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This page contains what I consider to be some useful links for students and scholars of Renaissance English Literature - and possibly of other periods of English Literature as well. Of course, the list is not complete: if you know of other useful sites please let me know.
What you will find here is a list of some of the most important bibliographical and reference tools, together with a series of links to pages devoted to some specific topics or authors. Some of the most popular library catalogues (such as the British Library, the Cambridge University Library, the Bodleian Library, the Library of Congress...), have been included in the list. Fuller lists of library links can be reached from some of the sites listed below (some of the reference tools will open in a new blank window). All the links have now been re-checked and updated.


UK - USA: who, where, when...
E-mail addresses, Yellow pages, American and British institutions (they could be useful one day...).

Library catalogues and other resources.

Some useful collections of links for the most important Universities of the UK & the USA.

Indexes and search tools for various periods of English Literature.

LITERATURE - Renaissance

a) general

b) on-line texts

c) Author pages

d) Journals

Two short sections on a) archives b) manuscripts and early printed books.

Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, various reference tools.

On-line publishers and bookshops, microfilms, CD-ROMs, Italian libraries' Web pages and OPACs.

Articles and tools from the Readytoteach.it website (in Italian and English)

check them out
UK - USA: who, where, when...  

WhoWhere? E-mail Addresses
Useful in particular to find individuals and institutions - for academic addresses see "University".

EYP - English Yellow Pages
The on-line classified directory of UK businesses.

Bing Maps
Very useful for finding locations both within London (digitized A-Z) and the rest of the UK.

Yes, a small library...

a) search engines and major gateways to on-line library catalogues

Libweb - Library Servers via WWW
On-Line Library Catalogs

RLIN Z39.50 Test Server
The Research Libraries Group - all of the most important libraries of the USA.

b) Some useful on-line catalogues

The UK online public access catalogue (providing unified access to the catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland).

The British Library's On-line Information Server - Indexes and access to the catalogue.

General information and access to the catalogue of the University Library and to the Union Catalogue of Departmental & College Libraries.

General information about the Bodleian Library and Telnet access to OLIS, the catalogue of the Bodleian and other Oxford Libraries.

Oxford - Oxford University libraries Gateway
Information and very useful lists of recommended resources in given subject areas.

Access to the multiple search catalogue of the Library of Congress (and link to the WWW/Z39.50 Gateway). This site includes a good selection of databases and resources. 

Tutti gli OPAC italiani   updated
Links to all (at least in theory...) catalogues of Italian libraries available on the Internet.

The British Institute of Florence   NEW
The British Institute of Florence library is open to all. Its collection specialises in the humanities and it has a vast collection on English Literature.  Items are available for loan and can be consulted via their online catalogue. Each year in April the Institute organises a Shakespeare Week of activities and a Shakespeare Graduate Conference.



a) General information, indexes, resources for academic studies

Education and Research Opportunities in the UK
Hero was (alas, alas...) the official gateway to the UK's universities, colleges and research organizations. This bried list of links is still useful, anyway. updated

The Digital Education Network Study Abroad Index
From language schools to scholarships and much more. updated

The HUMBUL (via Oxford University) updated
Collection of high quality links, searchable databases, catalogues, access to various bibliographic and reference tools.

b) British and American Universities

Braintrack: US colleges
From the WWW's oldest and most complete index of universities and colleges. 

USA Universities and Colleges by State
Another list of American academic institutions.

UK Universities and colleges updated
British equivalent of the above with a sensitive Map (from The University of Wolverhampton)


c) Some Universities and Colleges - UK

University of Cambridge
Link to Cambridge U's main page. The Cambridge University Library is now accessible via Web as well.

University of Cambridge - The Faculty of English.
A useful Web page from a prestigious institution

University of Oxford
links to Oxford U's main page and to the relevant services. The Library system and the Bodleian catalogue is now fully accessible on the Web

University College London
London's WWW- with an efficient search engine (especially good for finding people and institutes)

The University of Surrey
WWW with search engine

Coventry University
Info on undergraduate and graduate courses, international programs, research etc. Note that this institution's Island is now open in Second Life.

d) Universities and Colleges - USA and Canada (just a few, of course...)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources Home Page

University of Richmond, Virginia

University of Toronto

Yale University

The Catholic University of America


dear old disks...

