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English and American Literature Subject Guide — Historical Text Databases: English Literature

Resources for researching English and American literature

Historical (Primary Text) Databases

These databases contain the transcriptions of primary texts written in England from about the 8th Century to the latter part of the 15th Century.  For medieval illustrative material, please consult the list of Additional Resources given in the Medieval Studies Research Guide.
These databases present the searchable texts and images of the materials published in books, broadsides, pamphlets, proclamations, and newspapers printed in England from 1473 until 1800.  The spellings of words, names, and phrases can vary -- a simple word such as our dog can be spelled dog, dogg, dogge, etc. --  so be certain to try alternative spellings in order to get the best results.
These databases present the searchable texts and images of the materials published in books, broadsides, magazines, pamphlets, proclamations, and newspapers printed in England from 1801 to the present.  The spellings of words, names, and phrases can vary, so be certain to try alternative spellings in order to get the best results.
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