Union College Electronic Books

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Black Thought and Culture: African Americans From Colonial Times to the Present: Sources

html 1,297 sources with 1,100 authors Covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans; monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews.

Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections

html 20 collections

Cross-searchable via the Literature Online interface:
"Each literature collection has been developed with its own specialist editorial board to advise on the selection of texts and editions.The general policy has always been to include either an authoritative collected edition for each author or first editions of individual works as appropriate."

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO): Books

pdf   Current content from 34+ publishers. Can also browse for books by author, subject, and title. [Archive] indicates an institution that is no longer contributing new material to CIAO.
Early English Books Online pdf, tiff 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.
ebrary browser plug-in required 43,000 titles organized by 16 key subject areas. Full-text searching and retrieval of over 42,000 titles in various disciplines, with a rich "information toolset." Browser plug-in required; Multiple search and navigation options; Highlighting, annotating, and personal bookshelves; Copy/paste and print text with automatic citations and URL hyperlinks back to the source.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online pdf, html 138,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 Eighteenth Century Collections Online ECCO), a comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century, the world’s largest library of the printed book on microfilm. 138,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 will be made available online over the course of the next two years.
The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

html, pdf 131+ Search across all disciplines; search for words in: document title, keywords, or entire document. Includes Union's access to Contemporary Authors.

Literature Online (LION)

html 55,000+

Contents pages are grouped by area: Texts, Criticism & Reference, Multimedia. Offers the full text of 350,000+ works of poetry, drama and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day, cross-searchable with the contents of Chadwyck-Healey literature collections.

Oxford Reference Online

html 175+ Updated at least three times a year with new titles, new editions, and additional features. In addition, all content is reviewed and updated regularly. Also includes links to biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the American National Biography, & Grove Music Online.

Twayne's Author Series

html 1,100+ Works from Chinua Achebe to Sir Thomas Wyatt. Also includes 18 Books on Special Topics, including African Childrens and Youth Literature, Jewish American Fiction, and Movement, The, British Poets of the 1950s.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000: Sources

html 79 document projects Provide 2,400+ documents, 32,000+ pages, 900+ images, and 800 links to other websites. 12 new document projects added annually; a dictionary of social movements and organizations; a chronology of U.S. Women's History.
Available on the Web    

Abraham Lincoln Books (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Open Content Alliance)

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26 titles Digitized through a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Open Content Alliance.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts html, ascii, pdf 14,000+ A collection of "classic" public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Create on-the-fly pdfs for offline reading or printing.
Bartleby.com: Great Books Online html 300+ texts Includes the Encyclopedia of World History and The Harvard Classics. Reference, verse, fiction, and non-fiction
UMDL Text Collections (University of Michigan)
gif, pdf, tiff, html 67 Collections: 62,875 Texts
Digital General Collection: 28,000+

Some collections restricted to UofM community. Also links to the freely available Digital General Collection, among others.
Includes collections on Nineteenth-Century American publications, British and American poetry, Google Books project titles and Making of America social history texts.

Electronic Text Center (University of Virginia Library)
    Searchable collection of English-language literature texts, works on American Westward Expansion, and art and architecture images will be available.
eScholarship editions
html 2,000 Includes books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.
Open access to the collection is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the ebooks can be purchased directly from the publishers.
Free Books pdf,tiff,
many A comprehensive annotated listing of ebooks worldwide. Includes individual topics, audiobooks, and sacred texts. Check out the Best free Digital Libraries - world.
Google Book Search
pdf, gif, html 100,000+ fully readable public domain books, plus many more copyrighted books available via excerpts and snippets. Readers are connected with books in two ways: the Partner Program and the Library Project. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google Books permission, a preview of the book is available and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, a pdf copy can be downloaded.
Internet Archive: Text Archive
jpeg (texts) 330,000+ items (texts) The Internet Archive was founded "to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format." In addition to texts, the Archive now includes, audio, moving images, software, and archived web pages in the collections. Search or browse sub-collections.
The Library of Congress American Memory
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100+ collections; 9 million+ items American Memory is a multimedia web site of digitized historical documents, photographs, sound recordings, moving pictures, books, pamphlets, maps, and other resources from the Library of Congress’s vast holdings; Browse by topic, period, place.
Making of America - Cornell
Making Of America -Michigan Database
tiff,giff,text 12,000+ volumes in the Michigan database

Cornell's contribution: Monograph Volumes: 267; Serial Volumes: 955

"Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology."
NYPL Digital Gallery
jpeg 600,000 NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
National Academies Press
html, pdf 3,000+ National Academy science, engineering, and health texts free online. Print copies can also be purchased. Texts are presented in a fully-searchable "Open Book" format, which also allows for page browsing & internal links.
The Online Books Page text, html,
30,000+ "A website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet." A listing of some of the major sources and indexes of free online texts, in all languages, both general and specialized is included as a sub-set in the Online Books Page - Archives and Indexes; Large-scale repositories and significant indexes, search aids and smaller-scale archives.
Project Gutenberg text

20,000+ in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.

100,000+ titles available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.

"the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright." Browse by Author, Title, Language or Recently Posted.