DigLitWeb: Digital Literature Web


Hunting of the Snark (Fig 2)  

C de Centros Esta página web identifica instituições pioneiras na aplicação da tecnologia digital às Humanidades,  destacando projectos de criação de bibliotecas públicas digitais e centros dedicados à concepção e produção de edições e arquivos electrónicos.

C for Centres This webpage identifies institutions engaged in digital humanities, with an emphasis on digital public libraries and also on centres committed to the design and production of electronic editions and archives.


NB: Excepto quando houver outra indicação, os textos de apresentação de cada centro pertencem aos responsáveis dos projectos e foram transcritos da página de apresentação respectiva no sítio web.

NB: Unless otherwise indicated, annotations on the selected centres belong to their respective editors and authors, and they have been transcribed from the self-presentation of their mission in the website.



Biblioteca Nacional Digital  [2002-presente]


Portuguese National Library, Lisbon


A Biblioteca Nacional Digital é um projecto lançado pela Biblioteca Nacional, no sentido de estruturar um conjunto de instrumentos e de operações facultadas pelas chamadas tecnologias da informação e da comunicação. Recorrendo a edições digitais e a documentos digitalizados, a Biblioteca Nacional Digital procura cumprir, de forma complementar, as funções legais e institucionais próprias de uma biblioteca nacional, enquanto instituição patrimonial; nesse sentido, a Biblioteca Nacional Digital contemplará documentos de diversa natureza: livros, manuscritos, mapas, gravuras, etc.



Center for Digital Research in the Humanities [2005-present]


University of Nebraska–Lincoln


The Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) is a joint initiative of the University Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences. The Center advances interdisciplinary research in the humanities by creating unique digital content, developing tools to assist scholars in text analysis and visualization, and encouraging the use (and refinement) of international standards for humanities computing. CDRH offers forums, workshops, and research fellowships for faculty and students in the area of digital scholarship. Though the primary responsibility of the Center is to work with humanists, the CDRH will provide advice to faculty in the social sciences and sciences engaged in interdisciplinary projects that may cross over into the humanities.



California Digital Library [1997-present]




Established in 1997, the California Digital Library has a wholly digital charter and two complementary but distinct roles.  As an arm of systemwide library planning, CDL supports the University of California libraries in their mission of providing access to the world’s knowledge for the UC campuses and the communities they serve.  In so doing, it directly supports UC’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. The CDL also maintains its own distinctive programs emphasizing the development and management of digital collections, innovation in scholarly publishing, and the long-term preservation of digital information.



Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH)


Kings College, London


CCH is an international leader in the application of technology in research in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. It is in the School of Humanities, and operates on a collaborative basis across discipline, institutional and national boundaries: it has collaborative relationships across King’s College and with a large number of institutions and bodies in the UK and internationally. CCH has 11 established staff, and more than 20 contract staff working on research projects. It has generated over £13 million in research grants over the past 5 years, and is involved in more than 20 major research projects, with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. CCH is responsible for the MA programmes in Digital Culture and Technology, and Digital Humanities; it also runs an undergraduate Digital Humanities programme.



Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research [1997-present]


Cardiff University


The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) was established in October 1997 as an interdisciplinary unit based in the English Literature section. Its aim is to combine traditional scholarly skills with modern technological methodologies in order to investigate various aspects of the history of the book and material cultures. The interests of members of the Centre range from Medieval Studies to postmodern aesthetics, and they have employed both academic and digital resources while working on a number of significant editorial and bibliographcial projects, including the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 3rd edn, the New Dictionary of National Biography, editions of Walter Scott and James Hogg, and online bilbliographic databases.

Over the past ten years, CEIR has developed a number of online resources focusing principally on nineteenth-century literature, among them a database of fiction 1800–29, a bibliography of the novel 1830–36, a database of mid-Victorian wood engravings and the digitisation of texts, and the electronic collation of variant editions. More recently, the Centre has linked up with the Wales–Ireland project in the School. CEIR also hosts two online journals: Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780–1840 and the Journal of Illustration Studies (JOIS).


