The following databases and websites are good starting points for English research
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary covering all the ways in which a particular word has been commonly used. It is the longtime standard reference on the English language.
Films on Demand
Films on Demand is a well organized collection of several thousand educational films on history, business, the humanities, psychology, science, and careers.
Academic OneFilehas the full-text of a few million of articles from all domains of knowledge.
OmniFile Full-Text Select
OmniFile is a social sciences and humanities database that only contains full-text articles.
ArticleFirst is a search interface that can link you to the articles you need. It searches descriptions of 23 million articles from all domains of learning.
This search engine exclusively searches our collection of 70,000 eBooks. A large portion of our literature criticism collection is eBooks.
Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Online
This general purpose encyclopedia is a great place to begin your research and obtain the background knowledge on authors, countries, or styles that will make your research process go quicker.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Nearly 400 specialized reference eBooks on all academic subjects to dig deeper into the background information.
History Resource Center -- World
This is a heavily-hyperlinked set of primary and secondary world history documents.
Clase and Periódica
Helps you find Latin American journals in the sciences (Periódica) and humanities (Clase).
Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts
"a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person's liberal arts education."
Primary source texts by American authors online, plus biographies and bibliographies; hosted by Washington State University
Anthology of Middle English Literature (1350 - 1485)
Secondary sources as study guides for nine Middle English authors
"The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge."
Black Renaissance in Washington D.C.
Covering a period during the 1920s and 1930s "characterized by an outpouring of literature by African Americans."
Texas A & M University's comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources on Cervantes
Chaucer Bibliography Online
"The [searchable] Chaucer Bibliography Online is supported by The University of Texas at San Antonio Library and The New Chaucer Society. This bibliography includes Chaucer studies from 1975 until the present."
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
"making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use"
A collection of online mythology resources compiled by Dr. Robin Mitchell-Boyask of Temple University
University of Florida's library guide to classics online
Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse
"This collection of Middle English texts was assembled from works contributed by University of Michigan faculty and from texts provided by the Oxford Text Archive, as well as works created specifically for the Corpus by the HTI."
"The Dickens Project of the University of California is a Scholarly Consortium devoted to promoting the study and enjoyment of the life, times, and work of Charles Dickens."
"...award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gskw to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between."
Over 5,000,000 articles and books
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page
University of South Carolina's repository of primary and secondary Fitzgerald sources
Greek Mythology Link
"The Greek Mythology Link is a collection of myths retold by Carlos Parada, author of Geneaological Guide to Greek Mythology, published in 1993 (available at Amazon). The mythical accounts are based exclusively on ancient sources."
Humanities Text Initiative List of Unrestricted Resources
University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service
"offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format"
Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection
"The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period. The collection is not inclusive of all the work ont he web, nor does it plan to be. The sites are selected with some thought to their overall usefulness."
"...organization that studies, documents, and assists in developing the world's lesser-known languages."
Literary Resources on the Net
"A collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature, excluding most single electronic texts, and is limited to collections of information useful to academics..."
Making of America
"a major collaborative endeavor to preserve and make accessible through digital technology a significant body of primary sources related to development of the U.S. infrastructure." Hosted by Cornell University Library.
Milton Reading Room
A virtual library of some of John Milton's works hosted by Dartmouth College
"The Modern World is a large network of literary sites dedicated to exploring twentieth century writers who have pushed the envelope of traditional narrative and structure."
New Chaucer Society
Site devoted to Chaucer studies
Omniglot: Writing Systems & Languages of the World
"a guide to the writing systems and languages of the world. It also contains tips on learning languages, language-related articles, quite a large collection of useful phrases in many languages, multilingual texts, a multilingual book store and an ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources."
Online Books Page
E-texts hosted by the University of Pennsylvania
Oxford Text Archive
"develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources"
"a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry"
Project Gutenberg Index
"the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books"
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
"writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects."
Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image
"Over 12,000 images from various collections of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music are available for your viewing." Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania
Scholar's Lab at the University of Virginia Library
"The Scholar's Lab is a place where faculty and advanced students in the humanities and social sciences can explore digital resources, find expert help, and collaborate on innovative research projects. We also host exciting events, such as workshops, talks, and roundtables, and we sponsor a graduate student fellowship in the digital humanities."
UMDL Text Collections
University of Michigan Digitial Library
Concordances of certain works of P.B. Shelley, S.T. Coleridge, John Keats, William Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins
Willa Cather Archive
"rich, useful, and widely-accessible site for the study of Willa Cather's life and writings"