ENGLISH 200: Resources for Research

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Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) (UCB only) The MLAIB is the largest index of critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, containing over 2 million citations.  The online version starts with the 1926 annual bibliography, but coverage of JSTOR titles goes back to the first issue published.  Important to remember that, until 1956, the bibliography concentrated on scholarship by those living in the U. S. Coverage expanded in 1956 with the addition of the word “international” to the title of the bibliography.  Also important to know: subject indexing expanded dramatically in 1981; entries before that time usually have only the subject author’s name, national literature and century as descriptors.  Users must consult catalogs to ensure finding monographs or collections of essays.  The MLAIB does not include book reviews unless the review itself constitutes a scholarly article.  See “Searching the MLA International Bibliography” for effective ways to search.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)  (UCB only) Published by the Modern Humanities Research Association, ABELL indexes materials about works originally written in English. Should be searched in conjunction with the MLAIB since the two indexes have only about 60-70% overlap in coverage.   ABELL began in 1921 and does include book reviews of scholarly books.   

Academic Search Complete (UCB only)   A multidisciplinary index to articles in thousands of journals with full-text for many. Good place to find recent scholarly articles and to begin research on interdisciplinary topics. 

Essay and General Literature Index and Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective (UCB only)  Indexes selected collections of essays starting in 1900.  Especially helpful since the MLAIB did not begin systematic coverage of such monographs until fairly recently.

International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) (UCB only)  Covers all aspects of the middle ages (400-1500 A.D.) in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

ITER: Gateway to the Renaissance (UCB only)  An index of articles, essays, books and reviews related to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (400-1700).  1883-   Includes Iter Bibliography, a database of over a million scholarly articles,

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (UCB only)  Indexes a variety of scholarship related to Shakespeare, his works, his times and productions of his work.

Additional Indexes


Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)   Indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American and selected European schools. Dissertations published since 1980 and master's theses since 1988 include brief abstracts written by the authors. Full text for most dissertations added since 1997.

Dissertations and Theses (University of California)   Full-text access to University of California dissertations filed since 1996 and citations for those filed prior to 1996.

Eng 200 Histories of Publishing Houses

Some places to start (the Gale volumes have bibliographies):

British literary publishing houses, 1820-1880.   Edited by Patricia Anderson and Jonathan Rose. Detroit : Gale Research, c1991. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 106   Doe Ref  PS129.D5 v.106 

British literary publishing houses, 1881-1965.  Edited by Jonathan Rose and Patricia J. Anderson.  Detroit : Gale Research, c1991. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 112.  Doe Ref  PS129.D5 v.112 

The Cambridge history of the book in Britain.  Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988- 2009. (in process)  v.1. 400-1100 / edited by Richard Gameson.  v. 2. 1100-1400 / edited by Nigel Morgan and Rodney M. Thomson -- v. 3. 1400-1557 / edited by Lotte Hellinga and J.B. Trapp -- v. 4. 1557-1695 / edited by John Barnard and D.F. McKenzie, with the assistance of Maureen Bell -- V. 5. 1695-1830 / edited by Michael F. Suarez and Michael L. Turner -- v. 6. 1830-1914 / edited by David McKitterick.  Graduate Services  has v. 1-6 at Z8.G7.C36 1998     Main Stack  has circulating copie of v.  3-4  Z8.G7.C36 1998  

Howard-Hill, T. H. (Trevor Howard). The British Book Trade, 1475-1890 : a Bibliography. London : British Library ; New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 2009. 2 vols.   Bancroft Reference Z324 .H69 2009.  Lightly annnotated bibliography of works on authorship, bibliography, book collecting, book illustration, bookselling, censorship, copyright, libraries, literacy, papermaking, printing, publishing, textual criticism, and typography in the British book trade from 1475 to 1890.