Center for Computer Games Research [2003-present]


University of Copenhagen


The Center for Games Research Group was formally established in 2003, building on ongoing work in the area at the ITU since its founding in 1999. Since its founding, the Center has hosted a number of conferences, workshops and seminars focusing on Game Research. In 2005 we established the Media Technology and Games programme dedicated to the study of games at Masters level.

We are a multi-disciplinary research group with backgrounds from the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Computer Sciences. We do basic and applied research, approaching games from a variety of perspectives.


Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies [2001-present]


Institute of English Studies, University of London


The Centre was founded in 2001 as a partnership, hosted by the Institute of English Studies on behalf of the British Library, the St Bride Printing Library, the University of London Research Library Services, the English Department at the University of Birmingham, the School of English at the University of Reading, and the Literature Department at the Open University. We are pleased to announce that the Shakespeare Institute and the Centre for Textual Studies (De Montfort University) have recently joined this partnership. The Centre's various fields of study include Palaeography, Codicology, Diplomatic and Calligraphy; History of Printing; Manuscript and Print Relations; History of Publishing and the Book Trade; Ephemera Studies; History of Reading; History of Libraries, Collecting and Scholarship; Analytical, Descriptive and Historical Bibliography; Textual Criticism and Textual Theory; and The Electronic Book.


Centre for Textual Scholarship [2006-present]


Humanities Faculty, De Monfort University, Leicester


The Centre for Textual Scholarship was established in 2006. It succeeds the Centre for Technology and the Arts, which focused on electronic editions and music technology under the direction of Peter Robinson and Andy Hugill, respectively. Hugill and music technology have moved on the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Center and Robinson and electronic editing has moved on to the Institute for Textual Studies and Electronic Editing. Under the direction of Peter Robinson, the CTA conducted major research and publication projects:

The CTS acknowledges the important role of textual scholarship in the creation of print scholarly editions, electronic scholarly editions, and the role of collectors and libraries in creating archives of manuscript and printed matter and in creating electronic access to these materials. Traditionally these kinds of activities have been designed in proprietary ways, to be used as the creators have intended them to be used. The CTS is committed to promoting an atmosphere of scholarship that creates and makes access to primary materials in environments that encourage users to invent their own uses and purposes relative to them. On the one hand, it seeks to preserve and maintain the materials of knowledge production; and, on the other, it seeks methods of presentation that provide the materials and received knowledge in ways that encourage the creation of new knowledge.



Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities [1991-present]


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) was established by Rutgers and Princeton Universities in October 1991. CETH provides a national focus for those involved in the creation, dissemination and use of electronic texts in the humanities. CETH's mission is to advance scholarship in the humanities through the use of high-quality electronic texts. To this end, CETH is now cataloguing on RLIN existing electronic texts for the Rutgers Inventory of Machine-Readable Texts in the Humanities. CETH also evaluates SGML software for high quality TEI-conformant electronic texts and builds test-beds for research on their use and users. In addition, CETH sponsors the CETH Summer Seminar to focus on practical and methodological issues in humanities computing, attracting teachers, scholars and librarians interested in humanities computing from around the world.



Centro de Estudos sobre Texto Informático e Ciberliteratura


Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto


O Centro de Estudos sobre Texto Informático e Ciberliteratura (CETIC) propõe-se, enquanto unidade de investigação transdisciplinar centrada na Literatura Gerada por Computador (LGC), laborar teoricamente no domínio da multidiscursividade ligada ao advento das novas tecnologias, bem como investir criativamente nos novos paradigmas textuais daí emergentes: texto virtual, literatura generativa, geração automática de texto, poesia animada por computador e hiperficção.



Cultural Informatics Research Centre for the Arts and Humanities


University College London


The CIRCAh research group is part of UCL Department of Information Studies and undertakes research on the application of computing and digital technologies to the arts and humanities. CIRCAh brings together expertise in digital humanities, user studies, digital libraries, human computer interaction and e-Science. Our location within DIS also allows for collaboration with with colleagues in library and archive studies. This association is vital in the study of cultural informatics, since libraries and archives and museums will be the future repositories for digital information. Thus they have a vital role to play in the understanding of such materials.



