Prof. Dr. Holger Kersten
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik


Online Resources for Bibliographic Research:
Fulltext Databases

A Selection


Online Texts on the Web

There is as yet no comprehensive catalog or listing of Web-accessible digitized collections of primary sources. There are several incomplete catalogs or listings, but no one authoritative source. Still, a few resources to search are the following:

  Ausgewählte Materialien für Literatur- und Kulturstudien (USA)
  Fine literature digitally republished. – Project Gutenberg makes available to the general public information, books and other materials in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.
  The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.


  The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
  This site is dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of educational material.
Contains the following:
• University of California Digital Collections:100s of websites from University of California campuses and institutions:
• Archival Images and Documents: 70,000 images (photos, paintings, drawings), 100s of diaries, interviews, and letters
• Statistics about California: 1,000s of statistics on California’s businesses, economy, people, housing, and more
• eBooks: 100s of eBooks on topics ranging from early Pacific explorations to Hollywood’s influence on society
  Chronicling America enhances access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
  The California Digital Newspaper Collection offers over 150,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-1911 freely available to the public. Current newspapers available include the Alta California (1849-1889); the San Francisco Call (1900-1910); the Amador Ledger (1900-1911); the Imperial Valley Press (1901-1911); and the Los Angeles Herald (1905-1907).
  Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1920 and includes publications from all regions of New Zealand.
  Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954
  Version vom 30.08.2018