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« Topic Start: April 28, 2010, 02:09:39 pm »

Hey folks,

One of the things I am doing to complete my Master's degree is building a database of websites that would be useful for introductory literature students.  Eventually, students will be able to add material on their own, but I am creating all the initial entries.  I'm asking you to suggest literature websites that you found particularly interesting or helpful.  This could be general (e.g. Project Gutenberg) or topic specific (e.g. The Mark Twain papers collection).  I'm looking for British Lit (Beowulf-modern times), American Lit (colonial-modern times) and pretty much anything World Lit.  Think the kinds of subject you would see in a Norton Anthology.

If you are feeling especially helpful, it would be great if you could write a mini-review using this format:

Topic   Mark Twain’s writings and history
Website Title           Mark Twain Project Online
Website Creator(s)   University of California
url                           http://www.marktwainproject.org/homepage.html

Brief Description of Website:   This growing website intends to provide an annotated reference source for archival and textual research dealing with Mark Twain.

Useful/Interesting features:   Excellent for primary sources, especially letters and biographies of acquaintances.  Resources include extensive notes.  Provides tutorials to understand and navigate organization system.

Problem areas   Website is still a work in progress, and as such, has many gaps.  Provides very few writings and no images at this point.

Rating (1 worst-10 best)   8

Tags for Search Terms   Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Roughing It, Connecticut Yankee
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« Reply #1: April 28, 2010, 02:25:56 pm »

I'm asking you to suggest literature websites that you found particularly interesting or helpful.  This could be general (e.g. Project Gutenberg) or topic specific (e.g. The Mark Twain papers collection).  I'm looking for British Lit (Beowulf-modern times), American Lit (colonial-modern times) and pretty much anything World Lit.  Think the kinds of subject you would see in a Norton Anthology.

I don't know if this is helpful, but it's a website I frequent:

http://www.poets.org/

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« Reply #2: April 28, 2010, 02:28:36 pm »

I don't know if this is helpful, but it's a website I frequent:

http://www.poets.org/

Brina

This looks great!  Exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for!  Thanks Brina!
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« Reply #3: April 28, 2010, 07:09:41 pm »

This looks great!  Exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for!

Yer welcome!

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« Reply #4: April 28, 2010, 07:37:51 pm »

Ooh! Let me see what I can dig up in my bookmarks... Cheesy

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/ -- Similar to Poetry.org. The publisher of Poetry magazine.
http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do -- Historic and contemporary recordings of poetry readings! Too cool!
http://www.rc.umd.edu/ -- A wonderful site for Romanticism.
http://bartelby.net/ -- Awesome.
http://www.english.illinois.edu/MAPS/poets.htm -- Super duper resource on Modern American poets!

The other sites I have are more oriented towards the secondary teaching of English.
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« Reply #5: April 28, 2010, 11:18:12 pm »

Ooh! Let me see what I can dig up in my bookmarks... Cheesy

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/ -- Similar to Poetry.org. The publisher of Poetry magazine.
http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do -- Historic and contemporary recordings of poetry readings! Too cool!
http://www.rc.umd.edu/ -- A wonderful site for Romanticism.
http://bartelby.net/ -- Awesome.
http://www.english.illinois.edu/MAPS/poets.htm -- Super duper resource on Modern American poets!

The other sites I have are more oriented towards the secondary teaching of English.

You rock!  Thanks!
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« Reply #6: May 10, 2010, 01:41:55 pm »


Maybe not precisely what you may want, but I think that Sacred Texts is one of those sites that needs to pointed out whenever big database projects are brought up.

Topic: Sacred texts, mythology, folklore and fairy tales
Website Title: The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Website Creator: John Bruno Hare
url: http://www.sacred-texts.com/

This website is intended to be "the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet", and has a wide, large readership, and a wide, extremely large and varied collection of books, stories and illustrations.

Useful/Interesting Features: The long column at the right provides a good place to start browsing, and shows you quickly the breadth of material found in the website. This is a labor of love, and funded largely through DVD sales of the archive. It's updated fairly frequently, and a lot of charmingly weird things can be discovered among all of the general, more popular works contained here. A great reference for those interested in cultural/religious studies and mythology and folklore without access to a university library.

Problem areas: Search function is still pretty limited, and unless you know what you are looking for, a long time can be spent browsing. Tagging or a wiki-like redo could make this site a lot more functional, but since it's pretty much one guy doing the work, it's understandably difficult to go through. Quality of scans can vary.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Tags: Sacred texts, mythology, folklore, fairy tales, general, public domain
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« Reply #7: May 11, 2010, 11:28:50 pm »

Maybe not precisely what you may want, but I think that Sacred Texts is one of those sites that needs to pointed out whenever big database projects are brought up.

Topic: Sacred texts, mythology, folklore and fairy tales
Website Title: The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Website Creator: John Bruno Hare
url: http://www.sacred-texts.com/

This website is intended to be "the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet", and has a wide, large readership, and a wide, extremely large and varied collection of books, stories and illustrations.

Useful/Interesting Features: The long column at the right provides a good place to start browsing, and shows you quickly the breadth of material found in the website. This is a labor of love, and funded largely through DVD sales of the archive. It's updated fairly frequently, and a lot of charmingly weird things can be discovered among all of the general, more popular works contained here. A great reference for those interested in cultural/religious studies and mythology and folklore without access to a university library.

Problem areas: Search function is still pretty limited, and unless you know what you are looking for, a long time can be spent browsing. Tagging or a wiki-like redo could make this site a lot more functional, but since it's pretty much one guy doing the work, it's understandably difficult to go through. Quality of scans can vary.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Tags: Sacred texts, mythology, folklore, fairy tales, general, public domain

Thank you, Finn.  A good pick.
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« Reply #8: July 10, 2010, 02:07:56 am »

Hey folks,

One of the things I am doing to complete my Master's degree is building a database of websites that would be useful for introductory literature students.  Eventually, students will be able to add material on their own, but I am creating all the initial entries.  I'm asking you to suggest literature websites that you found particularly interesting or helpful.  This could be general (e.g. Project Gutenberg) or topic specific (e.g. The Mark Twain papers collection).  I'm looking for British Lit (Beowulf-modern times), American Lit (colonial-modern times) and pretty much anything World Lit.  Think the kinds of subject you would see in a Norton Anthology.

If you are feeling especially helpful, it would be great if you could write a mini-review using this format:

Topic   Mark Twain’s writings and history
Website Title           Mark Twain Project Online
Website Creator(s)   University of California
url                           http://www.marktwainproject.org/homepage.html

Brief Description of Website:   This growing website intends to provide an annotated reference source for archival and textual research dealing with Mark Twain.

Useful/Interesting features:   Excellent for primary sources, especially letters and biographies of acquaintances.  Resources include extensive notes.  Provides tutorials to understand and navigate organization system.

Problem areas   Website is still a work in progress, and as such, has many gaps.  Provides very few writings and no images at this point.

Rating (1 worst-10 best)   8

Tags for Search Terms   Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Roughing It, Connecticut Yankee

Well, for introductory college level...I used jstor.org a lot when doing research for papers.  (I'm a lit major).
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