Alex Weedon's Guide to Archives of 19th Century British Publishers An updated and expanded version of this list may be found in: Weedon, Alexis. British book trade archives 1830-1939 : a location register. Bristol : Simon Eliot and Michael Turner, 1996.  Main Stack Z325.W444 1996

Brodersen, Martha et. al.  A Guide to Book Publishers' Archives.  New York: Book Industry Stufy Group, 1996.  Main Stack Z475.G86 1996

American literary publishing houses, 1638-1899.  Edited by Peter Dzwonkoski.Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1986. Dictionary of Literary biography ; v. 49    Doe Ref PS129.D5 v.49      

American literary publishing houses, 1900-1980. Trade and paperback / edited by Peter Dzwonkoski.Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1986. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 46.  Doe Ref  PS129.D5 v.46 

Tebbel, John William.  A History of Book Publishing in the United States. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1972-1981.  Main Stack   Z473.T42 

History of the Book in America.  Cambridge University Press and the University of North Carolina Press, 2000-10.   5 vols.  v. 1. The colonial book in the Atlantic world Main and NRLF Z473 .C686 2000.  v. 2.   An extensive republic : print, culture, and society in the new nation, 1790-1840.  Main  Z473 .E98 2010.  v. 3.  The industrial book, 1840-1880.   Main Z473 .I53 2007.  v. 4.  Print in motion : the expansion of publishing and reading in the United States, 1880-1940.  Main  Z473 .P75 2009.  v. 5. The enduring book : print culture in postwar America.  Main  Z473 .E53 2009

Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World, edited by Hugh Amory & David D. Hall.
Main Stack   Z473.C686 2000  and through ebrary

Volume 2: An extensive republic: print, culture, and society in the new nation, 1790-1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley.   Main Stack  Z473.E98  2010

Volume 3: The industrial book, 1840-1880, edited by Scott E. Casper et. al. Main Stack   Z473.I53 2007 and through ebrary

Volume 4: Print in motion: the expansion of publishing and reading in the United States, 1880-1940, edited by Carl F. Kaestle and Janice A. Radway.  Main Stack   Z473.P75  2009

Volume 5: The enduring book: print culture in postwar America, edited by David Paul Nord, Joan Shelley Rubin, and Michael Schudson.  Main Stack   Z473.E53  2009   

Tanselle, G. Thomas.  “The Historiography of American Literary Publishing.”  Studies in Bibliography 18 (1965): 3-39.   Main Stack   Z1008.V55

Brodersen, Martha et. al.  A Guide to Book Publishers' Archives.  New York: Book Industry Study Group, Inc., 1996.  Main Stack Z475.G86 1996

The Center for Research Libraries has the microfilm reproductions of several publishing houses; as members of CRL, we can borrow the film and guide to it.  CRL has:  

Archives of Elkin Matthews, 1811-1938.
Author: E. Matthews (Firm).
Publisher: Chadwyck-Healey
Temporal Coverage: 1811-1938
GUIDE: Contents list on film.
Catalog Record
Archives of George Allen & Co., 1893-1915.
Author: George Allen & Co.
Temporal Coverage: 1893-1915
GUIDE: Archives of George Allen & Co.; a guide. C-23369
Archives of George Routledge & Co., 1853- 1902.
Author: George Routledge & and Sons.
Publisher: Chadwyck-Healey
Temporal Coverage: 1853- 1902
Catalog Record
Archives of Grant Richards, 1897-1948.
Author: Richards, Grant, 1872-1948.
Publisher: Chadwyck-Healey; Somerset House
Temporal Coverage: 1897-1948
GUIDE: Ingram, Alison. Index to the archives of Grant Richards, 1897- 1948. D-15432
Catalog Record
Archives of Harper & Brothers, 1817-1914.
Author: Harper & Brothers
Publisher: Chadwyck-Healey; Somerset House
Temporal Coverage: 1817-1914
GUIDE: Feeney, Christopher. Index to the archives of Harper and Brothers, 1817-1914. D-15901
Catalog Record
Archives of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Henry S. King.
Author: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.
Publisher: Chadwyck-Healey; Somerset House
Temporal Coverage: 1858-1912
GUIDE: Index to the archives of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Henry S. King. C-23309
Catalog Record

Nan Bowman Albinski's Guide to Publisher's Archives in the United States

FOB (Firms out of Business)  A companion to their WATCH copyright site, FOB is a joint effort by the University of Reading Library and the Harry Ransom Center to “record information about printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies and similar organisations which are no longer in existence. Where possible the entries in FOB identify successor organisations which might own any surviving rights.”

