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 English Literature

Finding Print and Online Editions of Primary Texts

Search Tripod or WorldCat to find print editions of primary texts.  For online editions, search Tripod and limit your search to "E-books," or explore the following sources (arranged by period). 

(N.B.: In the United States, usually only books published before 1923 are in the public domain; therefore, you'll need to use the following sources to find full-texts versions of works published after that date.)

Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Eighteenth-Century Literature

For additional primary and secondary eighteenth-century sources, please see the 18th-Century Sources Guide.

Nineteenth-Century Literature

Twentieth-Century Literature

N.B.: In the United States, most works published before 1923 are in the public domain, but finding full-text material after that date often requires looking for it in libraries, archives, or in subscription databases.  To find full-length books published after 1923, search Tripod (for items in the Tri-College libraries) or WorldCat (for items in libraries around the United States and the world).

Below is a sample of the kinds of projects and sources for early-20th-century literature for which you might search:

Multi-Period Collections