LITERATURE - Indexes, tools and search engines

Voice of the Shuttle
Woven by Professor Alan Liu and a development team at the English Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is perhaps the most impressive gateway for the Humanities. Do not miss its Literature section, which can be browsed by period and offers a large quantity of useful information on... well, almost anything literary.

Literary Research Tools on the Net
by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University. Good page, but not frequently updated...

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
From Blackwell's and the Digital Humanities oraganization (see also its twin Companion to Digital Humanities) NEW

CTI Textual Studies
Part of the former University of Oxford's Humanities Computing Unit and one of twenty-four centres promoting and supporting computers in university teaching. Links to Literature in all languages, Linguistics, Theology and Religious Studies, Classics, Philosophy, Film & Media Studies, Theatre, Arts and Drama. With an "On-line Publications" section featuring "Computers and Texts" (a biannual journal containing articles on using computers in teaching, reviews and announcements) and "Guide to Digital Resources" (descriptions of computer-based teaching and research resources for the disciplines listed above. Also, tools for text analysis and creation of electronic editions)

The Perseus Project
An evolving digital library with information and a database of art and archaeology images - but also quite a few Renaissance items as well..

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
An applied think tank for the digital humanities. See in particular its research section

Intute - Arts and Humanities section
The new name for what once was RDN and now a free online service providing access to the best Web resources for education and research, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists. There are over 18,000 Web resources listed here that are freely available by keyword searching and browsing. Based in the University of Oxford, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of the Arts London.


LITERATURE - The Renaissance

General Sites

Early Modern Resources
in fact, more than the title tells: a comprehensive gateway for all those interested in finding electronic resources relating to the early modern period.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
The CRRS is a library and research centre devoted to the study of the period from approximately 1350 to 1700. The Centre also organizes a programme of lectures and seminars, and maintains an active series of publications. From this page you can access many useful resources, and bibliographies on the European Renaissance - in particular:

Iter - Gateway to the Renaissance updated
Website of a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources.

The Voice of the Shuttle's English Renaissance Links Page.
A very large (and good!) selection of links.

Luminarium - Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603)
A richly illustrated guide to English Renaissance Literature which boasts hundreds original pages, many biographies, bibliographies, on-line texts... and even a bookshop.

Literary Resources -- Renaissance
Part of the Literary Research collection maintained by Jack Lynch (University of Pennsylvania).

Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature: Background Information
Useful sources and historical backgrounds for literary historians and students (from Luminarium).

Early Modern Literary Studies: Electronic Texts
A very good set of links to texts 1500-1700 and also to various reference tools. An impressive page (unfortunately, not frequently updated) from Early Modern Literary Studies.

Elizabethan Costuming Homepage - An attractive page which takes you right into the Elizabethan era. It includes links to "Queen Elizabeth I Portrait Gallery", "16th century Paintings of Lower-class garb", "19th century engravings of Early and Later 16th century Costume" "Elizabethan Portraits at Tulane University", "Photos of Tudor and Elizabethan Costumes", "Elizabethan soldiers, gentry, and peasants", "Costumes for the Stage Production", "Elizabeth the Queen" "A Modern Portrait in the Elizabethan Style".

Fascinating recipes from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in England.

Renaissance: The Elizabethan World
a very good website including:

Life in Elizabethan England: A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603: More than 70 pages of insight into everyday life in Tudor England - food, occupations, games, pastimes, religion, fashion, manners, attitudes, and education in the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare (written by Maggie Secara)

Elizabethan Heraldry

Elizabethan Sumptuary Statutes

The Trial of the Earls of Essex and Southampton, 1601 A transcription of the treason trial that followed the Essex Rebellion, with modernized spelling, from the 1679 edition The Arraignment, Tryal, and Condemnation of Robert Earl of Essex, edited and annotated for the web by Maggie Secara

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks
easy-to-use and highly customizable search engine of every playbook produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660, DEEP provides a wealth of information about the original playbooks, their title-pages, paratextual matter, advertising features, bibliographic details, and theatrical backgrounds NEW

William Shakespeare's small Latine and lesse Greeke Discover more about Shakespeare’s (and Renaissance in general) education in these two remarkable volumes by T. W. Baldwin, originally published in 1944 by the University of Illinois Press, and available on the Web for the first time as a fully searchable, open-access electronic archive

Though not a scholarly site, Elizabethan Peerage is a useful tool to find coat of arms and information on who's who in the Elizabethan Era. Part of My Tudor Court, a nice Argentinian site by Jorge H. Castelli.

