Department of English

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26.0 Essential Electronic Resources

Note: This list is NOT exhaustive; please refer to the rest of the checklist for other electronic resources.

The University of Toronto subscribes to many services (check its electronic resources page on the Libraries Home page), but changes are frequent, and no complete database (especially of CD-ROMs) is available. The electronic services to which Robarts subscribes are also not entered on UCAT; check the U of T Library Home Page [UTL Catalogue; Resources] for a list of electronic resources.

Google is the most effective search engine.

Guides to Primary Resources

Literature On-Line. Chadwyck-Healey.
Literature On-line is a fully searchable library of more than 330,000 works of primary and secondary sources.

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). British Library Board.
Contains the records of an enormous variety of all kinds of material published in the United Kingdom between 1473-1800, and works in English from all over the world. If it is listed in the ESTC, then U of T probably has it in microfilm. These titles are NOT usually listed in UCAT; to discover if U of T has holdings, go to the reference desk on the microfilm room and check the hard copy editions of the Short-Title Catalogue (1642-1700 ed. Donald Wing, or 1475-1641, ed. Pollard and Redgrave): U of T holdings are marked in pencil in the margins.
While there are several ways of accessing the ESTC, the most common is through the U of T Library Page. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; e-Reference; English Short Title Catalogue]   or
The search engine is not always effective; the books remain useful.

Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue. CD-ROM. Avero, 2001.
Available on-line. [U of T Home Page; UTL Cat; Resources; e-reference]. Aims to catalogue all British books published from 1801-1919.   

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Guides to Secondary Sources

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL). 1920-97. London: Modern Humanities Research Assn., 1921-97. Annual. [Z 2011 M69--ROBAREF, shelf range 28, behind Index Table no.2]
Now available on-line through Literature On-line. [U of T Libraries; UCAT; Resources]  

British Humanities Index. 1962- . London: Bowker-Saur, 1963- . Quarterly, with annual cumulations. [A1 3 E752 02--ROBAREF, Index Table No. 21]
Excellent coverage of book published in Britain; particularly useful for British Literature specialists. Available on-line. [U of T Library Home Page; UTC Catalogue; Resources; e-indexes].

MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures. 1921- . New York: MLA, 1922- . Annual. [Z 7006 M639, M64A--ROBAREF, Index Table No. 2]
This bibliography was published annually as part of PMLA until 1968. A set of collected reprints is kept in the Reference Section. It is available on-line from 1963 to the present. [U of T Library Home Page; UTC Catalogue; Resources; e-Reference]  

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Britannica Index.  
Available through the U of T Library Home Page. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; e-reference]

Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford UP. 2nd Ed.  

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Library Catalogues

Research Library Information Network (RLIN). Research Library Group.
The Union catalogue of many major research libraries. Access through the U of T Library Home Page. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; Other Library Catalogues]  

The catalogue of Canadian libraries. Access through the U of T Library Home Page. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; Other Library Catalogues]  

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Wilson Biography Index.
Access via U of T Library homepage. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; e-Reference] 
Also available on CD-ROM.

Biography Resource Center. Gale Group.
Access from U of T Library homepage. [UTL Catalogue; Resources; e-Reference]  

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"Jobs." Chronicle of Higher Education. 
 A subscription results in access to the list a week before general publication.

Job Information List. MLA.  
Access to a password is necessary to search this site.

Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List. U of Pennsylvania.
This e-mail list includes calls for conference papers, journal issues, books and general publications. Full information, including how to subscribe (it's free), at  

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There are many sites. Start with:

Liu, Alan, comp. Voice of the Shuttle: Web-Page for Humanities. Research

Lynch, Jack. Literary Resources on the Net.  

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