Primary Texts

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Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts  “The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a full-text indexed collection of classic American and English literature as well as Western philosophy in the public domain and written or translated into English.”

Bartleby.com  Bartleby.com is a site devoted to reproducing many of the great works of world literature that are in the public domain and allowing users free access to these works on the Web.

Bibliomania  Bibliomania provides over 2000 free classic texts.

E-Books Directory  “E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet.”

Internet Archive Text Archive  “Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books.”

Internet Poetry Archive (IPA)  “The University of North Carolina Press joins the UNC Office of Information Technology in publishing the Internet Poetry Archive. The archive makes available over a worldwide computer network selected poems from a number of contemporary poets. The goal of the project is to make poetry accessible to new audiences (at little or no cost) and to give teachers and students of poetry new ways of presenting and studying these poets and their texts.”

Literature of India  Provides easy access to ancient literary works of India. Author information is in English; texts are in the original language.

Literature Project  “Literature Project is a collection of free classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. For each piece of literature, we offer a free online eBook that can be easily read and searched.”

Ohio State University Press  Click on the link, Open Access, on the left side of the page. Contains the complete texts of selected books published by Ohio State University Press.

Open Library  Open Library features over one million free e-book titles including classic literature.

Poets, Poets.org  “Poets.org currently features biographies of more than 500 poets, with new pages being added all the time.” Links to the author’s works are available to the right of each biography.

Project Gutenberg  Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks in a variety of subjects.

The Literature Network  This site offers “searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. To find the work you’re looking for start by looking through the author index. We currently have over 3000 full books and over 4000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors. Our quotations database has over 8500 quotes.”

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 “UC [University of California] Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.”

University of Oxford Text Archive (OTA)  “The University of Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, in research, teaching and learning.”

University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions  “The University of Pittsburgh Press and the University Library System (ULS) have formed a partnership to make books published by the Press available online.”

Words without Borders  “Words without Borders translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature.”

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