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English Online Resources

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The Modern English Collection (AD 1500-present)

Browse by subject: African American, including Letters from Liberia; Native American; American Civil War; Salem Witch Trials; Thomas Jefferson; Edgar Allan Poe; Mark Twain; William Shakespeare; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Women Writers; Young Readers; Literature in Translation; Best Sellers, 1900-1930; UVa Special Collections.

2,722 titles including 17,518 manuscript and book illustrations (including covers, spines, page images), many of which are publicly accessible.

The Middle English Collection

40 titles, most of which are publicly-accessible

The Old English Corpus

Approximately 3,000 titles (UVA only)


The English Poetry Database (AD 600-1900) (VIVA only)

The English Verse Drama Database (AD 1300-1900) (VIVA only)

English Prose Drama (UVA only)

Early English Prose Fiction (AD 1500-1700) (UVA only)

Eighteenth-Century Fiction (UVA only)

The American Poetry Database (VIVA only)

The African American Poetry Database (VIVA only)


The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d edition
Access for VIVA users only

Access for UVA users only


Shakespeare Resources
Including The Shakespeare First Folio and various other editions and adaptions of Shakespeare (many publicly-accessible works)


Religious Resources
Several Bibles, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran (publicly-accessible)

The Bible in English
21 versions of the English Bible (UVA only)


Past Masters® Philosophy Databases
from InteLex, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Dewey, Pierce, and others (UVA only)
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
from Routledge [including links from the Encyclopedia to our full-text philosophy holdings] (UVA only)


Harper's Weekly: The Civil War Era (1857-1865)
(UVA only)

Accessible Archives Newspapers:


Special Collections electronic texts
From the University of Virginia collections (all users)
British Poetry 1780-1910: a Hypertext Archive (all users). Includes: Documenting the African American Experience.
(Readex, 1995). Sample titles, two with digital images, from the Documentary Sources Database. American Multiculturalism Series, Unit One. (all users)
Michael Plunkett, Afro-American Sources in Virginia. A Guide to Manuscripts.
Revised edition, with illustrations. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1995. (all users)
Rita Dove, "Lady Freedom Among Us."
The University of Virginia Four-Millionth Volume. [Includes text, images, audio, and video.] (all users)
Michigan Early Modern English Materials (all users)

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