Recommended Websites--English


Academic Web Links - Useful for Library Research

  • The American Verse Project. Provides electronic versions of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920. Poets include Stephen Vincent Benet, Emily Dickinson, Emerson, Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edgar Allan Poe, Carl Sandburg, and many more.
  • A literary resources providing contemporary and classic references on verse, fiction and non-fiction.
  • A Celebration of Women Writers.
  • The Geoffrey Chaucer Website. This site is compiled by Harvard University's Chaucer Program. It provides a wide range of glossed Middle English texts and translations of analogues relevant to Chaucer's works, as well as selections from relevant works by earlier and later writers, critical articles from a variety of perspectives, graphics, and general information on life in the Middle Ages. At the moment the site concentrates on the Canterbury Tales, but the longer-term goal is to create a more general Chaucer page.

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The World Wide Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Full texts can be obtained by searching either the chronological listing or the alphabetical listing.
  • Middle English Dictionary. The electronic Middle English Dictionary. The print MED, completed in 2001, as 15,000 pages offering a comprehensive analysis of lexicon and usage for the period 1100-1500 and is the largest collection of this kind available. This electronic version of the MED preserves all the details of the print MED, but goes far beyond this, by converting its contents into an enormous database, searchable in ways impossible within any print dictionary.

  • Native American Authors. This website provides information on Native North American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts and tribal websites.

  • The Online Medieval and Classical Library. An archive being assembled as a service to the Internet. Provides a free and easy way for the computer user to access some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization. Unless otherwise noted, all texts are public domain.
  • The Paris Review  Partially funded by the National Endlowment for the Arts. Provides links to curent and archived issues, audio files, interviews, and current literary events. Most pieces contain an original sheet of marked-up manuscript, and many older interviews are available in full-text downloadable PDF format. Includes interviews about writing conducted with almost every major American writer who has published in the last 50 years.

  • Project Gutenberg. Full-text of famous classic books and other important titles published before 1923. As of November of 2002, there were more than 6,267 e-books available on Project Guttenberg.
  • Repositories of Primary Sources A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.

  • Romantic Chronology. The site covers the period from 1660 to 1851. It is broken into time periods and then into individual years. The Chronology provides links to reference information, full-text articles and primary materials and graphic items.
  • Science fiction and fantasy research database  Contains more than 73,000 historial and critical citations abou the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror
  • TEAMS Middle English texts  Created by The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS), this is one of the most important free Web sites for Middle English literary studies, especially for teaching. 
  • Voice of the Shuttle Homepage.