The National Archives (Great Britain) An annual list of publisher materials acquired by British libraries between 1984 and 2006. This link is for 2006; use the drop down menu to get to previous years.

Sharp-L list of Publisher Archives and Records Publishers' Archives and Finding Lists (SHARP Web) Resources for locating publisher archives, some of which can be searched.

University of Reading Library. Archives of Publishing or Printing Firms The Library has a solid collection of materials for the study of book production and printing, including the archives of some major publishers. The scope notes for each collection include a history of each firm and other useful information.

Do a title word search in Melvyl or OskiCat using the name of the company. Also try the subject heading:

Literature publishing--Name of Country--History--19th century (or whatever century you need)


1. National Union Catalog, pre-1956 Imprints     Main Z733.U57.C22556      Titles held by many U. S. libraries, including the Library of Congress. Includes information  about which libraries own the title.

2. Library of Congress Online Catalog     Does NOT include every title in the NUC.

3a. The British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books to 1975     Main  Z921 .B8542 1975

3b. British Library Catalogues       Does NOT include every title in the General Catalogue

4. WorldCat at FirstSearch  (UCB only)      Online catalog of holdings of research and many public libraries. Does NOT include everything in the NUC or the British Library General Catalogue.

5. European Library      Portal to the catalogs of European national libraries.

6. English Catalogue of Books 1801/36-1963/65   Doe Ref  Z2001.E51      A trade list with publisher-supplied data which often gives price, edition, size and date of publication.  Covers books and pamphlets published in Great Britain (though less reliable for provincial presses).  Still the most complete record of books published in Britain during the 19th Century.   Available online in Hathi 1801-1922.

7.  Bookseller  1858-      UCB subscribed 1952-77, and our (incomplete) holdings are stored in NRLF.  Holdings at SRLF go back to 1944.  Alphabetical weekly lists of new publication and reissues.  From 1924-76, these were cumulated into Whitaker's Cumulative Book ListUCB has the annuals from 1924-38 and 1958-86 stored in NRLF.

8. British Books in Print.  1874-1987.  UCB holdings are in Main and NRLF  Z 2001.R3.  Books in print in the United Kingdom.  From 1874-1932, this publication was a collection of publisher catalogs.  Not published 1914-19 and 1941-50.  Available online from Hathi 1877-1921.

9. Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue  (NSTC) is an attempt to list all printed monographs in English and all translations from English published from 1801-1919.  Also lists many periodicals, directories and other ephemeral publications.  The first three series of the NSTC drew on the holdings of the Bodleian Library, the British Library, Harvard University Library, the Library of Congress, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, the National Library of Scotland and the University Libraries of Cambridge and Newcastle.  Series IV is adding titles acquired by British Library after 1976, when the last supplement to the British Museum General Catalogue of Printed Books was issued, and holdings from additional libraries.  Can also be searched as part of C19.

10. Early English Books Online (EEBO) (UCB only) When finished, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. In essence, reproductions of the works listed in Pollard & Redgrave, Wing, and the Thomason Tracts.

11. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (UCB only) When completed, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in Great Britain or its colonies from 1701-1800.

12. American Catalogue ...July 1, 1876-Dec. 31, 1910.  Cumulation of the Annual American Catalogue.  Standard U.S. list based on publisher information and not on the actual books.  Bancroft and NRLF         f Z1201 .A52     Some available online from Hathi.