Center for Literary Computing [1991-present]


West Virginia University

The Center for Literary Computing (CLC) rethinks literary studies for the digital age, developing interdisciplinary research projects in the poetics of new media and the media ecology of literary institutions, using web technologies, multimedia, hypertext, audio/video, and virtual environments. As a special unit within the WVU English Department, the CLC provides consulting, outreach, and support for innovations in humanities scholarship. Literary computing draws attention to the forms and poetics of all media, offering a new focus on the nature of literary texts. Founded in 1991 by Patrick Conner, the CLC continues to grow under the direction of Sandy Baldwin, with the support of the Department of English and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.



Centre for Manuscript Genetics [2001-present]


University of Antwerp


The Centre's research focus is the study of modern manuscripts and writing processes, especially comparative genetic criticism and research into  twentieth-century manuscripts by authors such as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Charles Darwin, Willem Elsschot. Between the different editorial traditions in Europe, the CMG tries to play an intermediary role as a board member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Germanistische Edition and of the European Society for Textual Scholarship  (ESTS), whose aim is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the theory and practice of textual scholarship and manuscript genetics in Europe.


CTSDH [2009-present]

Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities


Directors: Steven Jones and George K. Thiruvathukal

Loyolla University Chicago


A collaborative multidisciplinary effort in the College of Arts and Sciences led by the Departments of English and Computer Science, the CTSDH supports research across the humanities, as well as in computer science, the School of Communication, the social sciences, law, and University Libraries. The Center developed out of the English department's area of excellence in textual studies and digital humanities, spearheaded by Peter Shillingsburg, Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies. In addition to supporting research projects, the CTSDH sponsors conferences, symposia, and lectures, and offers undergraduate and graduate students the chance to work with faculty on advanced research, and to take courses in and pursue research of their own in the interdisciplinary areas of textual studies and digital humanities. Beginning in fall 2011, the CTSDH will offer a professional M.A. degree in Digital Humanities.



Electronic Text Center [1992-2007]


University of Virginia Library


Founded in 1992, the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library fostered innovation through technology and set an early precedent for the creation and use of digital materials by scholars in the humanities. Throughout its fifteen-year existence, the Electronic Text Center (known locally as "Etext") pursued a simple, forward-looking goal: to build and maintain an Internet- accessible collection of documents central to teaching and research in the humanities, and to nurture a user community adept at the creation and scholarly use of these materials.

Originally conceptualized by Deputy University Librarian Kendon Stubbs and led by David Seaman, the Etext Center rapidly became not only one of the first and best-loved digital repositories of our shared cultural record, but also the home of impressive new scholarly output. Faculty projects, such as Prof. Stephen Railton's "Mark Twain in his Times" and Prof. Ben Ray's "Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project," shaped new practices in digital research and pedagogy. Digitized content of important scholarly journals such as "Studies in Bibliography" reached new audiences. The scores of staff members and graduate students employed by the Etext Center also gained valuable technical and analytical skills during their tenure, and many are now important scholars at the vanguard of digital humanities.



Electronic Textual Cultures Lab [2005-present]


University of Victoria, Canada


At the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory we conduct original research, develop new ways of disseminating information, and foster the innovative adaptation of existing tools. Our cross-disciplinary work in the areas of data-harvesting, textual content analysis, and document encoding puts us at the forefront of a global conversation about the future of communication.


Human-Computer Interaction Lab [1983-present]


University of Maryland

Director: Allison Druin

The Human-Computer Interaction lab has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching. We believe it is critical to understand how the needs and dreams of people can be reflected in our future technologies. To this end, the HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Our primary activities include collaborative research, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops and symposiums.



Humanities Text Initiative [1994-present]


University of Michigan Library


The Humanities Text Initiative, a unit of the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Service, has provided online access to full text resources since 1994. The Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) is an umbrella organization for the creation, delivery, and maintenance of electronic texts, as well as a mechanism for furthering the library community's capabilities in the area of online text.

