Universal library for personal use

Universal Library    by fravia+, Svd & Piero
Updated: July 2006

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Et ab hic et ab hoc
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De re orientalia



The Web is truly bottomless! Here a list of useful and interesting places for books lovers. This "Universal Library for Personal use" is an ongoing project, and readers are encouraged to contribute, suggest and correct links.

Some of the following links are at the same time very important basic tools for searchers, and are therefore listed with many details and ad hoc explanations in our books section as well. Some other are true hidden gems, that you should by all means peruse slowly, sipping a good wine, when the twilight comes.

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http://www.readprint.com/: Our website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.

http://www.gutenberg.org/: There are 17,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. (See also Corrections/Addenda)

http://www.bibliomania.com/: Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts

http://netlibrary.net/WorldHome.html Warning: Commercial!, use only to get angles for further searches

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/: Upenn.edu, Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web

http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hum60.60.00/: The Internet Public Libarry, Literature ╗ Online Texts

http://www.bartleby.com/: Warning: Commercial!. But some of the books published at Bartleby can be downloaded for free.

http://www.literature.org/: An Online Library of Literature. Read. Learn. Think.

http://www.loc.gov/: The Library of Congress serves as the research arm of the US-Congress.

http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/: The Oxford Text Archive hosts AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics.

http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html: British Columbia digital library: The focus of this set of links is on collections of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries, archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives.

http://www.online-literature.com/: Welcome to The Literature Network. We offer searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast.

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks/ebooklist.html: Over 2,100 publicly-available ebooks from the University of Virginia Library's Etext Center, including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and much more.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/: Farlex's Free library

http://www.theses.org/: electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)

http://www.vlib.org/: Virtual Library of PUBLISHED SUBJECT INDICATORS

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/: The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE builds digital collections and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide.

http://www.icdlbooks.org/library/basic/index.html: The International Children's Digital Library Ś a public library for the world's children.

http://plagiarist.com/poetry/poets/: Poetry. Very slow site, full of popups crap

Et ab hic et ab hoc

http://un2sg4.unige.ch/athena/html/fran_fr.html: Textes d'auteurs d'expression franšaise

http://www.intratext.com/: Full-text Digital Library committed to accuracy, accessibility and usability, offering texts and corpora as lexical hypertexts

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook2.html: Internet Medieval Sourcebook

http://pomoerium.com/links.htm: classics resources

http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti: SCETI, a fully integrated digital library, was created in 1996 to publish virtual facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library's collections.

http://dsal.uchicago.edu/index.html: Digital South Asia Library

http://www.fiu.edu/~mirandas/cardinals.htm: The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church

http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/: (Britannica, eleventh edition)

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/: The Catholic Encyclopedia

http://plato.stanford.edu/: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/cornwall_business_systems/index.htm: A Smaller Classical Dictionary of Biography, Mythology and Geography

http://lexicorient.com/e.o/index.htm: The Encyclopaedia of the Orient is a one-stop online resource which covers all countries and cultures between Mauritania in the west and Iran in the east, Turkey in the north and Sudan in the south.

http://astronomy.nju.edu.cn/twkp/astrobook/Oth_Historical.html: Astronomical Books Online

http://www.biblegateway.com/: "Enter the Bible passage (e.g. John 3:16), keyword (e.g. Jesus, prophet, etc.) or topic (e.g. salvation) you want to find"

http://www.questia.com/Index.jsp: Questia, Your Online Library for Research. Search over 60,000 Scholarly Books and 1,000,000 Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles.


http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/index.html: the latin library, latin

http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/neo.html: the latin library, neo-latin

http://www.forumromanum.org/literature/authors_a.html: Corpus scriptorum latinorum

http://www.fh-augsburg.de/~harsch/a_chron.html#latmed: BIBLIOTHECA AUGUSTANA (Bibliotheca Latina scriptorum latinorum collectio)

http://www.corpusthomisticum.org/iopera.html: CORPUS THOMISTICUM S. THOMAE DE AQUINO OPERA OMNIA

http://www.textkit.com/: Textkit is the Internet's largest provider of free and fully downloadable Greek and Latin grammars and readers. With currently 146 free books to choose from.

http://www.molfettanet.com/tradizioni/pesi_e_misure.htm: Pesi e misure nell'antichitÓ (Italian)

http://www.ancientlibrary.com/wcd/: The wiki classical dictionary at ancientlibrary (currently down :-(

De re orientalia

http://omphaloskepsis.com/collection/index.html: Omphaloskepsis
Omphaloskepsis provides free access to important works of eastern literature in digital format.

Attar, Farid al-Din, Baha'u'llah (Mirza Husein Ali Nuri), Ferdowsi (Hakim Abul Ghasem Ferdowsi Tousi), Herodotus, Jami, Rumi, Mevlana Jalaluddin, Sa'di (Muslihuddin Sa'di Shirazi), Shawni (Da'ud Ibn Ibrahim al-Shawni)...


One thing off the top of my head though is gutenberg australia.
Everybody knows the "standard gutenberg" but not many know that the aussie one has stuff that is still copyrighted underneath the US 75 years cage (or whatever überlenght they managed to impose these days... they keep changing it).
As the oz law is just 50 years max.
So 1984 and the like is on the .au servers :)

Also from the top of my head is perseus
which fits into both sections as it has English and Classical languages.
They carry a lot of stuff not on other servers, unfortunately a lot of it is only accessible to users that attend the University, but the public section is still good.


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