See also:

A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe NEW


a page turner???

On-line texts  

The site which was once named Project Bartleby now contains thousands of free texts and reference materials. The internal engine allows multiple searches on all the texts in the archive.

"A series of old-spelling,SGML-encoded editions of early individual copies of English Renaissance books and manuscripts, and of plain transcriptions of such works, published on the World Wide Web as a free resource for students of the period." A great page from The University of Toronto Library

The On-line Books Page
A directory of books that can be freely read right on the Internet. It includes: an index of thousands of on-line books on the Internet; pointers to significant directories and archives of on-line texts; special exhibits... and more. Some of the files are accessible only in FTP mode.

Project Gutenberg
Probably the biggest collection of on-line texts in the world (the idea is to have 10,000 texts available by the year 2000). A search engine helps you to find the author or title you need. Allows you to browse though the texts or get them in zip format

Renascence Editions updated
A very good selection of texts, some of which are usually difficult to get hold of (e.g. George Gascoigne's The Steele Glas & The complaynte of Philomene), now part of Luminarium.

Texts prepared at the Department of English, University of Toronto. Includes a very big selection of texts.

The San Antonio College LitWeb
From The Department of English at San Antonio College

From at the University of Adelaide, Australia. A large collection.... with a Facebook fan club.

An Anthology of Shorter Renaissance Poems
By Joshua Mehigan - part of an ongoing "commonplace book" (The Burning Deck)

see also:

Prof. Mitsuharu Matsuoka’s pages at Nagoya university, Japan on Shakespeare and other Renaissance authors.

Alciato's Book of Emblems

The English Emblem Book Project (Copies from the Penn State University Libraries Rare Books Room)

... and do not miss:

The Philological Museum
A GREAT site developed by Prof. Dana Sutton (University of California, Irvine) and co-edited by Martin Wiggins (Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham) including Renaissance Neo-Latin poetry, a very useful ANALYTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ON-LINE NEO-LATIN TEXTS, many texts not easy to get hold of. Well worth a visit - and worthy of the highest praise!

Pre-1600 English Ballads
original site presentation:
"The goal of this project is to produce a short book of "interesting" ballads from before 1600, containing sheet music and lyrics, both in their original form, and in a form intelligible to a modern listener") (Gregory Blount of Isenfir [Greg Lindahl] / Society for Creative Anachronism)
Includes a bibliography of early music materials.

Bodleian Library: Broadside Ballads Project
The Bodleian Library has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections. The original printed materials range from the 16th- to the 20th-Century. The Broadside Ballads project makes the digitised copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.

Early Stuart Libels (ed. Alastair Bellany and Andrew McRae)
a web-based edition of early seventeenth-century political poetry from manuscript sources. It brings into the public domain over 350 poems, many of which have never before been published.

Writer or Joker...


SIR THOMAS MORE, (1477-1535)

The Center for Thomas More Studies
Biographical sketch of Thomas More as a statesman; chronology; quotes; list of his writings, bibliography, on-line articles. from Moreana. Very, very useful.

Amici Thomae Mori
Hompage of the The Friends of Thomas More Association (Société des Amici Thomae Mori), publisher of Moreana.

William Roper:The Life of Sir Thomas More
Roper's life From The Internet Modern History Sourcebook - Department of History, Fordham University, New York.

SIR THOMAS WYATT, the Elder (1503-1542)

Sir Thomas Wyatt
Biography, quotes, collected works and tools (from Luminarium).

HENRY HOWARD, Earl of Surrey (1517?-1547)

Selected Poetry of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Some texts based on the manuscript versions of the poems published also in Tottel's Miscellany (from Representative Poetry On-line).

