early twentieth century.

American Verse Project Authentication Required
The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. The full text of each volume of poetry is being converted into digital form and coded in Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) using the TEI Guidelines, with various forms of access provided through the WWW.

Database of African American Poetry Authentication Required
Covers the works of 54 African-American poets writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and, through their writings, provides a unique portrait of early America.

Dictionary of Old English Corpus Authentication Required
The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts.

Early American Imprints Series I. Evans (1639-1800) Digital Edition Authentication Required
Every book, pamphlet, serial, and other printed work of significance published in America 1639 - 1800 with 36,000 items and 2. 4 million page images when complete. Based on Charles Evans, American Bibliography with additions from Roger Bristol's Supplement.

EEBO: Early English Books Online (Book Texts) Authentication Required
From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Among the thousands of titles featured in EEBO are works by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell and novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; almanacs, calendars, and many other primary sources.
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online (Page Images) Authentication Required
    From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Among the thousands of titles featured in EEBO are works by Malory, Bacon, More, Erasmus, Boyle, Newton, Galileo; musical exercises by Henry Purcell and novels by Aphra Behn; prayer books, pamphlets, and proclamations; almanacs, calendars, and many other primary sources.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online Authentication Required
Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

English Poetry Database Authentication Required
This database comprises the works of almost 1,350 poets from 600-1900. Certain categories of material have been excluded from the database: translations into English verse after 1800, hymns published after 1800, works in languages other than English, verse drama intended for the stage, and poems never published or only published in contemporary newspapers, journals or miscellanies.

English Verse Drama Authentication Required
English Verse Drama contains more than 2,000 works by around 450 named authors and approximately 230 anonymous works, from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late thirteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.

