Some Interesting Links

English Literature:

Anglistik Guide is an Internet-based subject gateway to scholarly relevant Internet resources on Anglo-American language and literature. The guide is part of the Literature section in the Virtual Library of Anglo-American Culture. The guide is located at the State and University Library at Göttingen. Resources are described and evaluated with a large set of metadata. New resources are continuously added to the database, already catalogued ones regularly double-checked and updated. Anglistik Guide was originally developed as the Anglo-American Literature Guide within a broader project funded by the German Research Council (DFG).

Connotations wants to encourage scholarly communication in the field of English Literature (from the Middle English period to the present). It is an international, refereed journal which focuses on the semantic and stylistic energy of the language of literature in a historical perspective and aims to represent different approaches.
The website provides a list of contents of all published volumes as well as a section with selected debates and a number of articles which are available online and free of charge.

Literary History is an index to literary criticism on the internet, covering more than 250 English and American authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The links lead directly to articles, not to another list of links, and according to the homepage of Literary History all links are screened by a literary scholar and must meet minimum academic standards to be included.

This site combines three sites first created in 1996 to provide a starting point for students and enthusiasts of English Literature. Luminarium is designed by Anniina Jokinen and the site is not affiliated with any institution. The Norton Anthology of English Literature , Sixth Edition , has been the main authority consulted for accuracy of dates and details. Luminarium is an all-encompassing site which assists in finding study materials online – especially for Middle English and Renaissance literature. The site is a multimedia experience attempting to visualize the periods and authors with small illustrations and tidbits about the background of the author or his work. Luminarium gives access to the life and works of individual authors and furthermore offers some interesting essays and articles on specific topics as well as links to individual sources.

Sonnet Central is an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work which is organized by Eric Blomquist. Sonnets are grouped by period and can also be accessed quickly via an alphabetical list of authors. All of the sonnets included on the website (as well as most of those that are linked) are modernized texts for the general reader and are not presented for purposes of scholarly work. One can submit his or her own sonnets to be displayed at the website Sonnet Central and in change read sonnets in the forum. Sonnet Central has been featured in Choice magazine and also at, the BBC Education Web Guide and

This set of pages is a collection of links to sites on the Internet dealing especially with English and American literature. One can choose from categories such as Medieval, Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature. Jack Lynch coordinates the web pages: he is Associate Professor in the English department of the Newark campus of Rutgers University. is a site which offers the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature. Fiction from authors like Lewis Carroll, the Bronte sisters (Anne, Charlotte and Emily), Jack London, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and many others, and classic scientific works from Charles Darwin and Rene Descartes. The search engine is based on a comprehensive author index.

This site offers a selection of almost 6500 full-text works by more than 350 authors. The site claims that all titles are available in the public domain. They also ask for suggestions for further texts and say they will try to make them available “if copyright laws permit.”

A very comprehensive and helpful data base, available to members of the University of Tuebingen. To gain access you must either use a University computer or be logged in via the VPN-Client of the ZDV.

This set of pages is devoted to supporting the reading, study, and discussion of the words of Edmund Spenser. It aims to serve the needs of the scholar, of the student, and of the interested passer-by, offering resources and links of various level of specialization. The biography, texts, and certain of the links are aimed at those new to or relatively unfamiliar with Spenser and his works. The <a
href=”” target=”_blank”>bibliography is essentially a student’s tool, though the “what’s new” section might help even senior scholars keep track of relevant publications in Spenser studies. The Spenser Homepage also hosts the pages of the journal Spenser Studies, an annual scholarly journal dedicated to the study of Spenser’s poetry and of English Renaissance verse more generally. The Edmund Spenser Homepage is currently based at the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Andrew Zurcher, the site editor, teaches at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Online Dictionaries and Online Grammars

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. You’ll still find the present-day meanings of words in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books. The online version of the OED is available free of charge to members of the University of Tuebingen. To gain access you must either use a University computer or be logged in via the VPN-Client of the ZDV.

Auf findet sich ein umfangreiches Nachschlagewerk, zusammengestellt aus 28 Online-Wörterbüchern. Dazu gehören auch zehn deutschsprachige Wörterbücher, u.a. auch ein Englisch-Deutsch Wörterbuch. Alle Wörterbücher sind kostenlos. Neben den üblichen zusätzlichen Funktionen wie Grammatik, Aussprache usw. zeigt diese Sprachportal auch Beispielsätzen an, um so den Kontext zu geben und die Suche nach der richtigen Übersetzung zu erleichtern.

LEO (“Link Everything Online”) is an online service provided by the department of informatics at Munich University of Technology. The website allows you access to a German-English online dictionary with more than 200.000 word records, a French-German online dictionary, as well as a vocabulary trainer and forums (for the discussion of translation problems, etc.). The online-dictionaries work in almost all MS Windows applications with a click of your mouse or a previously defined hotkey.

This online service provided by Chemnitz University of Technology contains 181,000 word records. You can either translate a German or English term or expression into the other language, or retrieve entries from monolingual dictionaries. Additionally, lists are provided which contain relevant terms for specific subject areas in both languages.

This free online dictionary contains 127,070 word records. It translates German-English reference requests in both directions.

This dictionary provides a number of languages. Translations are possible for: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Japanese and Korean. In addition, there is also an audiofile so that you can listen to the respective word’s pronunciation.

This free online service provides a reference mainly for English grammar. Via the table of contents you can retrieve grammatical rules as well as examplary sentences.

The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar. Via the table of contents, you can search for specific grammatical rules and do practical exercises. To use this site, however, you will need to have Javascript enabled in your browser.