Electronic Books


These are collections of electronic books owned by the University of Delaware Library or else freely available on the Internet. Collections owned by the University of Delaware Library are licensed for use by current University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff, and are indicated with the notation “Authorized University of Delaware users only.”


Area, Ethnic & Gender Studies | Arts & Humanities | Business & Economics | Engineering & Physical Sciences | Government, Law, & Politics | Life & Health Sciences | Multidisciplinary | Reference & Statistics | Social Sciences

Area, Ethnic & Gender Studies

African Writers Series [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/aws.html]
Key texts of modern African literature. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Black Drama [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/bd.html]
Full text of plays written by playwrights from North America, Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Black Thought and Culture: African Americans from Colonial Times to the Present [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/bltc.html]
Books, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries from 1500-1900 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/bwld.html]
Includes writings of 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Caribbean Literature [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/cali.html]
A searchable collection of poetry and fiction produced in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

China: Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/china.html]
Includes some books in addition to material in many other formats. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/gerrit.html]
Books and periodicals relating to women’s history. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

International Children’s Digital Library [http://en.childrenslibrary.org/]
“A library for the world’s children.” Many of the books in the ICDL are available in more than one language.

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000: Scholar’s Edition [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/wasm.html]
Includes some books in addition to material in other formats. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Women Working, 1870-1930 [http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/]
A prototype of Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program Women Working project. This site will provide access to digitized books (over 2000), manuscripts (10,000 pages) and images (1,000) from the collections of Harvard University Libraries and Museums on the topic of women in the U.S. economy from 1870-1930.

Women Writers Online [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/wwo.html]
Texts by pre-Victorian women writers. A subset called Renaissance Women Online includes texts from the early modern period. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Arts & Humanities

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts [http://www.infomotions.com/alex2/]
A collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy.

American Memory: Books, Other Printed Works [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?format=Printed+Work]
Some 55 collections on a wide variety of topics.

The ARTFL Project [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/artfl.html]
Large corpus of French-language texts. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Bibliomania
“Free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts.”

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads [http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/ballads.htm]
Images and sound files from the Bodleian Library’s collection of over 30,000 ballads.

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries from 1500-1900 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/bwld.html]
Includes writings of 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts) [http://celt.ucc.ie]
A searchable online database of contemporary and historical Irish texts from many areas, including literature and the other arts.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library [http://www.ccel.org/]
Includes Christian classics as well as secondary literature on the classics and other works. Writings represent mainstream Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians, with greater emphases on Reformed and Protestant.

Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls (Stanford University Libraries) [http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/dp/pennies/home.html]
Over 8,000 items, including long runs of the major dime novel series­­Frank Leslie's Boys of America, Happy Days, Beadle's New York Dime Library, etc.

Documenting the American South: the Southern Experience in 19th-Century America [http://docsouth.unc.edu/]
This database presents primary source materials documenting the cultural history of the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It offers diaries, autobiographies, travel accounts, titles on slavery and regional literature drawn from the Southern holdings of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library.

Download and Read 19th Century Yellowbacks (Emory University Library) [http://web.library.emory.edu/yellowbacks]
Yellowbacks were cheap, 19th century British literature sold at railway book stalls, with colorful, sensational covers to attract buyers. While some were well-known books such as Sense and Sensibility, many of the yellowbacks were obscure titles by authors unknown nowadays.

France in America / La France en Amérique [http://international.loc.gov/intldl/fiahtml/fiahome.html]
A cooperative project of the Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque Nationale of France, this bilingual digital library of books, maps, prints, and other documents explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.

Gutenberg Digital [http://www.gutenbergdigital.de/gudi/start.htm]
A digitized Gutenberg Bible. The 1282 pages of the Bible at Göttingen, one of four complete, illuminated copies on vellum, have been scanned with a high-end professional digital camer, with careful attention paid to create faithful reproductions of the 88 illuminated, partly gilded pages.

Gutenberg<e> [http://www.gutenberg-e.org/]
A program of the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press, providing open access to digital history monographs.

History E-Library (National Park Service) [http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/park_histories/index.htm]
Includes titles in the series Cultural Landscape Reports, Historic Furnishing Reports, and Historic Structure Reports.

