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Reference Resources: Electronic Book Collections

ACLS Humanities E-Book Project

This database (formerly called the History E-book Project) includes the complete contents of 2,800 high-quality humanities books from nearly 100 publishers and a working group of learned societies. About 500 works are to be added each year.
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Eclectic collection of over one hundred texts in reference, classic literature, and verse. Includes the entire 50-volume Harvard classics set.
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Directory Of Open Access Books

Searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an open-access business model. Currently in beta (August 2012), the site offers titles in a variety of subjects from academic publishers including Brill, Open Book Publishers, Palgrave Macmillan, and the University of Michigan Press.
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Early English Books Online (EEBO)

EEBO provides digital access to over 125,000+ literary and historical classics. All works are in full image format, meaning that images accurately reflect the way the works appeared in their original printed editions. Besides literary and historical works, the database also includes musical exercises, prayer books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, calendars, and many other primary resources.
Funding was made possible by a gift from William Buice, Class of 1961.
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Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) provides access to the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, ECCO allows researchers new methods of access to publications in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.
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Google Books

Access to thousands of online books -- some available in full, some only display selected pages or only citations and snippets of text, depending on copyright status. Book content is provided by publishers or scanned from large library collections.
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A project intended to support and enhance scholarly writing by publishing a small handful (5 or 6 each year) of prize-winning dissertations as state-of-the-art electronic books. "While these digital monographs can be printed out and read in the traditional way, the electronic versions offer elements that cannot be conveyed in print: extensive documentation, hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and links..."
You can see the titles in W&L's collection by viewing the list in Annie.
Please note that this is not the same resource as Project Gutenberg.
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HathiTrust Digital Library

Repository provide "long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives." As of November 2010, the database contains over 7 million volumes, nearly 2 million of which are in the public domain.
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Internet Archive -- Text Archive

Contains nearly 1.5 million texts (books, etc.), many freely-available for sharing on the Web.
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Literature Online (LION)

Literature Online is the leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the full text of over 357,250 works of literature with huge resources of criticism and reference.
Contemporary criticism is available through the full text of over 320 current literature journals that can be accessed through the renowned literary index, Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), which contains literary criticism from 1920 to current.
You can also search the author information to find answers to questions such as: Who wrote The Lord of the Rings? Which authors were in Virginia Woolf's literary circle, The Bloomsbury Group? What African writers were influential in the 20th century? Which women authors were part of the Harlem Renaissance? What is the latest literary criticism on Hispanic American writers?
Literature Online brings together the contents of the following individual databases: Poetry Collections: American Poetry – Over 40,000 poems from more than 200 American poets English Poetry, Second Edition – Essentially the complete English poetic canon from the 8th century to the early 20th. Over 160,000 poems by more than 1,250 poets drawn from nearly 4,500 printed sources African-American Poetry – Nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late 18th and 19th centuries Canadian Poetry – Created in partnership with the University of New Brunswick, it includes nearly 20,000 poems from the 17th century through the early 20th century Twentieth-Century American Poetry – More than 52,000 poems from over 750 20th-century American poets Twentieth Century African-American Poetry – 10,000 poems by more than 75 critically acclaimed African-American poets Prose Collections: Early American Fiction, 1789-1875 – More than 750 complete works of fiction by more than 130 authors, the canon of early American literature Early English Prose Fiction – Over 200 complete works of fiction from 1500-1700 Eighteenth-Century Fiction – 96 complete works of fiction by writers from the British Isles from 1700-1780 Nineteenth-Century Fiction – 250 complete novels from 1781 to 1903, including Dickens, Eliot and Hardy, as well as landmarks of Gothic and other Romantic period fiction Drama Collections: American Drama, 1714-1915 – Over 1,500 plays from the beginning of American theater to the early twentieth century English Drama, 1280-1915 – Combination of English Prose Drama and English Verse Drama, which offers 4,000 plays by 1,200 authors from the late 13th century to the early 20th century Premium Collections: MLA International Bibliography Twentieth- Century Drama – A substantial collection of plays written in English from the most significant dramatists of the 20th century. Fully inclusive, it offers a comprehensive collection of women and men writers, all ethnicities and many nationalities Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Second Edition – Combining two existing Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections with over 500 volumes of newly licensed material, this essential collection brings together the most important and influential poems representing the full range of movements and traditions in American poetry from 1900 to the present day Other Collections: Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) – Includes over 950,000 bibliographic records from 1920 to current King James Bible – This version of the Bible was the standard edition of the Bible for nearly three centuries and offers a Bible for reference Bible In English – 20 different versions of the English Bible from the 10th to the 20th centuries Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare – The complete text of 11 major editions, 24 separate contemporary printings of individual plays, more than 100 adaptations from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries W.B. Yeats Collection – Yeats's complete works in electronic form Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged – This 1993 edition offers 450,000 vocabulary entries Bibliography of American Literature (BAL) – Bibliographic information on almost 40,000 American literary works by 300 American writers from the period of the Revolution to 1930, recorded in the BAL's nine volumes.
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OAIster (Open Archives Initiative) "harvests" collections of digital resources from nearly 300 academic and research-related institutions, now totaling over 23 million items.
It focuses on materials (reports, studies, other documents) created at respected academic and research institutions.
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Online Books Page

Texts of over 20,000 books.
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Oxford Reference Online

Compilation of over 200 reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, more),containing millions of entries, published by Oxford University Press. You can search an entire category ("History") or one book at a time.
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Project Gutenberg

Texts of over 10,000 books, mostly older literary works in the public domain in the U.S.
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Safari Books Online

Safariฎ Tech Books Online provides reference sources from many of the leading technology publishers, including: Adobe, Microsoft, O'Reilly, QUE, Sams, and more. Featuring over 9,800 titles, it covers the technologies most essential to users including certification, enterprise computing, graphics, Java, Web development, Windows, XML, Linus/Unix, and more.
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Ultimate Accountants' Reference Including GAAP, IRS & SEC Regulations, Leases, And More

The Ultimate Accountants' Reference Including GAAP, IRS & SEC Regulations, Leases, and More, Second Edition covers accounting regulations for all aspects of the financial statements, accounting management reports, and management of the accounting department including best practices, control systems, and the fast close. It also addresses financing options, pension plans, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, options, and taxation topics.
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