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ARTFL Project (University of Chicago and CNRS) - American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language. Textual Database of 2000 texts from 13th to 20th Centuries. Link to the ARTLF Enciclopédie Project.

The British National Corpus - The BNC it's a one hundred million corpus of British English. The BNC online service allows to search this corpus in a variety  of ways and download citations. Users need subscription. 

Britannica Online - A well organized database of texts, articles and images. Users need subscription to search the catalogue. 

CNRS-INaLF- Project of digitization the Trésor de la langue Française . The site is provided by a powerful searcher. At present it offers only the prototype of the tome XIV of the dictionary. French text.See also Frantext- Databases of French interdisciplinary texts by the INaLF-CNRS.French text. 

Gallica (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) -  Digitization project relative to French-language XIXth century works of literary, historical, philosophical, juridical, economical and political subject. Text images and excerpts readable by ACROBAT. 

Library of Congress Directory to Electronic Texts and Publishing - Database of electronic  multidisciplinary texts from international universities libraries. Guide on line for encoding texts and  making virtual libraries. 

LION, Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey) - This site provides a fully searchable library of over 250000 works of English and American literature. Useful index of authors and works available in electronic form and on the Internet as a whole. Users need annual subscription. 

OneLook- Dictionary on the net. This site offers a wide list of searchable dictionaries included in the database and divided by special subjects. 

Digital Libraries and Projects

ABU - Association des Bibliophiles Universels - Multidisciplinary  French  database  of e-texts and dictionaries  with a  powerfull searcher. 

Alex: A Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet - Thi site contains roughly 2000 entries mostly on gopher service such as ALEX, mirror site at Oxford gopher menu, faster than the other. 

The Arts and Humanities Data Service (King's College, London) - The site collects, catalogues, manages, preserves and promotes the resources which result from research and teaching in the humanities. History Data Service: project of establishing a collection of  list data from a wide range of sources provided by information about access to  collections. 

Athena -Several lists of multidisciplinary and multilingual texts and documents listed by authors (philosophy, science, classics, literature, history, economics, etc.). Two rich collections of French and Swiss texts. Links to other literature sites. 

Avalon Project - Project of the Yale University aiming to mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics. Great database of 18th, 19th and 20th documents related to American history. 

Banned Books On-line (Carnegie Mellon University) - Special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured in this site have been selected from the indexes of the On-line Books Page. Local link to Banned Books and Censorship

Biblioteca telematica italiana - Project of realizing a common wide database between  the departments of eleven Universities in Italy. For more information see CIBIT (italian text). 

Bibliotheca universalis -Project of the G7 (United States, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japon and Italy) cohordinates by France. It aims to make available  the masterpieces  of the cultural and scientific heritage in the world by the multimedia technologies. The purpose of the project is to establish an universal collection reachable by the largest range of users. 

Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project  - Informedia is building a multimedia library that will consist of over one thousand hours of digital video, audio, images, texts and other related materials sources. Informedia is one of six Digital Libraries Initiative projects. 

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies -  The CRRS - at the University of Toronto- is a library and research centre devoted to the study of the period from 1350 to 1700, particularly strong in fifteenth and sixteenth-century bibliography, northern humanism (especially studies on Erasmus), Reformation history, French and English literature especially English drama) and confraternity studies.The CRRS website offers general information about programme of lectures and seminars,  publications, bibliography, related webresources.

CETE(Centre d'édition de textes électroniques de l'Université de Nantes) - The CETE publishes French rare texts, inedits or disappeared, readable by JAVA. See, in particular, the Middle-Ages, the 16th century (text de l'Edit de Nantes) and the Africa of 19th century sections. 

ClicNet - Cultural and literary french speaking website providing a wide range of e-texts: biographies and autobiographies, bibliography, correspondences, political papers, philosophical essays, contemporary poetry, romances and theather. 

Datenbank Gewissensfreiheit - Excellent site (german text) providing a  virtual library of mainly German contemporary essays and studies on liberty of conscience  related to juridical literature. Maintaned by Dr. Paul Tiedemann

The English Server, Carnegie Mellon University - Online guide for beginners who want to search the collection of articles on different aspects of history. Directory to several history related essays. 

Hanover Historical Texts Project - A directory of directories to primary and secondary historical sources  listed by topics realized by Frank Luttmer

The History Net - A divulgative site about world and American history in particular, comparable to historical magazines like History Today, L'Histoire, e Storia illustrata. Short essays on selected subjects. 

The Internet Classics Archive  - Archives of classical Greek and Roman texts in English translation with user-provided commentary. Maintened by Daniel C. Stevenson.

Internet Library of Early Journals - A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals. An eLib (Electronic Libraries Programme) Project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford.

Istituto Luce - An alternative source for contemporary Italy historians. Excellent website with free access -by personal password- to  searchable archives of cinematographic, television and radio material produced or collected by the Istituto Luce ( about 30000 titles). 

