Electronic Texts, Arranged By Collection


Includes listings of outstanding public collections as well as resources licensed for Columbia affiliates only.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.

  • Accessible Archives
    Searchable collection of U.S. history resources, including the Pennsylvania Gazette, the Civil War coverage of three newspapers, Godey's Lady's Book, a group of African-American and abolitionist newspapers, and selections from several 19th century Delaware Valley newspapers.
  • Acta Sanctorum
    The database contains the complete Acta sanctorum, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. It comprises the works published over a period of three hundred years by the societe de Bollandistes and includes materials on the lives of the saints from the beginning of the Christian era to the end of the sixteenth century.
  • Ad Fontes: Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts
    A growing collection of "seminal works of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras" in original languages, with searchable text and page images.
  • American Memory Project
    Historical collections for the National Digital Library from the print and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress, some with searchable electronic text, others with page images.
  • APIS: Advanced Papyrological Information System
    APIS links together in a single environment various sources of information about texts written on papyrus and the society that produced them. It contains descriptions of the papyri and other written materials in the collections of the participating institutions, digital images of many of these texts, and connections to databases with the texts themselves in their original languages and with bibliography about the texts. Many of the descriptions include full translations into English.
  • Art Theorists of the Italian Renaissance
    A collection of treatises on art and architecture printed and published between 1470 to 1775, structured around the two Italian editions of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists.
  • ARTFL Database of French Language and Literature
    Approximately 2000 French-language literary, religious, philosophical, political and scientific works from the 17th to 20th centuries.
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
    Working papers, conference proceedings, journals, books, a schedule of events, and links and resources.
  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
    Poems, poem quotations, and citations for poems in anthologies.
  • Declassified Documents Reference System - U.S.
    Full text of declassified U.S. government documents.
  • Dissertation Abstracts (Digital Dissertations)
    Includes free downloadable full text of Columbia dissertations from 1997 to the present.
  • Dictionary of Old English Old English Corpus
    An online database containing at least one copy of every extant Old English text.
  • Duke Databank of Papyri
    "[A]n electronic corpus of all Greek and Latin texts found on papyri, ostraca, or wooden tablets which have been published in discrete volumes or in series .. representing over 5,000,000 words and nearly 500 volumes."
  • Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800)
    Full-text and full-image of works printed in America from 1639-1800.
  • Early American Imprints, Series II. Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)
    Provides full-text access to 36,000 American books pamphlets, broadsides, and other print genres published 1801-1819. This is a full digitization of the microform set Early American Imprints, Series II, 1801-1819, which was itself based on the American Bibliography of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.
  • Early American Newspapers (1690-1876)
    A digitized collection of colonial, early national period, and 19th-century newspapers, focusing on titles listed in Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers (1690-1820). Reproduces newspapers from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society and numerous other institutions and historical societies.
  • Early English Books Online
    Page images of virtually all of the books published in English or in Great Britain and its colonies prior to 1700. Items may be searched using the information contained in the English Short-Title Catalog.
  • Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership
    Searchable text of a growing subset of the materials included in Early English Books Online.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    Full-text collection of British and American imprints, 1701-1800.
  • The Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945
    Collection of full-text primary resources relating to the history of women.
  • International Documentation Network on the Great African Lakes Region
    Full-text documents on Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) since 1990; with a section on Internet resources.
  • Harpweek
    Page images of Harper's Weekly for the period of the Civil War. Detailed searchable subject index.
  • Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) Collection of Ethnography
    Full-text materials on the world's cultures.
  • Joint Electronic Library
    Publications from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Koryosa
    Searchable full-text database of Koryo dynasty history in Korean translation and in the classical Chinese-language original.
  • LION: Literature Online (Chadwyck Healey)
    (If main link is connecting slowly, try this alternative means of access.) Gateway to several comprehensive English literature collections (African American Poetry, American Drama, American Poetry, The Bible in English, Early American Fiction, Early English Fiction, Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare, Eighteenth-Century Prose Fiction, English Drama, and English Poetry), searchable both separately and together.   Two parts of the collection are also available, with slightly fuller coverage, in local, Columbia versions: English Poetry and English Verse Drama.
  • Making of America (Cornell University site)
    Searchable full-text of thousands of pages of text from U.S. books and periodicals of the late 19th and early 20th-century, with a greater emphasis on periodical literature.
  • Making of America (University of Michigan site)
    Searchable full-text of thousands of pages of text from U.S. books and periodicals of the late 19th and early 20th-century.
  • Middle English Compendium
    A searchable database of Middle English texts, along with lexicographic and bibliographic tools for the study of Middle English.
  • NetLibrary
    A collection of over 10,000 online books in full-text from university and commercial publishers.
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial-1950
    Includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.
  • Nurimedia Korean Studies DB Series
    Full-text collection of Korean classical books on history from early to 14th century (Three Kingdom to Koryo Dynasty), Tripitaka Koreana and Yi Kyu-bo's literary works. Databases both in Korean translation and in the classical Chinese-language original.
  • Past Masters (Intelex)
    Online texts in Philosophy.
  • Patrologia Latina
    An electronic edition of Migne's Patrologia Latina, probably the largest single collection of Latin ecclesiastical authors, covering the period from the third to thirteenth centuries.
  • Perseus Project
    A collection Greek and Latin Classical authors, with parallel English translations and a variety of text analysis tools.
  • Romanciers rĂ©alistes et naturalistes
    Nearly three hundred entire works of 19th century France's great novelists, such as Balzac and Zola, as well as works by lesser known novelists, such as Duranty and Cladel.
  • Teatro Espanol del Siglo de Oro
    Full-text of more than 800 plays written by 16 dramatists from 16th and 17th century Spain.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
    Full-text of the surviving texts of Greek literature from the Homeric age to the middle ages. New online interface. (Note: users need to create an individual online id and password to be able to access the database.
  • University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center
    One of the best and most authoritative collections of publicly available, searchable electronic texts, with holdings in various languages.
  • Women Writers Online
    A full-text collection of writings by English and American women writing from the 16th through early 19th centuries.