Online Texts

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Sites with E-Texts


The University of Adelaide Library’s collection of Web books, [including] classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and History. The site [aims] to provide access to the 'classic' works of civilisation into a format which readers might actually enjoy using" (from their website). Most books come from Project Gutenberg and are then reformatted.

Google Book Search

The site includes the Library Project, which aims to "make it easier for people to find relevant books – specifically, books they wouldn't find any other way such as those that are out of print – while carefully respecting authors' and publishers' copyrights. Our ultimate goal is to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages that helps users discover new books and publishers discover new readers" (from their website).

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook [aims] to provide and organize texts for use in classroom situations. Links to the larger online collections are provided for those who want to explore further [and] an increasing number of new etexts are available at this site. The Ancient History Sourcebook also includes links to visual and aural material, since art and archeology are far more important for the periods in question than for later history. The emphasis remains on access to primary source texts for educational purposes" (from their website). Hosted by Fordham University.

Internet Classics Archive

Housed on the MIT server, this archive offers "441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and 'reader's choice' Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation" (from their website).

Internet History Sourcebook Project

"The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use" (from their website). In addition to the main ancient, medieval, and modern collections, subsidiary historical collections are available on the following themes: Africa, East Asia, Global History, India, Islam, Judaism, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual /Trans History, History of Science, and Women. Housed by Fordham University.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook

The first of the Fordham University Sourcebooks, "The Medieval Sourcebook is both a classroom resource and the largest collection of online medieval texts" (from the Internet Ancient Sourcebook website).

Internet Modern Sourcebook

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures" (from their website). Hosted by Fordham University.

Online Books Page

"The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all" (from their website). Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Online Library of Liberty

"The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace ... in a variety of formats.... The Library also contains bibliographic information about the books as well as other 'metadata' about the authors and editors" (from their website). Hosted by the Liberty Fund.

ORB: Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies

"The ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students," including "New transcriptions and/or translations of important medieval texts that have not previously been accessible in print or electronic format" (from their website). Hosted by the College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Perseus Project

"The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities. Collaborators initially formed the project to construct a large, heterogeneous collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world.... The project has expanded into other areas of the humanities, [including] literary and historical collections ranging from the English Renaissance to the American Civil War, and ... resources in Latin, Italian, and Arabic" (from their website). Hosted by Tufts University.

Project Gutenberg

"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today" (from their website).


Plato, Reason and Persuasion: Three Dialogues by Plato - Meno, Euthyphro, and Republic, Book I, ed. John Holbo, trans. Belle Waring.

Free, online copy of an edition to be published in book form by Pearson Asia. Available in a readable Flash-based form from, produced by a philosophy professor at the National University of Singapore and his wife, a trained classist and translator.
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