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Resources for the English Major
Practical Employment Resources for the English Major
- Editorial Jobs/Industry Websites
- Freelance Writing
www.bookjobs.com (for jobs and internships)
A Wide Variety of Digital Literature Online
- MOA Texts: Here you can search through dozens of early American periodicals - among them the Southern Literary Messenger and the American Whig Review - and retrieve actual images of full pages with illustrations. A limited number of books are also included, and all texts are keyword-searchable. The collection is split between Cornell University and the University of Michigan:
- The American Memory Collection is the premier online amalgamation of materials (including artwork, photographs, sound recordings, and early motion pictures) from American history and literature:
- The University of Virginia has a wonderful collection of online texts, many of which can be searched from its public site: search the Publicly Accessible Texts at the
- The Labyrinth website is one of the earliest and best online collections of online texts; its focus is on medieval literature:
- For those who 'prefer not to,' Project Bartelby offers a variety of canonical texts online:
Resources for Composition and Rhetoric in English:
- The following are informative and helpful resources students interested in Composition and Rhetoric, or the Rhetoric and Writing minor, will find helpful:
- Bibliography of American Literature (BAL) The Bibliography of American Literature (9 volumes, Yale University Press, 1955-1991) provides nearly 40,000 records of the literary works of approximately 300 American writers. Coverage includes 1776 to 1930.
- Modern American Poetry (MAPS) MAPS is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern American poetry. It is an online journal and multimedia companion to The Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000).
- The Academy of American Poets
- Al Filreis’s “Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” Site A compendium of resources on 20th century American poetry.
- Early American Imprints, Series I (1639 - 1800) Indexes more than 36,000 items consisting of some 2,400,000 images offering insight into every aspect of American life in the 17th and 18th centuries such as agriculture, auctions, foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, and witchcraft. Provides online access to the print and microform counterparts American Bibliography by Charles Evans, and Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography by Roger Bristol. (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
- Early American Imprints, Series II (1801-1819) Indexes more than 36,000 books, pamphlets, broadsides, state papers and other print genres published from 1801-1819. Covers all aspects of American life including taxation, public health and diseases, slavery, military law, Indians, Christianity, cosmology, etiquette, and much more. Based on the American Bibliography of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
- C19: The Nineteenth Century Index Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. C19 Index draws on the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
- Making of America (Cornell University) Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles from 22 journals with 19th century imprints. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon the primary materials at these two institutions.
- Making of America (University of Michigan) Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon unique primary materials held at each institution.
- American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900 Contains digitized images of more than 1,100 periodicals. Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically significant magazines.
- Early American Newspapers Access to hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. Based largely on Clarence Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers,1690-1820." (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
- Emily Dickinson Electronic Archives
Nineteenth Century Literature
- Victorian Web Woven by George Landow at Brown, this is an example of what an intelligently done web site can be. Useful for many aspects of Victorian life.
- Victorian Database Online Index to scholarship in all fields of nineteenth-century British studies published from 1945-present.
- British Fiction 1800-1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception Cardiff University's Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research produced this listing of nearly 2300 works by around 900 authors. Entries include information about format, editions, advertisements, reviews and may be searched or browsed. Quite useful for anyone doing work in this period.
- 19th Century British Newspapers Contains full runs of 49 papers selected by the British Library as representative. It contains regional and national papers in England as well as papers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Content comes from penny papers read by the working class and papers advocating political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism and Home Rule.
- The Nineteenth-Century Index The most comprehensive and dynamic source for discovering nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives.
- Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture A journal with a wide range of materials that engage with various intertextual and print-cultural aspects of the Romantic period.
- British Association for Romantic Studies
- The Walter Scott Digital Archive
- The Rossetti Archive
- The Complete Work of Charles Darwin On-Line
- Darwin Correspondence Project The searchable full texts of more than 6,000 of Darwin’s letters and information on 9,000 more.
How About Some Shakespeare?
- Open Source Shakespeare: http://opensourceshakespeare.com/
-The complete works online, with search features
- The First Folio, UVA: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/003081548
-A reprint of Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio
- Primary Sources Archive, The Folger Shakespeare Library: http://www.folger.edu/eduPrimSrcArch.cfm
-A collection of primary early modern documents that contextualize Shakespeare's work, arranged by topic and by the plays they pertain to
- Understanding Shakespeare, JSTOR and The Folger Shakespeare Library: http://labs.jstor.org/shakespeare/about
-An open-access collection of Shakespeare's plays with links to scholarly articles
Writing Resources for the English Major
- Strunk, Elements of Style A simple and basic handbook for effective composition of sentences and of essays. (Sadly, its amplification by Strunk's student E.B. White is still in copyright and not available for free.)
- Academic Word List As an aid to enhance academic vocabulary, this site divides the Academic Word List (the most common 808 words in academic texts in English, excluding the most frequent 2000 words in English) into eleven levels.
- Oxford English Dictionary (OED) The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Entries contain detailed etymological analyses that trace word development through time and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English-language sources.
- Chicago Manual of Style Online Searchable, online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) providing two basic documentation systems, the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date system for editors and writers.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab Writing resources and easily searchable instructions in citation practices (especially MLA format) for research papers as well as other tips on resumé and CV composition.
- Fowler, The King's English