Free Educational Web Resources

Online Texts & Text Search

  • Autho­ra­ma
    • This site pro­vides many impor­tant pub­lic domain texts in a free, easy-to-read for­mat.
  • Bartel­by
  • Elec­tron­ic Text Cen­ter Col­lec­tions
    • Orga­nized by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, this col­lec­tion fea­tures 70,000 elec­tron­ic texts, rang­ing across many top­ics and lan­guages. This col­lec­tion holds a great deal of texts from the Amer­i­can and Eng­lish lit­er­ary tra­di­tion (poet­ry, essays, fic­tion etc.). The Mod­ern Eng­lish col­lec­tion is par­tic­u­lar­ly robust.
  • Epis­teme Links — Phi­los­o­phy e‑texts
    • From this site, you can search by name for texts writ­ten by indi­vid­ual philoso­phers, and the site will then point you to them.
  • Euro­pean Lit­er­a­ture
    • This site will con­ve­nient­ly direct you to col­lec­tions of lit­er­ary e‑texts from dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries.
  • Google Book Search
    • Once ful­ly devel­oped, Book Search will ide­al­ly let users search the world of print text and help them dis­cov­er new books and ideas. You might par­tic­u­lar­ly want to check out the area ded­i­cat­ed to Shake­speare.
  • Google Schol­ar
    • Pro­vides a sim­ple way to broad­ly search for schol­ar­ly lit­er­a­ture. Includes peer-reviewed papers, the­ses, books, abstracts and arti­cles, from aca­d­e­m­ic pub­lish­ers, pro­fes­sion­al soci­eties, preprint repos­i­to­ries, uni­ver­si­ties and oth­er schol­ar­ly orga­ni­za­tions. You can get more infor­ma­tion about the scope of the prod­uct here.
  • High­Wire Press
    • The same idea as Google Schol­ar above. Actu­al­ly much of High­Wire’s con­tent is con­tributed direct­ly to Schol­ar’s con­tent col­lec­tion. So you can access HW mate­r­i­al in essen­tial­ly two places.
  • Inter­net His­to­ry Source­books Projects
  • Live Aca­d­e­m­ic Search (Microsoft)

    • Win­dows Live Aca­d­e­m­ic Search is Microsoft­’s ver­sion of Google Schol­ar.
  • Mak­ing of Amer­i­ca
    • Assem­bled by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, this site offers a dig­i­tal library of pri­ma­ry sources in Amer­i­can social his­to­ry from the ante­bel­lum peri­od through recon­struc­tion. The col­lec­tion cur­rent­ly con­tains approx­i­mate­ly 9,500 books and 50,000 jour­nal arti­cles.
  • Online Books Page
  • Oxford Text Archive
    • The OTA works close­ly with mem­bers of the Arts and Human­i­ties aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty to col­lect, cat­a­logue, and pre­serve high-qual­i­ty elec­tron­ic texts for research and teach­ing. It’s an extreme­ly rich col­lec­tion, rang­ing from ancient texts to mod­ern.
  • Perseus Dig­i­tal Library
    • A data­base offer­ing access to over 600 pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary texts focus­ing on the Clas­si­cal World. Here, you’ll find Home­r’s Ili­ad and the Odyssey, among oth­er works.
  • Phi­los­o­phy on eServ­er
    • Anoth­er site that offers access to canon­i­cal philo­soph­i­cal texts, from Aris­to­tle to Der­ri­da.
  • Project Guten­berg
    • Con­tains 19,000 free books in full text.
  • The New York Times First  Chap­ters Col­lec­tion
    • Access the com­plete first chap­ters of books reviewed in NY Times Book Review, or appear­ing on the best­seller lists.

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