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English and American Literature

A resource guide for the study of English and American Literature.

Finding sources in digital collections

NYU subscribes to a large number of databases that offer digital primary source collections and other related content. This section is an ongoing list of digital collections that are especially relevant for literary study, broken down into two subsections for NYU subscription digital collections and open access digital collections. These collections cover many time periods and include digitized text and images, scholarly commentary, bibliographic information, and much more. If you're looking for online versions of literary texts, or images of historic books and newspapers, start here!

(If you're looking for journal articles on English and American literature, try the Finding Articles via databases section of this guide.)

Digital humanities research: what is it and how can I do it?

Digital humanities (also known as humanities computing) is an umbrella term for a wide range of computer-assisted approaches and methods in humanities research, from text analysis to data mining to geospatial projects. The NYU Libraries' Digital Scholarship Services department can assist with planning digital humanities projects. The Digital Humanities at New York University website is a clearinghouse for digital humanities activity at NYU, including links to relevant courses, grants, scholarships, people, and projects.

For more information, see the CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide, especially the Defining the Digital Humanities page, or the "What is digital Humanities?" discussion at Digital Humanities Questions and Answers, a project by the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Examples of some large-scale digital humanities projects can be found on the "Digital Collections and Digital Humanities Projects (open access)" subsection of this guide.

There are many scholars interested in the digital humanities in the greater New York area, and the NYCDH (New York City Digital Humanities) online community is one place to get to know them.