13. Publishers' Trade List Annual   1873-2001  Collection of publisher catalogs.  UCB has scattered holdindgs from the early years and a solid run from 1915-2000, all housed in NRLF.  

14. Publisher's Weekly   1873-     See the Oski record for details about what UCB owns.   Standard U.S. book trade journal with lists of new publications and announcements of forthcoming titles. 

15. American Book Publishing Record Cumulative 1876-1949 : An American National Bibliography.  Many titles excluded (e.g. government publications, dissertations, new printings and periodicals).  15 vols.  NRLF Z1201.A523  Vol. 11 has fiction.

16. American Book Publishing Record Cumulative 1950-1977 : An American National Bibliography. NRLF Z1201.A523    Vol. 11 has fiction. 

Eng 200 Sales

Sales Information

Start with books about the publisher, author biographies, author-publisher correspondence.

Subject search in OskiCat/Melvyl using the subject headings:

Best sellers

Best sellers--Bibliography

Best sellers--Great Britain

Best sellers--Great Britain--Bibliography

Best sellers--Great Britain--History

Best sellers--United States

Best sellers--United States--Bibliography

Best sellers--United States--History

Books and reading--Name of Country--History—Century

Altick, Richard Daniel. The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1957.  Main Stack Z1003.A57

Altick, Richard D.: "Nineteenth-Century English Best-Sellers: A Further List." Studies in Bibliography: papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) , XXII, 197-206. (1969)

Altick, Richard D.: "Nineteenth-Century Best-Sellers: A Third List." Studies in Bibliography: papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) (39) 235-41. (1986)

Altick, Richard D.  “Publishing,” in Herbert F. Tucker, ed., A Companion to Victorian Literature & Culture.  Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.  Main Stack PR461.C597 1999

Bassett, Troy J. and Christina M. Walter.  “Booksellers and Bestsellers: British Book Sales as Documented by The Bookman 1891-1906.”  Book History (4) 205-36 (2001). 

Bloom, Clive. Bestsellers: Popular Fiction since 1900. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 2nd ed.  Main Stack   PR888.P68.B58 2008

The Bookman (London, not to be confused with the U.S. publication of the same name).  From its inception in 1891 until after the turn of the 20th Century, The Bookman included lists of bestsellers.  Not all these lists have figures of sales but, at the least, these lists give an idea of popularity.  Hathi Trust has online for 1891-1922.

Bowker Annual of Library and Book Trade Information.  1961-    Doe Reference, Main and NRLF Z1007.A513

Eliot, Simon.  "The Business of Victorian Publishing," in Deirdre David, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel .  Main Stack  PR871.C17 2001

Eliot, Simon.  "From Few and Expensive to Many and Cheap: The British Book Market 1800-1890," in Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose, eds., A Companion to the History of the Book.   Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.   Main Stack   Z4.C73 2007

Flower, Desmond.  A Century of Best Sellers, 1830-1930.  London: National Book Council, 1934.  Main Z2014.F4.F6

Hart, James D. The Popular Book; a History of America's Literary Taste. New York: Oxford UP, 1950. Main Stack Z1003.H33

Hinckley, Karen.  American Best Sellers: a Reader's Guide to Popular Fiction.  Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1989.  Main Stack PS374.B45.H56 1989

Justice, Keith L.  Bestseller Index: All Books, by Author, on the Lists of Publishers Weekly and the New York Times through 1990. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1998.   Main Stack   Z1033.B3.J87 1998

Keeran, Peggy and Jennifer Bowers. Literary Research and the British Romantic Era: Strategies and Sources. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2005. Useful for anyone researching the Romantic period, especially Chapter 11, which looks at the process of finding information about print runs and sales.   Main Stack PR457.K44 2005

Korda, Michael.  Making the List: a Cultural History of the American Bestseller, 1900-1999 as Seen through the Annual Bestseller Lists of Publishers Weekly. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2001.              Main and NRLF   Z1033.B3.K67 2001

