Online Research Resources

Below you will find a list of online resources compiled by the faculty members of A&H that you may find helpful while performing research during the pandemic.

Resources for Doctoral Research on the Holocaust and Related Topics

Resources for Researching American History

  • The CIA's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room
    Here you can view documents released through the FOIA and other CIA release programs. Click on "Advanced Search", then in the "Collection" list, look for "Library of Congress." Click on that and then go back up to the "Search Term(s)" box and search away.  Just as one example, there are 59 hits on "assassination."
  • If you would like to view the CIA's previously released documents and collections, visit the Historical Collections page to Browse the Collections, which includes links to all collections previously found on the CIA Records Search Tool (know as CREST) as well as individual collections of documents on historically significant topics compiled by the CIA's office.

Resources for Researching American and English Literature

  • LIUPost
    A list of digital collections.
  • English and American Literature: Digital Collections and Digital Humanities Projects
  • ArchiveGrid
    ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world. ArchiveGrid is an online service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions. It includes nearly a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. Can be searched via ArchiveGrid in
  • Archive Finder
    Archive Finder is a current directory which describes over 220,000 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Archives Portal Europe
    The Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent.
    Information about books, journal titles, videos, and materials in other formats owned by U.S. and foreign libraries. Select ARCHIVAL MATERIAL under FORMAT to limit to items in archives and finding aids.
  • WorldCat (via FirstSearch)
    Information about books, journal titles, videos, and materials in other formats owned by U.S. and foreign libraries. Select ARCHIVAL MATERIALS to limit to archive items and finding aids.
  • H-Net
    Discussion networks in Humanities and Social Science disciplines.
  • World guide to special libraries (2007)
    A comprehensive directory of special libraries worldwide. It includes major central libraries such as the National Library of Medicine departmental and institute libraries, corporate and administrative libraries, ‘classic’ special libraries such as the Bibliothèque artistique de la ville de Bruxelles and general libraries with major specialized holdings.
  • Repositories of Primary Sources
    A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar

Freely Available Digital Collections

Free Full Text Sources

English Literature

  • The Camelot Project
    This is a database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies and other related information. This project is sponsored by the University of Rochester.
  • Discovering Literature - British Library
    This site features 1,200 items and insights from 60 experts, as well as author profiles, newly commissioned articles, documentary films and lesson plans.
  • Eighteenth Century Resources on the Net
    This is an excellent site for English Literature. Includes extensive listings for the following -- Biblical, Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, 18th Century, Romantic, Victorian, 20th Century, British, Irish, American, Other National Literatures, Hypertext, Theater and Drama, and Literary Thoery.
  • English Language and Literature Research Guide
    This exhaustive guide from Yale University includes internet resources and print resources. The latter is categorized by type of source, genre, and time frame.
  • English Literature on the Web
    Here one can find e-text archives, information on children's books and authors, medieval English literature, Anglo-Saxon literature, information on British authors and literature of various time periods such as the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • English Literature Resources
    An extensive directory of literature resources on the internet
  • The Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism
    Contains critical and biographical information about authors and their works.
  • Labyrinth Library: Middle English
    The Labyrinth provides free access to information in medieval studies with several links to other global servers that connect to databases, services and electronic texts. This site will soon include a variety of new resources such as on-line forums, professional directories and news, on-line bibliographies and an on-line university of teachers and scholars available for electronic conferencing.
  • Literary Resources on the Net
    This is another page which deals mainly with English and American Literature sources on the net and is limited to collections of information useful to academics. It is possible to search this site by literary time frame or literary genre.
  • Luminarium
    Luminarium is an excellent resource for Middle English Literature, Renaissance literature, and 17th-century literature.
  • Old English Literature
    This site contains works such as Beowulf along with criticism about these works as well as numerous prose, poems and reference works in middle English.
  • Post-Colonial Literature
    Post-Colonial Literature contains works written in English by citizens of former British colonies other than the U.S. and Canada. Some non-western literature may also be included.
  • Old English Resources
    contains links to Old English text collections, fonts, courses and programs, in addition to Old English alphabet, glossaries, grammar and thesaurus.
  • Romantic Circles
    This website is devoted to the literature and culture of the Romantic period.
  • Victoria Research Web
    Victoria Research Web is dedicated to the study of nineteenth century British Literature and is a valuable resource for students, teachers and researchers who maybe studying the period. Links to other Victorian sites can be found here as well as several writings of Victorian women writers.
  • Voice of the Shuttle -- English Literature
    This page is an excellent site for accessing information on the literature of the eighteenth century. You can find general resources, authors, works, projects, and criticism about the writing of the period.



  • British Poetry 1780-1910: A Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions
    This site contains scholarly editions of books of poetry published between 1780-1910 and is meant for scholars interested in Romantic and Victorian literature.
  • The Romantics
    analyzes the major influences in the lives of the Romantic poets during the late eighteenth century and mid-nineteenth century.
  • Rossetti Archive
    Contains the complete writings and pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
  • A Timeline of English Poetry
    This site contains old English, middle English, and new English poems. Indexes by poet, tile, first line, and keyword and has links to criticism on poetry.
  • Twentieth Century Poetry Resources
    Created by Ishikawa of Kobe University in Japan, this site provides pages that contain photographs, biographical sketches, and bibliographies of selected twentieth century poets.
  • William Blake Archive
    Contains books, prints, illustrations, and manuscripts and typographic works of William Blake.


Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

  • Internet Speculative Fiction Database
    The ISFDB is an effort to catalog works of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It links together various types of bibliographic data: author bibliographies, publication bibliographies, award listings, magazine content listings, anthology and collection content listings, yearly fiction, indexes, and forthcoming books.
  • The Locus Index to Science Fiction
    This site contains one of the most comprehensive bibliographies of science fiction and fantasy for the period covered. Includes news, reviews, resources, and perspectives of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
  • MIT Science Fiction Society Homepage
    This is the world's largest collection of science fiction. Contains some foreign language material and more than 90% of all science fiction, horror and fantasy related stuff published in English. Includes an extensive magazine collection. Membership dues.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database
    This is an index to over 60,000 items about science fiction and fantasy compiled by H.W. Hall. History, criticism, commentary, fan writings, and some reviews are all included.
  • Science Fiction Foundation Home Page
    This is the research library of the Science Fiction Foundation and is the largest resource of science fiction and related material in the United Kingdom.
  • Free Speculative Fiction Online
    This site features science fiction authors, award winning stories, recommendations, and more.

Additional Sources

Professor Peter A. Shulman from Case Western University created a wonderful list of sources that we'd like to share. You may access his Sources for Digitized Archival Manuscript Collections on Google Drive or a PDF copy of what he has created.