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This webliography provides access to a variety of scholarly electronic texts and other historical documents which are freely available on the Internet. For further information and assistance please contact the Reference Department on the 2nd Floor of the AUM Library or by phone at 334-244-3649.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century (NYPL)

    "A digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th century black women writers."

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

    Created by Eric Lease Morgan, "the Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as philosophy."

American Memory

    American Memory provides "a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."

The ARTFL Project (University of Chicago)

    "The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language, ARTFL provides access to collections of texts, bibliographies, and reference works."


    Provides access to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and common reference sources.


    Provides access to free online literature and study guides. Read classic fiction, drama, poetry, short stories & contemporary articles and interviews. Study literature book notes, author biographies, book summaries, & reference books. Research study guides to the most read books.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (MIT)

    Provides access to the full-text of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, & tragedies.

Documenting the American South (UNC)

    "Collection of over 1,266 books and manuscripts on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century."

Early Americas Digital Archive (University of Maryland)

    "A collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820."

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts (University of Pittsburgh)

    D. L. Ashliman provides an extensive three part list (folk and mythology, folk and fairy tale, & Germanic myths, legends and sagas) arranged alphabetically by title.

The Internet Classics Archive (MIT)

    "Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors (mainly Greco-Roman works)."

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham)

    "Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to type."

MOA: Making of America (University of Michigan)

    "Provides primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology."

MOA: Making of America (Cornell University)

    "Provides primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology" which are different offerings from the University of Michigan's site.

Shakespeare In Quarto

"On this site you will find the British Library’s 93 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the theatres were closed in 1642."

The Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania)

    Editor, John Mark Ockerbloom created "The Online Books Page that facilitates access to over 20,000 books that are freely readable over the Internet."

The Online Medieval & Classical Library (Berkeley Digital Library)

    Douglas Killings created this site to provide access to a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization.

Project Gutenberg

    Users may browse or search one of the largest collections of etexts on the web provided by the oldest producer of free electronic texts.

Public Library of Science

    The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center

    "Holdings include over 70,000 humanities texts in thirteen languages."

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875 (Indiana University Digital Library Program)

    "This is a collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There is currently access to 2,887+ volumes by 1,448+ authors."
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