McAleer, Joseph. Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain, 1914-1950. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.  Main Stack Z1003.5.G7.M39 1992

Mott, Frank Luther. Golden Multitudes; The Story of Best Sellers in the United States. New York: Macmillan, 1947.  Main and Moffitt Z1033.B3 M6

St. Clair, William.  The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. Ground breaking study reading and books.  Though the focus is on the Romantic period, St. Clair ranges across four centuries of printed books and their readers.  Of chief interest to English 200 are the appendices, 170 pages of figures on markets, book production, prices, and print runs.  Essential for works published during the Romantic period; extremely helpful for others. Appendix 12 covers Shakespeare with prices and sometimes print runs.  Main Stack Z1003.S77 2004

Sutherland, John. Reading the Decades: Fifty Years of the Nation's Bestselling Books. London : BBC, 2002.   Main Stack Z1003.5.G7.S88 2002

Wright, Lyle H. “A Statistical Survey of American Fiction, 1774-1850.” Huntington Library Quarterly (2) 309-18 (1939).  Article looks at all aspects of fiction and included a list of bestsellers based on the number of editions published.

Webb, R. K.  “The Victorian Reading Public.”  Higher Education Quarterly, 12 (1957): 24-44.

20th-Century American Bestsellers

Bestseller Lists 1990-1995 List developed and maintained by Cader Books and People Magazine; they appear to compile the list from information supplied by Publisher's Weekly.


English 200 Manuscripts

Locating Manuscripts

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography While the main thrust of the DNB is biographical information, entries about authors often include the location of manuscripts.

American National Biography Online  Like the DNB, the end of the entry includes a bibliography and an indication of important archives.

ArchiveGrid (UCB only) This resource is quite helpful in locating manuscripts because it draws together information from thousands of libraries, museums and archives. Use this one before any of the others in this section.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) The NUCMC began in 1959 as a cooperative cataloging program for manuscript repositories. To access the records for 1959-1985, you must use the printed catalogs.  Doe Reference Z106.4.U52.N24

National Register of Archives The National Archives covers England, Wales, and the United Kingdom, and was formed by bringing together the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. The National Register of Archives contains information on British manuscripts and historical records.

Location Register of Twentieth-Century English Literary Manuscripts and Letters: A Union List of Papers of Modern English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh Authors in the British Isles. 2 vols.  Boston, MA : G.K. Hall, 1988.  Doe Reference PR471.A12.L63 1988

Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, edited by David C. Sutton. London : British Library, 1995.  Doe Reference PR441.A12.L63 1995

Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room Use the catalogs and finding aids located at this site.

Archive Finder (UCB only)  Another listing of manuscripts in libraries and other repositories.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts   A work in progress from UCLA whose aim is to form a centralized listing of those medieval manuscripts that have been put online. 

Digital Scriptorium    Hosted by Columbia University Library, the Scriptorium is an image database (visual catalog) of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.

Medieval Manuscripts on the Web  Lists digitization projects as a way of finding the manuscripts.

Index of English Literary Manuscripts (work in progress).  v. 1. 1450-1625 / compiled by Peter Beal (2 v.) -- v. 2. 1625-1700. pt. 1. Behn-King / compiled by Peter Beal. pt. 2. Lee-Wycherley / compiled by Peter Beal -- v. 3. 1700-1800 / compiled by Margaret M. Smith (4 v.) pt.3 by M.M. Smith and Alexander Lindsay. pt. 4. Laurence Sterne -Edward Young, with a first-line index to parts 1-4 /A. Lindsay -- v. 4 1800-1900 / compiled by Barbara Rosenbaum and Pamela White (pt. 1). pt. 2. Hardy-Lamb / compiled by Barbara Rosenbaum. pt. 3. Landor-Patmore / editor, Barbara Rosenbaum ; assistant director, Richard Pearson.    Doe Reference PR83.A12.I5