Italian literature in HTML - An interesting anthology of italian literature: classics of the poetry (Dante, Ariosto, Aretino etc.) religious texts, essays, miscellaneous, theather. Italian text. 

Iter- (Bibliography of Renaissance Europe 1300-1700)  The goal of Iter is to increase access to all published materials  pertaining to the Renaissance (1300-1700) and the Middle Ages (400-1299),through the creation of online bibliographic databases. The Iter databases, by now, is divided in two sections:Journals: a bibliographic database of interdisciplinary journal literature pertaining to the Renaissance (1300-1700) and the Middle Ages (400-1299):articles; reviews; bibliographies; catalogues; editions;abstracts; discographies; and notes. Books: -under construction a bibliography of monographs, material published in monographs, and collected essays pertaining to the Renaissance (1300-1700) and, eventually, the Middle Ages (400-1299).

Lisieux, Bibliothèque Municipale de - The site offers a monthly updated bibliography of classics of French literature. 

The On-line Books Page - Multidisciplinary archives listed by authors, titles and subjects. Useful links to other virtual libraries with a comprehensive listing of foreign language and literature resources. 

Perseus  - A database designed to aid the study of archaic and classical Greek art; provides ancient texts, philological tools, maps catalogs. Mainted by Gregory Crane, Tufts University, Dept. of Classics. 

Project Gutenberg Home Page - Database of texts and documents listed by authors covering Philosophy, Literature, History, Science, Arts. Links to other books and literature related sites. 

Progetto Manuzio - An excellent multidisciplinary  searchable collection of mainly  Italian, but also foreign texts, books, articles, documents, thesis and reviews available all over the world. Every text is supported by information about the author and his production and a small introduction. 

The Secular Web - Searchable database of texts and documents on the Secular Web. Local link to the Historical Document Library: section provided for research into the history of nontheism. 

Stanford Digital Library (Stanford University) - A new project of digital library with a variety of user level applications; provides powerful ways to find information, using cutting-edge user interfaces  for direct manipulation or through agent technology and a collection of pointers to digital library-related resources. 

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Project - By the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, to be published on CD-ROM by Cambridge University Press. The site provides a calendar of events, information about courses, research projects and publications such as Transition, founded in 1961 by Rajat Neogy in Kampala, Uganda, the leading magazine of African intellectual life; Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950, Oxford University Press Series . 

UVA-The University of Virginia Electronic Text Library -Virtual library of the University of Virginia with texts in English (see The Modern English Collection at UVA, AD 1500-present), French, German, Latin, Japanese, Chinese, Cyrillic. Browser and search for guidelines of text-encoding. 

The Victorian Web - Interdisciplinary sources for victorian age historians. Archives of essays covering philosophy, religion, economy, literature, visual art, science and politic . Site maintaned by George Landow.

Victorian Women Writers Project - (Indiana University, Bloomington) A wide collection of victorian women writers and information about the forthcoming e-texts. 

Wesleian Confucian Project - By the Wesleian University, the chinese philosophical e-text archives. Electronic versions of Chinese philosophical texts created by the Confucian Etext Project; electronic versions of Chinese philosophical texts from other sources, and information on and links to more information on the preparation and use of these texts. 

Women Writers Project - (Brown University) The WWP provides access to texts that would not ordinarily be available for study ( 17th, 18th, 19th century  mainly english texts). Anyone may order drafts-in-process of almost 200 texts which are printed directly from the textbase. In addition, the WWP has collaborated with Oxford University Press on the publication of a series of printed editions of some of the material contained in the textbase.

Electronic documents

EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents - A well organized collection of images and european documents transcribed, reproduced or translated, listed by state and age.

France-Primary Documents - Primary and secondary sources relating to France History from 10th to 20th century.

Italy-Primary Documents  - Primary and secondary sources related to Italian History, from Frederic the II to Mussolini. Relevant collection of  Renaissance texts  and documents from the Reformation. 

United Kingdom Primary Documents - Primary and secondary sources to British History  from the megalithic to 20th century: Interesting collection of medieval and modern sources (transcriptions and translations)  like the english translation of the Magna Charta and the transcription of the Bill of Rights.  See also the Sources of British History : Britannia Internet Magazine collection of significant charters, histories, chronicles, accounts, laws and summonses (1066-1931) and the  World War I Document Archive (pre-1914 - post-1918)

The Historical Text Archive (Mississippi State University) - The HTA provides original material abot American history, links to other  related sites, and electronic reprints of books and is organized by geography/nations and topics. The directories contain subdirectories, so it may be necessary to explore the site to find what one wants.Housed at the Mississippi State University. Webmaster: Don Mabry.

Historical statistics

E-H News (Historical Statistics) - Server by EH-Net, to provide a central source of information for  historians of economics. Besides various files of data, list of archives online, syllabi. 

Scottish Economic History Database, 1550 - 1780 - Searchable database related to the project on Scottish wages and prices , 1550-1780, funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council.

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