English Websites

Scholarly and interesting information of European and English folklore and selected mythology.  Billed as "guided access to primary source."

Literary History.com
Academic, scholarly, and critical articles on British and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

MIT Literature Guide
Collection of scholarly literary Web sites.

A website that provides study materials in literature and history.  The content and added web 2.0 features invite learning.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
The classic reference source found on the Bartleby.com site.  "A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in Ancient and Modern Literature."

Cambridge History of English and American Literature
The classic literature encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia Mythica 
An online encyclopedia dedicated to mythology, folklore, and religion in six major geographical regions.

Gale's Literary Index
Index only to Gale Literature Series.  Check with library for full-text information.

Glossary of Literary Terms
These two sources allows searchers to find definitions of literary and rhetorical terms.

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Billed as 'a unique guide for the study of poetry'. 

Representative Poetry Online
Search for definitions, examples, and quotations of poems.

American Verse Project
Electronic archive of American poetry prior to 1920.

Literary Kicks
Page dedicated to writers of the Beat Generation, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Literature and the Culture of the American 1950's
Menu collection of sites reflecting the literature and culture of the times.

Mark Twain and His Times
Information rich resource about the American writer Mark Twain. Includes full-text , primary source material, images, and interactive exhibits.  Created by an English professor at the University of Virginia.

William Faulkner on the Web
Wonderful site about William Faulkner and his works.  Gives links to commentaries, plot synopses to novels, and short stories, biographies on William Faulkner, trivia, quotes, and other sites.

Spark Notes
Free study guides.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare
As the title suggests, this site has the complete titles of William Shakespeare, organized by tragedies, histories, comedies, and poetry.  *Note:  the poetry is not full text.

Electronic Beowulf (full-text)
Digital image of original manuscript and links.

Eighteenth-Century Resources/Literature
Huge site with links to sources in the following areas:  general literature, theatre and design, the gothic, romanticism, women writers, French literature, German literature, research, and miscellaneous.

John Donne
Website created by the Luminarian Society that features information about one of the most studied of the Metaphysical poets.  Includes biographies, critical essays, works, and more which combines to give easy access to a lot of scholarly material.

The Labyrinth
Resources for medieval literature studies.

Medieval, renaissance, and seventeenth-century English literature.

The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL)
Collection of important literary works of the Medieval Period, plus related lines.

Shakespeare's Resource Center
Dedicated to providing information on William Shakespeare and his writing.

Nineteenth Century Literature
Academic, scholarly, and critical articles on British poets, novelists, and essayists of the nineteenth century, including the Victorian novel and Romantic poetry; and on American poets, novelists, and essayists of the nineteenth century. All articles are open access and free.

The Victorian Web
Outstanding site that covers every significant aspect of Victorian life.

American Verse Project
Full text access to American poetry prior to 1920.

The Camelot Project
University of Rochester project designed to present in electronic format Arthurian texts, images, and general information.

Google Book Search
Full text books scanned from archives and libraries.  Complete text available only to those publications not under copyright protection.  Explanation given on website.

Online Books Page
Listing over 30,000 free books on the Web.

Short Stories
Includes full text of stories in the areas of fiction, science fiction and fantasy, horror, romance, humor, non-fiction, crime, and children's stories.

Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Gives the meaning and origin of phrases and fables.

Encyclopedia Mythica
Internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion.

Encyclopedia of ARDA
Includes description and explanation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Folklore and Mythology:  Electronic Texts
Edited and translated by a professor with the University of Pittsburg.

In Search of Myths and Heroes
PBS website.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Breaks down grammar and writing into three areas:  sentence level, including parts of speech; paragraph level, including sentence variety; and essay level, including principles of composition.

The Writing Center
University of North Carolina's online writing lab page.

The Writing Studio/Writing Resources
Colorado State University writing center site.

Purdue OWL
Writing site from Purdue University.