JOHN FOXE (1516/7–1587)

John Foxe's Book of Martyrs
From the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Sheffield, here is the Revised version (v.1.1) of Foxe's Book of Martyrs Variorum Edition Online. This edition contains the full text of three of the four editions (1563, 1570, 1583). The 1570 edition is missing books 3 and 4. These will be added in subsequent versions. Complete with editorial commentary, textual variants, Introductory Essays Image commentary, Person Glossary and much more...

RICHARD HAKLUYT (c. 1552 or 1553 – 1616)

The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation
From free ebooks website at the University of Adelaide. Includes a brief biography and some images from the early editions.

The Hakluyt Society
Complete list of the society's publications, news and more.

The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation. Part of the Perseus Collection - Renaissance Materials NEW

ELIZABETH I (1533 - 1603)

Elizabeth I - Biography
From Tudorhistory.com.

Selected Poetry of Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
From Representative Poetry On-line - Department of English at the University of Toronto.

The Life and Times Of Queen Elizabeth I
Interesting as well as educational information on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth. Includes some texts.

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth was perhaps the first monarch to understand the importance of public relations and she carefully prepared her image for public consumption. This site presents a good deal of them...

'Elizabeth: Ruler & Legend'.
An exhibit at the Newberry Library website. Very good images. Includes a Bibliography... and a Filmography !!!

Queen and Country
Website of a project on Queen Elizabeth I of England and her relation with her people. Links, Bibliography, conference announcements.

EDMUND SPENSER (1552-1599)

Edmund Spenser Home Page
The ultimate Spenser Web page. Originally conceived by Richard Bear, and now edited by Andrew Zurcher (Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge), it is the home of Edmund Spenser studies on the Internet. This set of pages is devoted to supporting the reading, study, and discussion of the words of Edmund Spenser. It aims to serve the needs of the scholar, of the student, and of the interested passer-by, offering resources and links of various level of specialization.

Hap Hazard: A manuscript resource for Spenser studies
A very useful online resource dedicated to the study of Edmund Spenser, and more particularly to the study of manuscript materials relating to his writings. From the Cambridge CERES website.


Sir EDWARD DYER (1540-1607)

12 poems in all. Definitely not a scholarly edition... still better than RPO's selection, which features "My mind to me a kingdom is", probably not by Dyer...


Sir PHILIP SIDNEY (1554-1586)

Sir Philip Sidney World Bibliography
This site, edited by Donald Stump in collaboration with C. Stuart Hunter, Jerome S. Dees, and Tim Moylan, and sponsored by Department of English & Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies of Saint Louis University is probably the largest on-line collection of bibliographic references on Sidney. It includes all the items originally published in Sir Philip Sidney: An Annotated Bibliography of Texts and Criticism, 1554-1984 (New York: G.K. Hall, Macmillan 1994) as well updates from 1985 to the present.

Texts from Astrophel and Stella (1591), and Certaine Sonnets (1580s)


GEORGE CHAPMAN (1559?-1634)

The Odyssey of Homer
Full-text - from Bartebly.com / The Bartleby Archive.

FRANCIS BACON (1561–1626)

(The Great Instauration;The Advancement of Learning;The New Organon;Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History; The Essays; The New Atlantis; Valerius Terminus: of the Interpretation of Nature). Ffrom


The Internet Shakespeare Editions.
Texts, backgrounds, and criticism. A site developed since 1996 by Michael Best. The editorial board includes David Bevington (University of Chicago), Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame), John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham). A precious site for Shakespearean studies. 

The Links page of the above, Shakespeare and Renaissance Sites, is perhaps the best links collection on the web. 

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive NEW
Digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare's plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions.

Shakespeare in Quarto NEW
from the British Library, London. See 107 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the 1642 theatre closures. Plus background information, Links and References. You can also view an interesting Timeline.

Edited by Hardy M. Cook and Ian Lancashire (RET Editions).updated

OpenSource Shakespeare
An very interesting Open Source Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works, (and including concordance and statistics!).

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare The first full-scale Web edition of Shakespeare's Works. From the prestigious MIT.

Shakespeare: Complete Works the 1914 W.J. Craig edition of The Oxford Shakespeare at Bartleby.com

Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet updated
Perhaps the most complete Web page on Shakespeare; well worth a visit also for its very useful indexes and tools.

