This guide is intended to direct you to fundamental resources to use when performing research in the area of English Literature.The resources here are by no means comprehensive, but are intended to help you achieve a sound start to your work.
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A collection of digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - 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.
Sources: Early English Books I (Pollard & Redgrave, STC I), 1475-1640, Early English Books II (Wing, STC II), 1641-1700, Thomason Tracts.
A digitized collection of 150,000 English and foreign language books, pamphlets, broadsides and other ephemera published in the U.K. and the Americas between 1701 and 1800. Content is presented as full text page images which can be viewed online or downloaded as PDF documents. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide. Search interface: Gale InfoTrac.