The Internet Classics Archive [http://classics.mit.edu/]
Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and “reader's choice” Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents [http://puffin.creighton.edu/jesuit/relations/]
The entire English translation of the The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, originally compiled and edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites and published by The Burrows Brothers Company, Cleveland, throughout the latter part of the nineteenth century.

The Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections & Services (Emory University) [http://beck.library.emory.edu/]
Resources include the Belfast Group Sheets (poetry), the Civil War in America from the Illustrated London News, Electronic Poetry Portal, Emory Women Writers Resources Project, French Revolution Pamphlet Collection, the Great War, the Martyred President: Sermons Given on the Occasion of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Medieval Cartularies, the Thomas Merton Diaries Project, and Southern Changes.

Literature Online (LION) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/lion.html]
English and American literature texts and related reference works, bibliography and catalog. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Major Online Text Collections by Language [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/ets/offsite.language.html]
Compiled by Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Humanities Center.

Major Online Text Collections by Subject [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/ets/offsite.subject.html]
Compiled by Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Humanities Center.

The Making of America (MOA) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/moa.html]
A collaborative project of the University of Michigan and Cornell University, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micounty/]
More than 400 histories published before 1923.

Middle English Compendium [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/mec.html]

Mormon Publications: 19th and 20th Centuries [http://relarchive.byu.edu/MPNC/]
“This collection of early Mormon publications includes books, missionary tracts, doctrinal treatises, hymnals and periodicals which helped define the doctrinal development and historical movements of the Mormon people in the 19th century.”

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries: Colonial - 1950 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/nawld.html]
Collection of American and Canadian women’s diaries and correspondence, including more than 1,000 volumes of published and unpublished material. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

The Online Medieval & Classical Library [http://omacl.org/]

PA’s Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State [http://apps.libraries.psu.edu/digitalbookshelf/]
Provides the text of 643 works pertaining to Pennsylvania history.

Park Histories (National Park Service) [http://www.nps.gov/history/history/park_histories/index.htm]
More than 1,000 books, studies, and reports are available online courtesy of the National Park Service’s Park History Program.

Past Masters [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/pm.html]
A collection of primary-source full-text humanities databases. Past Masters titles are usually comprised of the complete works of individual authors. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Revolution & Romanticism [http://www.crcstudio.arts.ualberta.ca/streetprint/index.php]
A private collection of street literature. It comprises a wide range of types, from street ballads through chapbooks and tracts to valentines, from Britain and mostly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image (SCETI) [http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/]
Created by the University of Pennsylvania Library to publish virtual facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library’s collections.

Teatro Español del Siglo de Oro [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/teso.html]
The most important dramatic works of sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

University of California Press Publications [http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucpress/]
Available free of cost are UC Publications in Entomology, UC Publications in Geological Sciences, UC Publications in Linguistics, and UC Publications in Zoology.

Women Writers Online [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/wwo.html]
Texts by pre-Victorian women writers. A subset called Renaissance Women Online includes texts from the early modern period.(Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 [http://www.letrs.indiana.edu/web/w/wright2/]
A collection of 19th century American fiction (more than 2800 titles), as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875.

See also Yahoo! Search Directory: Arts > Humanities > Literature > Electronic_Literature > Collections

Business & Economics

China: Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/china.html]
Includes some books in addition to material in many other formats. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Springer eBooks [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/springerebooks.html]
Includes more than 10,000 books online. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Knovel [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/knovel.html]
“Sci-tech reference data in a virtual technical library.” Includes over 800 reference books and databases from the world’s leading scientific publishers and professional societies in 18 industrially important subject areas. Publishers include John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Springer eBooks [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/springerebooks.html]
Includes more than 10,000 books online. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

University of California Press Publications [http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucpress/]
Available free of cost are UC Publications in Entomology, UC Publications in Geological Sciences, UC Publications in Linguistics, and UC Publications in Zoology.

Government, Law, & Politics

China: Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/china.html]
Includes some books in addition to material in many other formats. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/ciao.html]
Includes books from university, academy, and institute presses. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

18th Century British Political Pamphlets Collection [http://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/1954]
From Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, this comprehensive pamphlet collection extends from 1642, through the Civil War period, the Standing Army Controversy, the struggles for reform in the 1780s and 1790s and the Reform Bill of 1832.

French Political Pamphlets [http://www.lib.byu.edu/dlib/fpp/]
Collection of more than 2,100 pamphlets published between 1547 and 1626, from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University.

