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English Literature


Starting Points
Alan Liu, University of California Santa Barbara
Maintained by Jack Lynch at Rutgers.
Additional Sites Recommended by Queen's Faculty
Harvard University
Martin Irvine & Deborah Everhart, Georgetown University
Sarah Stanbury & Virginia Raguin, College of the Holy Cross
Russell Peck et al, University of Rochester
For other related sources, see History Websites Medieval.


Starting Points
Additional Sites Recommended by Queen's Faculty
Digital library of over 100,000 individual titles from 1473-1700.
Michael Best, University of Victoria

Milton Reading Room
Thomas Luxon et al, Dartmouth College. This site contains all of Milton's poetry in English, Italian, Latin, and Greek, and selections of his prose.

18th Century

Starting Points
Additional Sites Recommended by Queen's Faculty
E-texts of 150,000 books published in the eighteenth century.
Jack Lynch, Rutgers University


Starting Points
Additional Sites Recommended by Queen's Faculty
Sheffield Hallam University & Corvey Library, Germany. A database containing works by and about 417 women writers.

Romantic Circles

Neil Fraistat & Steve Jones, eds., University of Maryland. A refereed scholarly website.
Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, & Joseph Viscomi, eds., Library of Congress.


Starting points

Voice of the Shuttle - Victorian 

Victorian British Literary Resources 

You will find below Victorian literature and culture resources not listed on the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers.

General resources

The Victorian Dictionary
Compiled by Lee Jackson, an author of historical thrillers and nonfiction about Victorian London, this site is a searchable collection of excerpts from books, pamphlets, academic works and periodicals, original writings by the author, and images (including many from Punch). The site is worth a look for online researchers, although, as the author notes in his bibliography, serious scholars should consult an original copy of the materials referenced.

Victoria Research Web 
A guide to research on 19th century Britain, including short reference works produced by scholars, such as guides to periodical research, locating and using Victorian publishing records, and planning a research trip to Britain. Additionally, the site hosts “At the Circulating Library,” a database that catalogs information about three-volume novels published during the Victorian period and serialization information for more than 60 periodicals..

Victorian Web: Victorian Social History: An Overview
An example of one of the many sub-pages of the Victorian Web that organizes links by topic, genre, or individual. A great starting point for any Web research on Victorian culture. Also see overview pages on political history, religion, visual arts, technology, and more accessible from the site’s home page. 

Art and entertainment

British Library: Early Photographically Illustrated Books
An online exhibit documenting the advent of photographically illustrated books, including nearly 1,500 early prints on a variety of subjects.

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema
This site is based on the book by the same name published by the British Film Institute. The site provides a biographical guide to Victorian film, from the 1870s through 1901. Includes 300 searchable biographies of filmmakers, actors, and other notable figures in early film. 

Victorian serials and publications

19th Century British Pamphlets Online
The result of two large scale cataloging and digitization projects, records for nearly 180,000 pamphlets held within 21 UK research libraries have been created and linked to digitized versions in JSTOR.

Aspects of the Victorian Book
Online exhibition from the British Library providing an introduction to printing technology, formats (including yellowbacks, “three-deckers,” and penny dreadfuls), illustration techniques, and more.

Nineteenth-century Serials Edition
Searchable database of the digitized versions of six 19th-century serials and newspapers segmented to the article level and downloadable.

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical (Sci-Per) Index
Searchable index to the science, technology, and medical content of 16 19th century nonscientific periodicals. Invaluable resource for those researching the representation and interpretation of science in the general literature of 19th century Britain. Alternate access. 

The Internet Archive
An essential resource for any researcher looking for digitized material in audio, video, or text formats. This immense “Internet library” offers almost two million digitized texts, including many 19th century periodicals. 

Notable individuals and their work

The Carlyle Letters Online
An electronic collection of more than 10,000 letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle based on the print volumes that make up The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, published by Duke University Press. The ability to create a free account with which the user can set up folders, save searches and letters, and create e-mail alerts is available. 

Darwin Correspondence Project
Site based on a project founded in 1974 to collect letters by and to Charles Darwin. Contains the full text of more than 6,000 letters and information on 9,000 additional letters, as well as essays and other supplementary material describing the letters and their context. All letters are published in the print volumes of Correspondence of Charles Darwin (Cambridge University Press). Well organized and beautifully enhanced with relevant images, this site is a must for any Darwin researcher. 

Darwin Online
Comprehensive site containing more than 90,000 pages of searchable text and more than 200,000 electronic images. Contains a complete collection of Darwin’s publications, including both the digitized image of the text and the formatted electronic text. Includes many signed and annotated copies of texts and many are available in languages other than English. Also includes a large collection of Darwin’s manuscripts and private papers, many not published elsewhere. 

Statistical and regional information

A Vision of Britain Through Time
This site was created by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at the University of Portsmouth. It provides a geographical survey of Britain from 1801 to 2001, including census reports, historical maps, election results, and the largest collection of historical British travel writing available online. Best used for tracking statistical trends for specific counties, districts, and parishes within Britain.

Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps and Police Notebooks (1886–1903)
Provides an index to the original records of Booth’s Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London, an extensive study of working class life undertaken between 1886 and 1903, which is archived at the London School of Economics and Political Science library. Also contains a great deal of digitized material, including police notebooks and the Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, in which maps of London were color-coded to indicate the poverty level and social class in different areas of the city. 

Historical Directories
A collection of digitized local and trade directories for England and Wales from 1760s to 1910s. Useful for research in local and genealogical history. 

HISTPOP: The Online Historical Population Reports Website
Provides online access to the British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937 as well as supplementary documents from the National Archives, critical essays, and other material.

Crime and punishment

Studies in Scarlet: Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. and U.K., 1815–1914
Digitized images of more than 420 separately published trial narratives from the extensive collections of the Harvard Law School Library. Included are American, British, and Irish cases from 1815 to 1914 involving child custody, bigamy, and violent crime as it relates to sex and marriage.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674–1913
Beautifully organized and fully searchable collection of the digitized images and electronic text of the proceedings of more than 197,745 criminal trials held at the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, from 1674 to 1913. Also includes contemporary maps, images , and other supplementary material.

The Workhouse
Detailed and comprehensive site on all aspects of the workhouses in Britain, including more than 5,000 illustrations and photos and 1,800 maps and building plans.


Starting Points
Additional Sites Recommended by Queen's Faculty
Kathleen Nichols, Pittsburg State University
Richard A. Parker