The Folger Shakespeare Library - discover Shakespeare
Resources created by Folger staff members and others associated with the Folger. Each one is enlivened with images from the Folger’s vast collection on Shakespeare.

World Shakespeare Bibliography The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1962 and 2008. This site provides information on the new on-line version, Published for Shakespeare Quarterly by The Johns Hopkins University Press in association with The Folger Shakespeare Library

The Furness Collection on Shakespeare and Shakespearana updated
this excellent website from The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image, University of Pennsylvania Library, includes various tutorials a digital facsimils (including the First Folio of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, 1623). Click on "browse" or "quick search" to locate Shakespeare items.

The Richard III Society Homepage (do not miss its section on Fifteenth Century life).

University of Reading Page on the Globe and Shakespearean Staging A page devoted to the staging of Shakespeare's works; from the University of Reading's Renaissance Texts Research Centre.

Shakespeare Illustrated original introduction: As its editor states, this is "a work in progress [which] explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another". Too modest: it is a very useful site.

Proper Elizabethan Accents ("Meant for the faire worker, but suitable for the scholar") in real audio.

Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare: Part of an ambitious project, the New Library of Renaissance Source Materials, in progress at Tufts University (part of the Perseus Project website)

see also Prof. Mitsuharu Matsuoka’s pages at Nagoya university, Japan on Shakespeare and other Renaissance authors.

A Short Course on Shakespeare's Hamlet: offers commentary on each act, poses questions, and provides very informative supplementary materials and excerpts from influential criticism..

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. runs museums in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's Birthplace, Hall's Croft, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House, and Harvard House), a library and archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company and historical documents concerning Shakespeare and his family, and Shakespeare programs for schools and teachers.

Shakespeare's School King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon, provides an interesting section on Education in Shakespeare's time (and much more...)
The official Website of the Royal Shakespeare Company has a very good Learning Section, featuring: Teachers' brochures; Events and courses; Teaching Shakespeare; Pictures and exhibitions

Designing Shakespeare (incorporating King Lear Performance Photographs Collection)
Developed to help students and scholars gain a greater understanding of the work of theatre designers working in Britain during the last forty years of the previous century. (and consequently, the vast range of possible interpretations of Shakespeare's work). A very interesting and rich site.

Shakespeare Searched.
a handy and rather fun search engine designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, with search results clustered by topic, work, and character (Clusty Labs)

E. A. Abbott. A Shakespearean Grammar. (English) updated
Though most widely known today as the author of Flatland, a Victorian social satire and introduction to higher-dimensional geometry, Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838 - 1926) was also for twenty-five years the tireless headmaster of The City of London School, where he wrote A Shakespearian Grammar to help students understand the differences between Elizabethan and modern syntax. It is still the most complete work on the subject. From the Perseus Project.

Shakespeare Performance in Asia (SPIA)
This database is intended to promote cross-cultural understanding and serve as a core resource for students, teachers, and researchers. Current features of the archive include: a catalogue of more than 200 productions compiled by Alex Huang, which will be continuously updated; a collection of video clips from major productions; interactive maps and timelines; interviews and biographies of directors and actors; essays on Asian Shakespeare by major scholars

Shakespeare Quarterly

Teaching Shakespeare, from the Folger Shakespeare Library, including lesson plans and a teachers' lounge.  NEW

some controversial sites:

The Shakespeare Oxford Society (The official Oxfordian Page).

The Shakespeare Authorship Page (An "orthodox" reply to the above).

Marlowe Lives! (The official Marlowian page - another "who wrote Shakespeare" page).



The Marlowe Society
information about Marlowe's life and work, details about the Society, interesting sample articles from the Society's publications; news, and details of forthcoming events and meetings. NEW

The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe
Part of the New Library of Renaissance Source Materials, from The Perseus Project. In progress.

Discovering Christopher Marlowe
Dr. Faustus with commentary, a biography, bibliography, and much more...