Foster, Janet and Julia Sheppard, eds.  British Archives: A Guide to Archive Resources in the United Kingdom.  4th ed.  Houndmills; New York: Palgrave, 2002.   Doe Reference CD1040.F67 2002 

Robbins, J. Albert (John Albert).  American Literary Manuscripts: A Checklist of Holdings Academic, Historical, and Public... 2d ed. Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1977.   Doe Reference PS88.R6 1977

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts A growing database with over 100,000 manuscripts written before 1600, the database aims to become a comprehensive "resource for the study, identification, ownership, and transmission of medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts."

Dictionary of Literary Biography 
A series of volumes on many aspects of literature; entries about literary figures include a Papers section.  Volumes of DLB are located in the Reference Room under the call number PS 129.D5. Look in the index of the most recent volume to find which volumes of the DLB cover your author.  Many of the DLB articles can also be found in the Literature Resource Center. While you cannot limit your search to the DLB, you can somewhat limit the number of results by typing in the name of the author, limiting the search only to Literature Criticism, and searching the results for the word dictionary. 


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Reception History

C19: the Nineteenth Century Index (UCB only)   Includes several indexes including Poole’s, the first index to periodicals. 

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.

Readers’ Guide to Retrospective (UCB only)  Indexes over 500 US journals published between 1892-1982  

Periodicals Index Online  (UCB only)  Indexes millions of articles published 1665-1995  in over 4,700 periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. A sister database, Periodicals Archive Online, provides a full-text archive of some 475 journals published between 1802 and 1995.

Literature Criticism Online  (UCB only)  Excerpts of criticism and of book reviews from earliest responses to contemporary scholarship on the author's work.  Gale was not able to get copyright clearance to reproduce all the articles online that are contained in the printed volumes, so you may have to consult the print:  Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 Doe Ref PN86.L53; Shakespearean Criticism Doe Ref PR2965.S43; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Doe Ref PN761.N5; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Doe Ref PN2.T82; Contemporary Literary Criticism Doe Ref PN80.C6.

Literature Research Center (UCB only) and Gale sets, including: Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 Doe Ref PN86.L53; Shakespearean Criticism Doe Ref PR2965.S43; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Doe Ref PN761.N5; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Doe Ref PN2.T82; Contemporary Literary Criticism Doe Ref PN80.C6

Book Review Digest Plus (UCB only) 1983-

Book Review Digest Retrospective (UCB only) 1905-1982

Book Review Index (UCB only) 1965-present

New York Review of Books1963-

New York Times Book Review 1997-     20 free views of articles each month to registered users

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals, 1802-1974.  Doe Reference Z1035.Al.C62 1982  Periodical Indexes

Consider searching such resources as newspapers and collections of periodicals as:

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (1600-1800)

19th Century British Newspapers

19th Century U. S. Newspapers

Archive of Americana  1639-1899

Access World News  Dates of coverage vary by newspaper but usually does not begin until the mid-1980s or later.  Notable for inclusion of many California papers.

Factiva  News coverage from over 9000 sources in 22 languages.

LexisNexis Academic  Large database of newspapers.

American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900

Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870. 

English 200 Full Text

Full Text of Literary Works and Digitized Collections

Literature Online (UCB only) Good source for English and American poetry, novels and drama. Can be searched in a variety of ways, including for single words or phrases.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (UCB only) When finished, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. In essence, reproductions of the works listed in Pollard & Redgrave, Wing, and the Thomason Tracts.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (UCB only) When completed, this collection will contain images of almost every work printed in Great Britain or its colonies from 1701-1800.

Archive of Americana (UCB only) A grouping of full-text books, pamphlets, newspapers and government publications. Titles include those listed in Early American Imprints, Series 1 (1639-1800), which is based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and covers every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America. It also includes Early American Imprints, Series II (1801-1819), which is based on the Shaw/Shoemaker extension of Evans. The Archive also consists of Early American Newspapers, Series I (1690-1876), American State Papers, 1789-1838, and the U. S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1970.

