The Library subscribes to well over 500,000 electronic books in many subjects. Most are available in large collections which can be searched through the publisher's interface; all are individually cataloged in JOSIAH (search for titles below). In addition to the collections to which the Library subscribes, several publically available e-book collections are listed.
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African Writers Series
For over 40 years, Heinemann's African Writers Series has published the key texts of modern African literature. It has a unique importance in the history of postcolonial writing. Release Seven of this online edition includes over 230 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p'Bitek and Tayeb Salih.
1850-present; when complete, Black Drama will contain the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 100 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. Nearly a quarter of the collection will consist of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Femi Euba, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.
1994-present; easily accessible and flexible wealth of information on the literary, historical and cultural context of Boccaccio's Decameron. [This resource is publicly available.]
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Text Creation Project
Fully searchable electronic texts of 40,000 of the 100,000+ titles in Early English Books Online (EEBO) are being made available through this Text Creation Partnership. These editions are presented in a modern format that can be accessed by topic, by date, by type of material, and various other parameters for both instructional and research purposes.
Electronic Text Center
The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia was established in 1992 for the purpose of creating an on-line archive of standards-based texts and images in the humanities. Many of the Center's collections are publicly accessible and include classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, and the Bible. [This resource is publicly available.]
Internet Public Library: Online Texts
A listing of websites offering online texts. [This resource is publicly available.]
Oxford Text Archive
The OTA works closely with members of the Arts and Humanities academic community to collect, catalogue, and preserve high-quality electronic texts for research and teaching. The OTA currently distributes more than 2500 resources in over 25 different languages. [This resource is publicly available.]
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books. [This resource is publicly available.]
Deep Searching of eBooks with InfoGate
In addition to using Josiah for known items (author/title) and for LC Subject Heading searching, there are other ways to search deeply into some subscribed ebooks and many free ebooks: Google Book, Internet Archive, and Project Gutenberg searching and linking can be performed within these options.
- Enhanced searching of full text (chapters, indexes, and Table-of-Contents) -- use subject QuickSets and general QuickSet.
QuickSets are found at: http://sfx.brown.edu:8331/V?func=quick-1
Good for very specific searching, and discovering detailed portions of larger general works. Searches across aggregated full-text services (e.g. Early English Books, engineering handbooks, etc).
Not as good for general subject discovery ... see Josiah for controlled vocabulary and broad subject headings ... and to discover LC call number ranges for browsing the physical book stacks.
- Seamless federated searching of Josiah and fulltext ebooks
The QuickSets above offer one-stop searching of both Josiah and deep fulltext searching. This allows for both keywords within online texts and controlled subject headings within library subject catalogs. The less sophisticated search interface does not offer the best of either service, but it provides a good compromise for starting research. This will often lead researchers to more powerful native mode searching in various platforms.