The HTI collaborates with the other units of the University of Michigan library to select texts for conversion, create metadata to describe the electronic text and the source document, and deliver the material via the World Wide Web. The HTI also has partnered with a number of other groups and institutions to create and deliver electronic resources including an online journal of book reviews, a catalog of electronic texts available via the Internet, and a linguistics database, as well as the more familiar collections of poetry and prose.



Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities [1992-present]


University of Virginia


The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities was established by the University of Virginia in1992 to provide researchers in the arts and humanities with an opportunity to employ sophisticated technical support and advanced computer technology in the service of their scholarship. IATH maintains dozens of Windows and Macintosh computers in a separate subdomain of the University's network. IATH also supports and maintains a wide array of software, including XML editing and publishing software, imaging, rendering, and 3D modeling software, an anonymous ftp site, internet servers and servlet engines, and e-mail discussion groups.


Internet Archive

Universal Access to Human Knowledge [1996-present]



The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.



The Internet Public Library [1995-present]


University of Michigan


Statement of Principles

The Internet Public Library Project seeks to challenge and redefine the roles and significance of libraries in an increasingly distributed and digital world. Libraries have always been places of learning and excitement, opening new worlds of information, enlightenment and entertainment to all who enter. Libraries and the people who work in them are committed to democracy and equality of access, the dignity of their patrons, and the freedom to express and investigate all points of view.

This is a noble and honorable professional mission. Technologies have always permitted libraries to accomplish their aims more effectively. The rise of libraries as we know them today is due in large part to the explosion in volume and diversity of printed and recorded matter. Simultaneously, however, each new medium brings with it difficulties and change. The technologies of global internetworking present yet another set of challenges and opportunities to the library community.

Our project has a twofold educational mission:

First, and foremost, the planning, development, design, and thinking about the Library serves as an opportunity for its members to learn--about users, about technologies, about management--in short, about all the issues motivated by the translation of the library perspective into a networked environment. Further, we hope that by conveying our experiences, we can help others to share in our lessons.

Second, the Library itself exists to

The members of the Library affirm the following:

We will work to provide service of the highest quality possible to our community of users.

We will uphold the highest standards of professionalism, including commitments to equality of access, and intellectual freedom. In particular, we endorse the principles of the Library Bill of Rights, appended below.

We will strive for creativity and originality in all our work, within appropriate constraints.

We will endeavor to extend the scope of our work on a global scale: to incorporate the participation of people around the world in the development and work of the Library, and also to acknowledge and access collections of interest everywhere.

The Library is hosted by the School of Information & Library Studies of the University of Michigan, and we acknowledge with gratitude their support. We actively seek the participation and collaboration of individuals and organizations around the world, but it is our intent to maintain the nucleus of the Library here.



Massachusetts Institute of Technology [1985-present]


Director: Frank Moss


The MIT Media Lab applies an unorthodox research approach to envision the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life—technologies that promise to fundamentally transform our most basic notions of human capabilities. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists work atelier-style, conducting more than 350 projects that range from neuroengineering, to how children learn, to developing the city car of the future. Lab researchers foster a unique culture of learning by doing, developing technologies that empower people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all societies, to design and invent new possibilities for themselves and their communities.



Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities [1999-present]


University of Maryland


Made possible by a major Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a collaboration among the University of Maryland’s College of Arts and Humanities, Libraries, and Office of Information Technology. Since its founding in 1999, MITH has become internationally recognized as one of the leading centers of its kind, distinguished by the cultural diversity so central to its identity. Located in McKeldin Library at the heart of the campus, MITH is the University’s primary intellectual hub for scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, electronic literature, and cyberculture, as well as the home of the Electronic Literature Organization, the most prominent international group devoted to the writing, publishing and reading of electronic literature.

On a day to day basis, MITH functions as an applied think tank for the digital humanities, both in furthering the excellence of its Fellows’ research and in cultivating its own innovative research agendas–currently clustering around digital tools, text mining and visualization, and the creation and preservation of electronic literature, digital games, virtual worlds. Our work unfolds in a generous physical space, complemented by programs and events that include team-consultations for faculty digital projects, weekly Digital Dialogues (brown bags), frequent visiting speakers, themed Coffeehouse Conversations, courses taught in our seminar room, and ongoing interaction among fellows, students, and staff. Many of our events are open to the public.


