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Electronic Resources

Reference Sources

Online Collections of Texts

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:

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:

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