Christopher Marlowe
From Ontalink Literature: useful marlowe links


BEN JONSON (1572-1637)

Selected Poetry of Ben Jonson.
From Representative Poetry On-line - University of Toronto

The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson
Once ready, it will offer a complete re-editing of the entire Jonsonian canon, and aims to supersede the monumental Oxford Ben Jonson of C. H. Herford and Percy and Evelyn Simpson published between 1925 and 1952.


MARY WROTH (1587–1651/3)
Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition
A great work of scholarship, accurate -- and free... ! NEW

JOHN MILTON (1608-1674)

The Milton-L Home Page
Ample choice of texts (9 versions of Paradise Lost!), articles, bibliography, book and articles reviews, links to other Miltonian Web sites - University of Richmond (Virginia).

John Milton's A Maske or Comus
Texts and scholarly resources for the study of John Milton's A Maske, or Comus. (Helen Hull, Meg Pearson, and Erin Sadlack Graduate Students in English Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park).

Darkness visible
Developed by English students at Christ's College, Cambridge, this site is a very good resource for school students studying Milton's Paradise Lost , and perhaps for many undergraduates as well...


·  Milton Quarterly via Project Muse.

·  Milton Review



Richard Lovelace Page
From Poetry Archives - good selection of on-line texts.


ANDREW MARVELL (1621-1678)

Andrew Marvell Page
From The San Antonio College LitWeb.

JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688)

·   International John Bunyan Society includes conference announcements.

·   Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (Christian Classics Ethereal Library).

·   The Holy War (Christian Classics Ethereal Library).

·   Pilgrim's Progress (Christian Classics Ethereal Library).


Cahiers Elisabethains

Early Modern Literary Studies 1500-1700

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies publishes a variety periodicals and scholarly works, including the journals Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. updated

Renaissance Forum: An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies (University of Hull) the site has a very useful links section: Renaissance Resources (Outbound Links)

Studies in Bibliography
Largely though not exclusively of Renaissance interest. Back issues FREE online - from The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia updated

Modern Philology

Computing in the Humanities Working Papers

Digital Libraries magazines devoted to the study of editing, early printed books and/or manuscripts:

Bibliographical Journals (now mothballed; last updated July 2003. It still Includes, though, useful links and indexes - a comprehensive list from the University of Oxford HoBo site (The site formerly known as "History of the Book @ Oxford") updated

Book History: the journal of The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP).

The Library updated (again...)

Gallica, the website sponsored by the Bibliothèque National de France, provides (so far) free full text access to:

Modern language notes 1896-1915
Modern philology 1904-1936
Philological quarterly 1922-1937
Studies in philology 1937
(Click on "Recherche" and insert the title of the periodical in the "Mots du titre" area.)

do not miss:

Internet Library of Early Journals
A growing collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century journals (including - FULL TEXT - the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Gentleman's Magazine, and Notes and Queries).




a) Archives

Institute of Historical Research
The home page of the London Historical Institute, with very useful sub-pages for bio-bibliographical research. See in particular:

Manuscript Sources for British History

Office Holders in Modern Britain
[NB: Early Modern and Modern]

Including the Calendars of State Papers and journals of the houses of Parliament NEW

ARCHON directory
The first and most complete source of information on manuscript sources for English History. The ARCHON Directory provides contact details for record offices, libraries and other record collecting institutions throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Now part of The National Register of Archives

The National Register of Archives (NRA)
The old London Public Record Office (PRO) and Historical Manuscript Commission (HMC) websites have been removed from the Internet. The content and catalogues from both websites have been transferred to this website.

British History Online
A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust. Do not miss its Primary Sources section.   updated

Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy
much more than what the modest title suggests: VERY useful links to sources and documents (State Papers, Probate Rolls and what not...)

Travel in Italy - documents, papers and bibliographies from the international research institute for travel based in Moncalieri, Italy.

The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive started to grow in late 1999 to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in its collections.