Making of America (Cornell) and Making of America (Michigan) together contain over 10,000 monographs and thousands of journal articles published in the U.S. in the 19th century.

Empire Online (UCB only) Primary texts relating to Empire Studies.

Google Book Search UC has now become part of what may be the largest scan in history. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to read the entire UC collection online before you graduate.

Hathi Trust   Digital archive formed by contributions from member institutions.  Can search in copyright works and read/download those in the public domain.

Internet Archive: Text Archive Working with an impressive list of participants, including the University of California, Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive are scanning public domain texts and making them freely available.

Open Library is an offshoot of Kahle and the Internet Archive.   What's particularly helpful is that each title has its own page with links to online printings/editions, which somewhat eases the pain of comparing them.

Universal Library The Million Books Project is the first part of establishing the Universal Library, which aims to provide free access to all human knowledge. The MBP adheres to current U.S. copyright law so is concentrating on books in the public domain.

Books Online Good database with links to over 25,000 electronic texts. Can search by author, title, subject.

Bartleby Library A "national digital library" of various texts and reference works ranging from Leaves of Grass to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

Oxford Text Archive Simple and advanced search options. Be aware that some texts have access restrictions.

Middle English Compendium (UCB only) The Middle English Compendium offers easy access to and interconnectivity with three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and an associated network of electronic resources, including a large collection of Middle English texts.

Dictionary of Old English/Old English Corpus (UCB only) A complete record of most surviving Old English (over 3000 texts).

Project Gutenberg This pioneer in making texts freely available now has over 33,000 texts. 

Electronic Journals

Project Muse  (UCB only) Contains full-text of an ever-expanding list of scholarly journals. Includes such standards as ELH, Postmodern Culture, and New Literary History.  Can search the text.

JSTOR (UCB only) Archive of back issues of scholarly journals in various disciplines. Including Representations.

American Periodicals Series Online, 1749-1900 (UCB only) Can also be searched through C19. Contains digitized images of 1,100 journals and magazines.

Modernist Journals Project  Primary sources published 1890-1922, mostly journals.  Also has biographical information, some monographs, a periodical directory, essays from and about the period and suggestions for teaching.  See also the Modernist Magazines Project website.


Biographical Information

American National Biography (UCB only)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (UCB only)

Who's Who (UCB only)

Biography Reference Bank (UCB only)

Literature Resource Center (UCB only)

In addition, do a subject begins with browse in OskiCat under the author's name




WATCH The largest database of copyright holders in the world is run by the University of Reading and the Harry Ransom Center.  Also includes links to U.S. and U.K. copyright laws and to finding copyright holders. 

U.S. Copyright Office  Includes basics of copyright law and other information including the Copyright Catalog, which contains copyright registrations and renewals back to 1978.

FOB: Firms out of Business    Like WATCH, FOB is run jointly by the Harry Ransom Center and University of Reading Library.  FOB records information about printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies and similar organisations which are no longer in existence. Where possible the entries in FOB identify successor organisations which might own any surviving rights.

English 200 Gateways

Subject Directories and Gateway Pages: Places to Start

Web pages with lots of links organized around a topic. They allow you to benefit from the experience, expertise, and search achievements of others.  Please let me know of others that should be on this list.

Intute: Arts & Humanities Useful links to other web resources.  Getting better all the time.

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies The best web resources for medievalists; it's the product of an international collaborative project.

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.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust Internet sites selected for the quality of their content by students, librarians and library science faculty.

Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections Thousands of web sites for academic research.


Citation managers

Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) offer a way to save, organize and manage references. Many work with word processing software to format in-text citations and bibliographies for papers and theses, allow you to share references, and enable you to attach or link PDFs to a citation record.

Wikipedia comparison of reference management software



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