English and History

These links are divided into two sections-primary and secondary sources. From the primary source links you will be able to find documents from various historical eras as well as digital versions of many literary classics. In the secondary sources section, you will find links to databases of journal articles that analyze literature and humanity.

Primary Sources

American Memory: Put together by the Library of Congress, this collection of primary materials includes photos, newspapers, pamphlets and manuscripts and is a place to start when looking for primary sources.

American Women's History Online: Primary documents of American women that's maintained by Middle Tennessee State University's Walker Library.

Avalon Project: Collection of historical documents that have been put together by Yale University and is divided into separate eras for ease of use.

Civil Rights Digital Library: Put together by a number of institutions, this database contains a variety of media and resources concerning the Civil Right's Era.

Eyewitness to History: Primary sources with explanatory text, useful for Middle School.

MeL Michigania: Links to various primary sources about Michigan history.

North American Slave Narratives: Collects all the slave narratives published before 1920, run by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Perseus Digital Library:  Collections of literature and other documents in original languages and translations in the categories of: Greek and Roman, Arabic, Germanic, 19th Century American, Renaissance and Humanist and Renaissance poetry.

Poets.org: Poetry and information about poets as put together by the Academy of American Poets, a good resource for getting familiar with a new poet.

Project Gutenberg: 42,000 free ebooks that have been digitized and made available to the public. If you're in search of a copy of an older work for class, then this is a good place to start no matter the device you use.

Walt Whitman Archive: Digital versions of all of Whitman's works, scans of his manuscripts in progress as well as secondary material, the place to start if you need to read a poem or are curious to learn more about Whitman.

Secondary Sources

Academic OneFile:  Database of journals in numerous subjects and topics.

eBooks: Searchable collection of about 20,000 ebooks covering a range of topics.

Expanded Academic ASAP: A database with articles from journals and magazines covering all subjects.

Google Scholar: Largest searchable collection of articles but there's always a danger that you will find an article but not have access to it. Use this search engine to get a sense of the language used about your topic and what are major issues.

Jstor: Comprehensive database that covers most of the humanities, requires the creation of an account, which will allow you to save citations.

Mel.org Databases: Some of the databases above are from MeL, but its worthwhile to look through the list to see if another place to search might work better.

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