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Colonial and Early American Literature

Essential Resources


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  • Early Americas Digital Archive
         Collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820

  • Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800)
         Definitive resource for information about every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, including literature, music, religion, and much more.

  • Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
         Primary source collection with full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early years of the 19th century

  • Early English Books Online
         Facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700

  • English Poetry, 600-1900
         Full text of over 160,000 poems written in English 600-1900

  • Library of Congress: American Memory Project
         Full-text from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicling historical events, people, places, and ideas that have shaped America.


  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
         Index to books, articles, reviews, collections, and dissertations in English studies

  • Dissertation Abstracts
         Index to doctoral dissertations and master's theses from North American and European universities.

  • Google
          Very comprehensive index to the web, but use results with caution

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  • MLA International Bibliography
         Index to books and articles on language, literature, folklore, and linguistics. Includes literary criticism of short stories, plays, poems, poetry, novels

  • WorldCat
         Catalog of books, serials, videos, music, etc. held by libraries worldwide; if it's ever been published, it's probably in here.

    Additional Resources

  • African-American Poetry: 1760-1900
         3000 poems by African-American poets in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

  • America: History & Life
         Index to articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada

  • American Periodical Series (APS) Online
         Full-text of 1,100+ periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900

  • American Poetry 1: 1600-1900
         40,000 poems of American writers from the 17th to the early 20th century

  • American writers before 1800 : a biographical and critical reference guide / Levernier and Wilmes / 3 volumes / INGRAM LIBRARY REFERENCE COLLECTION: PS185 .A4

  • Cambridge History of English & American Literature
         Comprehensive narrative and analysis of writing of various periods

  • Dictionary of British and American women writers, 1660-1800 / Todd / INGRAM LIBRARY REFERENCE COLLECTION: PR113 .D5 1985

  • GALE Literary Databases
         Dictionary of Literary Biography + literature reference database with biographical, bibliographical, and critical content.

         Full-text scholarly journals covering Language, Literature, and many other subjects. Includes literary criticism of short stories, plays, poems, poetry, and novels

  • Library of Southern Literature (Univ.of NC)
         Full-text for a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924

  • Literature Online Reference Edition
         Criticism and reference works for British and American poetry, drama and prose.

  • Oxford African-American Studies Center
         Comprehensive collection of scholarship available online regarding African American and African history and culture

  • Project MUSE
         Full text of over 220 scholarly journals; covers literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, gender studies, and more

  • Voice of the Shuttle: American Literature / Colonial to 1800
         Links to a variety of web resources for literature of the period.

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