Records of Early English Drama - Patrons and Performances
Professional performers of all kinds in England and Wales toured to provincial towns, monasteries and private residences before 1642. The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project is discovering fresh evidence about medieval and renaissance entertainment for publication in volumes for all English, Scottish and Welsh counties. The REED Patrons and Performances Web Site is designed to include a wide range of data about professional performers on tour in the provinces – their patrons, the performance venues they used and the routes they took across the kingdom. new

b) Manuscripts and early printed books

A very selection of digital resources on manuscript studies, most of which freely available on the Internet. Originally compiled for the AHRC-funded course 'Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age'. A simple but very useful links page. NEW

Cappelli: Dizionario di abbreviature
A digital edition of the famous abbreviations dictionary – from the dept. of History of the University of Moscow. NEW

English Short Title Catalogue 1473-1800
The one and only ESTC, now FREE - from the British Library, London.

British Book Trade Index (BBTI)
an index of the names and brief biographical details and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales and who were trading by 1851. The National Library of Scotland maintains a separate Scottish Book Trade Index. Not super user-friendly, but amazingingly useful.

The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive
Over 2700 images and records, plus links to other watermark resources.

Manuscript sources for British history
This article tells you how to use manuscript sources for British History. It was written in 1995 by RJ Olney from the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

Resources for the History of Books and Printing
An excellent (and very big!) list of annotated links on book history.

Index Librorum Prohibitorum
Index of Prohibited Books from the Roman Office of the Inquisition, 1559

Literary Resources - Bibliography and History of the Book
Yet another good page from the Literary Resources collection.

The Digital Scriptorium
A growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. Great MSS mages from the Renaissance, including Petruccio Ubaldini's Seven Penitential Pslams.updated

The Atlas of Early Printing
An interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. It includes an animated view of the operation of an early wooden hand-press.

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP)
Provides access to a well-selected series of book-history sites. Its SHARP-L archives are searchable back through 1992.

Uncatalogued Manuscript Control Center
(formerly known as the Union Manuscript Computer Catalogue)
many important private collections listed in De Ricci's Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada and in Faye and Bond's Supplement have been dispersed and have passed into institutional libraries. This automated census will at once provide a corrected, updated, machine-readable census of manuscripts in American and Canadian libraries, as well as a flexible and expandable computer database. The site has been closed down, but a copy is still available via Archive.org updated

Some other useful links:

·         The Bibliographical Society (U.K.)

·         Bibliographical Society of America

·         Book Lovers: Rare Books

·         Library Exhibits on the Web

·         Rare Books and Special Collections

·         The Labyrinth: Manuscripts

·         Oxford Early Printed Books Project

·         Association of College and Research Libraries (USA) Rare Books and Manuscript Section

·         This site includes a very useful list of Latin Place Names

do not miss:

English Handwriting 1500-1700: An online course.
A great resource designed for students and scholars of early modern English letters, history, theology, and philosophy--for anyone whose research will embrace original English manuscript sources in this period. From the Cambridge CERES website.

An Introduction to Palaeography by Dave Postles, Marc Fitch Research Fellow, University of Leicester, England.

Scottish Handwriting
website providing online tuition in palaeography for historians, genealogists and other researchers in reading manuscript historical records written in Scotland (though the usefulness of the site is not limited to those reading Scottish sources) in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, with the emphasis on practical help to improve skills (Scottish Archives Network)

Transcription Marker  
useful selection of 17th-century documents for transcription practice (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters)

The Leeds Database of Manuscript English Verse
Contains detailed information on individual texts in 17th and 18th century manuscripts housed in the Leeds University Library. In progress, although already including more than 4,500 entries.

Bodleian Library: Broadside Ballads Project
The Bodleian Library has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections. The original printed materials range from the 16th- to the 20th-Century. The Broadside Ballads project makes the digitised copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.

The Perdita Project
originally, a collaborative project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board of the British Academy and Nottingham Trent University. which will produce a database guide to about 400 manuscript compilations in collections around the world. Now, unfortunately, not open-access any more...

The Reading Experience Database(RED)
RED was launched in 1996 at the UK Open University. Its mission is to accumulate as much data as possible about the reading experiences of readers of all nationalities in Britain and those of British subjects abroad from 1450 to 1945.

The Map of Early Modern London
interactive map of “the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century London”, with a wealth of supporting material (Janelle Jansted)

Early European Books
Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. NEW



Reference books

a) General Reference

BUBL General Reference
Internet Resources by Type - from the great BUBL LINK / 5:15 Catalogue of Internet Resources

Google Reference Directory
Perhaps too vast but comprehensive.

