These online collections allow you to search and read the full-text of poems, fiction, prose, and plays. You may find them useful if you are looking for specific occurrences of a word or as an alternative way of reading the text.
The Literature Online portal gives access to the complete suite of tools and resources, including author profiles, full-text literature collections, scholarly criticism, reference tools, audio recordings of Shakespeare's plays, video of poetry readings and allows for users to create personalized accounts to save searches and citations.
EEBO allows users to view and search digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and other works printed in English from 1473-1700. Containing 125,000 titles, this collection includes the first book printed in English by William Caxton, early quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays with the renowned First Folio edition of 1623 and the earliest editions of classics such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Malory's Morte d'Arthur.
The first large-scale attempt to make full-text books freely available on the Internet. Included are Public Domain editions of everything from Alice in Wonderland to the complete works of Shakespeare.
Access note: Freely available to the public.
A database of modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African American poets of the last century, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.
Over 50,000 poems by 300+ American poets, including: Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.