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Special research opportunities in English, University of Minnesota Libraries

Research opportunities in English at the University of Minnesota Libraries

The University of Minnesota Libraries constitute one of the strongest research libraries in the United States. Holdings in English and American literature and related areas are generally reliable and include areas of unusual strength.

The electronic catalogue, MNCAT, provides detailed bibliographical information about the collections, and also gives access to a large number of digitized texts, including primary texts and scholarly journals. For example, the following databases provide searchable access:

  • Early English Books Online (the texts of virtually all the books that were published in the English language between 1475 and 1700; in progress)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online ("in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom" between 1700 and 1800, along with "thousands of works published in the Americas"; in progress)
  • Early American Imprints ("Digital Evans"; the texts of virtually all the books that were published in the United States from 1639 to 1800)
  • Literature Online (a large number of literary texts that range from the early modern to the modern period, as well as numerous secondary works)
  • English Poetry Database ("the works of almost 1,350 poets from 600 to 1900"; see production details and critical reception)
  • English Verse Drama ("more than 2,000 works by around 450 named authors and approximately 230 anonymous works, from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late thirteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century")
  • The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800–1926 (more than 21,000 works, British and American)
  • JSTOR (leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences)
  • Project Muse (leading academic journals in journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theatre and performing arts, political science, and mathematics)
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Michael Hancher, Department of English, University of Minnesota
URL: <http://mh.cla.umn.edu/umnlibs.html>; comments to: mh@umn.edu
Created February 1995; last revised July 16, 2007
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