Ask a Librarian.
On-line Reference from the Library of Congress.

b) Encyclopedias, glossaries, biographical and technical dictionaries

The first free Encyclopaedia on the Web.

Britannica online
The world's best famous Encyclopaedia
Britannica.com lets users simultaneously search the Encyclopaedia Britannica, expert reviews of the Web's best sites, timely articles from leading magazines, and related books.

the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Biography.com Find more than 20,000 personalities of the past and of the present.

The WWW Virtual Library - Biographical Sources
Concise and very helpful list of sites, with descriptions of scope and publisher.

Biographical Sources Biographical links and tools - O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

A Handbook of Terms for Discussing Poetry
Compiled by "Harry Rusche and the students of English 205, 'Introduction to Poetry' at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia".

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
(1919 ed. - hypertextual version).

The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Based on the 1894 edition.

The Web Concordances
For the time being only Shelley, Keats, Hopkins, Coleridge and Wordsworth... but in progress and well worth a visit.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature:
An Encyclopaedia in Eighteen Volumes. This excellent free resource "comprises the largest public reference work of literary criticism and history on the Internet." Originally published in 1907-1921, the volumes include 303 chapters and more than 11,000 pages, edited and written by a worldwide panel of 171 leading scholars and thinkers of the early twentieth century. The online version features over 5,600 files, searchable by keyword and browseable by volume, chapter, and section.

Do not miss

Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME)
LEME searches and displays word-entries from monolingual English dictionaries, bilingual lexicons, technical vocabularies, and other encyclopedic-lexical works, 1480-1702

c) Dictionaries and corpora

Web of On-line Dictionaries
Dictionaries for (almost) any language, thesauri and what not...

WWWebster Dictionary
The Web version (for the time being, free of charge!) of one of the best mono-lingual dictionaries of the world.

British National Corpus (BNC)
A 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent a wide cross-section of current British English, both spoken and written.

The Oxford English Dictionary official Web page. Information and contacts.

Guide to Grammar and Writing
Sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation Hartford, Connecticut


d) Bibliographies

MLA On the Web
The Modern Language Association of America - info and contacts.

Iter: The Bibliography of Renaissance Europe (1300-1700) (University of Toronto).

see also"Miscellaneous"


e) The Middle Ages and The Renaissance

Sources for the Study of the Arthurian Legends
Bibliography and links

Ian's English Calendar
A nice and useful tool for dates: "converts between old and new style dates, calculates day of the week, British regnal years, and the date of Easter and other movable religious holidays" (Ian McInnes, Albion College)

Tudor London
From London Online, a website which has provided millions of London locals and visitors with news, reviews, entertainment, business listings and tourism

Off they go...


The Italian society for the study of English. Member of ESSE - European federation of national higher educational associations for the study of English.

ABELL Bibliography (Italy)
Instructions for Italian scholars, contacts, etc. etc....

UPenn: Call for Papers
Calls for papers on English and American Literature and Culture - by the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania All the Italian on-line library catalogues (OPACs) available on the Internet.

Bookshops and publishers
provides links to bookshops and publishers offering online catalogue and how-to-order information, listed in alphabetical order; a great page from HERO , the official gateway to universities, colleges and research organisations in the UK (formerly known as NISS Information Gateway).

Plurabelle Books
Cambridge antiquarian bookseller specializing in English and American Literature.
Links to catalogues - mostly USA and UK publishers.

A free resource to access Uk dissertations. The aim of EThOS is: to offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education; to support Higher Education Institutions through the transition from print to e-theses; to help UK Higher Education Institutions expand available content by digitising paper theses; to demonstrate the quality of UK research and help attract students and research investment into UK. NEW

UMI - University Microform International
Dissertations and out-of-print volumes on microfilm. Now at ProQuest.

Literature Online - Chadwyck-Healey
Including the new version of The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL).

Società Tolkieniana Italiana
The official website of the Italian Tolkien Society. Links to publications, conferences and events.

Doppia Laurea italo-francese in lingue e comunicazione
The homepage of the double degree course of Università della Valle d'Aosta - Faculty of Modern Languages  - have a look!!!


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