Park Histories (National Park Service) [http://www.nps.gov/history/history/park_histories/index.htm]
More than 1,000 books, studies, and reports are available online courtesy of the National Park Service’s Park History Program.

OECD iLibrary [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/oecdilibrary.html]
The online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It offers the OECD’s publications catalog online in full text. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Life & Health Sciences

Knovel [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/knovel.html]
“Sci-tech reference data in a virtual technical library.” Includes over 800 reference books and databases from the world’s leading scientific publishers and professional societies in 18 industrially important subject areas. Publishers include John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Springer eBooks [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/springerebooks.html]
Includes more than 10,000 books online. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Turning the Pages Online
Digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences from the collections of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

University of California Press Publications [http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucpress/]
Available free of cost are UC Publications in Entomology, UC Publications in Geological Sciences, UC Publications in Linguistics, and UC Publications in Zoology.

Multidisciplinary

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts [http://www.infomotions.com/alex2/]
A collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy.

American Memory: Books, Other Printed Works [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?format=Printed+Work]
Some 55 collection on a wide variety of topics.

Bartleby.com [http://www.bartleby.com/]
“ ... Providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”

Cleveland Memory Project [http://www.clevelandmemory.org/ebooks/]
Digitized historical books relating to the Cleveland area.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/eai_i.html]
All American imprints from the 17th and 18th centuries which were identified in the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and in the Supplement to Evans’ American Bibliography by Roger Bristol. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Early Canadiana Online [http://www.canadiana.org/]
Consists of several collections, including Canadian Women's History, Colonial Government Journals, The Early Governors General of Canada, English Canadian Literature, History of French Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jesuit Relations, and Native Studies.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/eebo.html]
Digitized images of books published in England, 1475-1700. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/ebookcoll.html]
A collection of electronic books. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/ecco.html]
Digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th century. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Electronic Text Centre (University of New Brunswick Libraries) [http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/]
Includes digitized collections from UNB.

Google Books
Includes “full view” and “limited preview” access to digitized books and serials, depending generally on copyright status.

The Mad Cybrarian’s Library [http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/richmond/88/]
Links to free online e-texts indexed by author. It strives to index all e-texts on the Web.

ManyBooks.Net [http://manybooks.net/]
“Free eBooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook reader.”

The National Academies Press [http://www.nap.edu/]
Free access to the full text of books; order a hard copy from the site for a charge.

The Ohio State University Press Open Access Initiative [http://www.ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?/books/openaccess.htm]
Some 80 out-of-print OSU Press titles.

The On-Line Books Page (University of Pennsylvania) [http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/]
“Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web.”

The Oxford Text Archive [http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/]

Project Gutenberg [http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page]

Rare Books Digitized in the USA [http://wiki.netbib.de/coma/RareUS]
A wiki collection of hyperlinks to sites featuring digitized rare books.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Collections [http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalLibrary.cfm]
From the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, Natural History Rare Books, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins, and Publications from Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Springer eBooks [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/springerebooks.html]
Includes more than 10,000 books online. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Text Archive (Internet Archive) [http://www.archive.org/details/texts]
“This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text, many licensed using Creative Commons licenses.”

Text Archive (Cornell University Libraries) [http://www.archive.org/details/cornell]
More than 70,000 digitized public domain books

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections [http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/]
Resources within the collections are free and publicly accessible online. They are loosely organized into collections that span a range of subjects including art, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin. Digital resources include text-based materials such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections; photographic images; slides; maps; prints; posters; audio; and video.

World Digital Library [http://www.wdl.org/en]
Significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.

Reference & Statistics

Credo Reference [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/credo.html]
Online collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other ready-reference books covering a range of topics, such as art, business, literature, and science. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Knovel [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/knovel.html]
“Sci-tech reference data in a virtual technical library.” Includes over 800 reference books and databases from the world’s leading scientific publishers and professional societies in 18 industrially important subject areas. Publishers include John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

OECD iLibrary [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/oecdilibrary.html]
The online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It offers the OECD’s publications catalog online in full text. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Social Sciences

OECD iLibrary [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/oecdilibrary.html]
The online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It offers the OECD’s publications catalog online in full text. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).

Springer eBooks [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/springerebooks.html]
Includes more than 10,000 books online. (Authorized University of Delaware users only).


This page is maintained by Erin Daix, Collection Development Department.

Last modified: 11/28/11