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English Language & Literature

Early Imprints / E-Texts

A database of 485,000 citations, this is a core resource for researching nineteenth-century topics focusing on cultural and intellectual life. Other periodical indexes are also searchable at this site. Citations only.

Canadian Institute for Historical Microproduction (CIHM)
The CIHM provides access to early printed Canadian materials on microfiche and through Early Canadiana Online. The collection contains more than 65 thousand titles from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. 
The fiche collection is shelved in the W.D. Jordan Library (Special Collections). To find out what is in the collection, search QCAT with keywords and add CIHM to your search: CIHM and "red river settlement"

Early English Books Online
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection, and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

Digital reproductions of nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published during the 18th century and representing every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.
Includes a comprehensive bibliography of the printed output of the hand-press era, lists the whereabouts of surviving copies, and notes the existence of facsimiles. The holdings of over 1,500 libraries around the world are represented. Geographically, the ESTC includes:
  1. All relevant items printed in the British Isles
  2. All relevant items printed in Colonial America, the United States (1776-1800) and Canada
  3. All relevant items printed in territories governed by Britain during any period up to 1800
  4. All relevant items, printed wholly or partly in English, or other British vernaculars, in any other part of the world
Intended to entertain, inform and educate American women; today considered to be one of the most important resources for 19th-century American life and culture.
Journals include: Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. 
Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama and Fiction
Includes fiction, poetry and plays written by Latin American writers with Hispanic background working in the United States.

Literature Online
Searchable database of English and American poetry, drama, and prose.

Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
REF AP3.R496
1890-1899, with supplementary indexing, 1900-1922.
Indexes and abstracts Canadian and U.S. journals, magazines, and newspapers.
NSTC aims to provide listings of British books printed between 1801 and 1919. "British books" are defined as "all books published in Britain, its colonies, and the United States of America; all books in English wherever published; and all translations from English."

Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Full-text primary resources (monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more) of Photography: The World Through the Lens; Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925; Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest; and Women: Transnational Networks.

Palmer's Index to The Times, 1790-1905

PEP Web provides access to the PEP Web archive, which contains both books and journal articles. The book archive includes the full text of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Freud's letters to his major collaborators and the full text of the major works by Wilfred Bion, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott along with other major psychoanalytic authors. The journals in the archive presently include the full text many premier English-language journals in psychoanalysis.

Project Gutenberg
Provides e-text editions of public domain novels and historical documents.

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
REF AI3.R2 from 1900-2006 (Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)
REF AP3.R496 (1890-1922) (Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature)

Indexes and abstracts Canadian and U.S. journals, magazines, and newspapers.

The Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)