University of West Georgia Library
UWG Home Library Home
UWG Home  | BanWeb
myUWG  | MyWebCT
Try our NEW Library Website! | Library Home for this Version
Catalog | Databases | GALILEO | Journal Locator | Requests

Research Guide for: English

Indexes | Sources | Guides | Tools | Services | For Faculty | Collection

Colonial and Early American Literature

Essential Resources

GET CURRENT LIBRARY/GALILEO PASSWORD

GET HELP USING DATABASES:
     Carol Goodson, Liaison to English | 678-839-6507 | cgoodson@westga.edu
     Reference Desk, 678-839-6495
     Email a question to us: Ask-a-Librarian

SUGGESTION: organize your research resources, including citations and copies of documents you've found, using Zotero, a free plug-in for the FireFox browser (also free). Once you've collected your materials, Zotero can generate a perfectly formatted bibliography according to a variety of citation styles. For information about Zotero, including free download and tutorials, go to the Zotero website. Short classes on using Zotero are also available at the Ingram Library; go to the Library Homepage and click on Library Skills Classes to sign up.

FIND ORIGINAL SOURCE DOCUMENTS

  • 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.

    GET BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON AUTHORS, LITERARY PERIODS, ETC.

  • 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

         How to Evaluate Websites From Cornell University

  • 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.

  • JSTOR
         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.


Return to Top Return to: English Research Guide | All Library Research Guides

Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, UWG
1601 Maple St - Carrollton, GA 30118-2000
Library Information - (678) 839-6350
Reference Desk - (678) 839-6495
Send Comments to the Library
Ask-a-Librarian
http://oldlibrary.westga.edu/~library/depts/liaison/english/4125.shtml
Last Modified: 07 February 2008