Literature Online (LION)
With hundreds of thousands of full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with online criticism and a reference library, Literature Online is one of the world's largest cross-searchable databases of literature and criticism. Listed below are the individual collections that comprise LION.
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  • African-American Poetry
    The early history of African American poetry, from the first recorded poem by an African American (Lucy Terry Prince's 'Bars Fight', c.1746) to the major poets of the nineteenth century, including Paul Laurence Dunbar and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
  • American Drama 1714-1915
    Containing more than 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth, American Drama 1714-1915 reflects American dramatic writing in all its richness and diversity: plays in verse, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays, temperance dialogues and a range of other genres are represented. Major dramatists include David Belasco, Rachel Crothers, Augustin Daly, Clyde Fitch, Edward Harrigan, James Herne, William Dean Howells and Joaquin Miller.
  • American Poetry
    Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century.
  • Canadian Poetry
    Created in partnership with the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick Libraries, this unique collection contains the full text of more than 19,000 poems by 177 poets including Bliss Carman, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Archibald Lampman, Charles G. D. Roberts and Duncan Campbell Scott, offering a comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth.
  • Early American Fiction 1789-1850
    Facsimile page images and keyword-searchable full text for more than four hundred works of American prose fiction published before 1850, including key titles such as James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Early American Fiction 1789-1850 is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Virginia Library, and published by ProQuest Information and Learning in collaboration with the University of Virginia.
  • Early American Fiction 1789-1875
    A unique collection of American fictional prose sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Virginia Library, and published by ProQuest Information and Learning in collaboration with the University of Virginia. Early American Fiction 1789-1875 offers the full text of more than 700 first editions of American novels and short stories by such authors as Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, as well as a host of minor writers of the period.
  • Early English Prose Fiction
    A collection of more than 200 works from the period 1500-1700, exploring the rich diversity of prose fiction in English in the period preceding the emergence of the realist novel as its dominant form. Early English Prose Fiction offers the full text of works by key writers such as John Bunyan, Sir Philip Sidney, Thomas Nashe and Aphra Behn, and has been produced in association with the Salzburg Centre for Research on the Early English Novel
  • Eighteenth Century Fiction
    A collection of 96 complete works of English prose from the period 1700-1780 by writers from the British Isles. Key figures covered include Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne and Jonathan Swift. In addition to a scanned version of Sterne's Tristram Shandy, the collection also contains two different editions of Richardson's Clarissa and Pamela, and of Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
  • English Drama
    A unique collection of more than 3,900 plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde.
  • English Poetry
    The original ground-breaking Chadwyck-Healey collection, English Poetry contains essentially the complete English poetic canon from the 8th century to the early 20th. Over 160,000 poems by more than 1,250 poets are drawn from nearly 4,500 printed sources.
  • English Poetry, 2nd Edition
    English Poetry, Second Edition redefines the English poetic canon for the 21st century, building on the achievement of the original English Poetry collection with enhanced functionality and the addition of more than 20,000 poems. The most comprehensive archive of English verse available now offers incomparable representation both of the literary heritages of former colonial countries and of the poetic legacies of English writers who have only been brought back to scholarly attention during the last thirty years.
  • Faber Poetry Library
    A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. The Faber list spans the seventy-year history of this major publishing house, and includes the poetry of Thom Gunn, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Wendy Cope and Seamus Heaney. In total The Faber Poetry Library contains 140 volumes by 50 poets.
  • King James Bible
    The King James or 'Authorized' edition of the Bible (1611) was the standard edition of the Bible for nearly three centuries, drawing heavily on previous editions and providing the principal influence for many subsequent versions. It is arguably the most influential single document for English literary studies in general. The text (of the 'He' version) is given in full, with all introductory matter, annotation, calendars, genealogies and tables included.
  • Nineteenth Century Fiction
    A collection of 250 British and Irish novels from the period 1782 to 1903, stretching from the golden age of Gothic fiction to the Decadent and New Woman novels of the 1890s. Major novelists of the period such as Austen, Scott, Mary Shelley, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy and the Bront's feature alongside popular romances, sensation fiction, colonial adventure novels and children's literature.
  • Twentieth Century African-American Poetry
    A database of modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.
  • Twentieth Century American Poetry
    This unparalleled collection includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.
  • Twentieth Century English Poetry
    A collection of 598 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present day, including W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Thom Gunn, Fleur Adcock, Paul Muldoon, Tony Harrison, Benjamin Zephaniah and Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporating the poets in The Faber Poetry Library.





Reference Sources

English Short Title Catalogue
This database provides descriptions of English-language (primarily) books and other printed materials produced before 1801. Full bibliographic descriptions, typically including author name, title, publisher, place of publication, language, year of publication, notes, and records of libraries reporting as holding the item. Covers books, pamphlets, broadsides, songs, advertisements, etc. printed before 1801 in the English language anywhere in the world, or in any language in the British Isles or British dependencies.

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Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism, The Authentication Required
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism provides 226 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. Each entry includes a selective primary and secondary bibliography with extensive cross-referencing with hyperlinks.
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LitFINDER
LitFINDER provides either the full text or a citation to a print source in which to read any of 125,000 poems, 5000 stories, 2800 essays, 1000 plays, and 1800 speeches, with new material added regularly.
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MLA International Bibliography Authentication Required
The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

Oxford English Dictionary Online
Full-text of the 2nd ed. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prepared by J.A. Simpson and E.S.C. Weiner. Also available in print.
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Oxford Reference Online Authentication Required
This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Authentication Required
Cumulating the annual bibliographies in Shakespeare Quarterly, this database lists books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare published or produced between 1964 and early 2005. The scope is international, including more than 118 languages from around the world. The 102,200 records also cite several hundred thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings. Search by author, title, subject, keyword, phrase, date, language, publisher, and/or periodical title.

Victorian Database Online
This database covers the British Victorian period, from about 1830 to the beginning the War in 1914. It is interdisciplinary, containing information on publications from 500+ journals on painting, architecture and music, philosophy and religion, histories of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the British colonial empire, sociology, women's studies, law and education, science, technology and medicine, and literature.
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