Montclair Electronic Text Archive [2005-present]


Montclair State University


The content of this site consists of primary texts in Latin, Greek, Anglo-Saxon and English, and secondary texts in English.

The content is in various presentation formats: XML, XHTML, DjVu, and PDF. Many of the texts are in XML which was preferred over XHTML because it was designed as an open standard to describe a syntax that can be used to define elements specific to a document unlike XHTML which has fixed tag sets. It is platform independent, free from licensing restrictions, well supported and can describe the content for a particular audience or group.

We also use DjVu files which are considerably smaller than equivalent images files, such as TIFF, PDF and JPG. DjVu uses complex text/image and compression algorithms, which allow the faithful representation of the compressed images and the editing of the text extracted from the images.


NYPL Digital Collections

The New York Public Library


NYPL Digital provides free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of digital images from NYPL collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints and photographs, and more.


Open Archives Initiative


The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. Over time, however, the work of OAI has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience.



The Oxford Text Archive  [1976-present]



What Is The Oxford Text Archive

Founded in 1976 by Lou Burnard, The Oxford Text Archive has over twenty years experience of serving the research and teaching needs of electronic text users within the scholarly community. We have witnessed and encouraged the widespread acceptance of digital resources within academia. Formerly the preserve of small research-oriented groups of specialists, electronic text is now the common currency of academics. Our experience uniquely qualifies us to meet the challenges posed by the latest digital resources, and the demands and expectations of the new generation of teachers and researchers.

Why Is The Oxford Text Archive Needed?

A major factor in the reluctance of some academics to use electronic texts has been that many are poorly produced, often lacking any proper documentation. Easy access to well-documented digital resources, adhering to recognized standards, is essential if they are to be accepted by the academic community as a whole. The Oxford Text Archive works to identify, collect, and preserve high-quality, well-documented electronic texts and linguistic corpora, which it then makes available to others. In addition to this archival function, the Oxford Text Archive fulfils a vital educational role, advising the creators and users of digital text resources on the importance of adhering to particular standards during resource creation and documentation, and helping them to make the most effective use of the high-quality resources that are available.

What kinds of text are held by The Oxford Text Archive?

The Oxford Text Archive holds several thousand electronic texts and linguistic corpora, in a variety of languages. Its holdings include electronic editions of works by individual authors, standard reference works such as the Bible and mono-/bilingual dictionaries, and a range of language corpora. The Oxford Text Archive does not produce digital resources, and we rely upon deposits from the wider community as the primary source of high-quality materials.


Preserving Virtual Worlds [2008-present]



Interactive media are highly complex and at high risk for loss as technologies rapidly become obsolete.  The Preserving Virtual Worlds project will explore methods for preserving digital games and interactive fiction.  Major activities will include developing basic standards for metadata and content representation and conducting a series of archiving case studies for early video games, electronic literature and Second Life, an interactive multiplayer game.

Project partners are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (lead), the University of Maryland, Stanford University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Linden Lab. Second Life content participants include Life to the Second Power, Democracy Island and the International Spaceflight Museum.  The Preserving Virtual Worlds project is funded by the Preserving Creative America initiative under the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) administered by the Library of Congress.


The Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project [1999-present]



The Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project was funded from three coordinated proposals, from The University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. One of our major goals is to demonstrate our technologies on the emerging California Digital Library, and to implement and evaluate these technologies on a testbed system to be built with the help of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. All three projects together yield a synergistic and comprehensive digital libraries project. The Stanford component of this effort will develop the base technologies that are required to overcome the most critical barriers to effective digital libraries.


Text Analysis Portal for Research



TAPoR will build a unique human and computing infrastructure for text analysis across the country by establishing six regional centers to form one national text analysis research portal. This portal will be a gateway to tools for sophisticated analysis and retrieval, along with representative texts for experimentation. The local centers will include text research laboratories with best-of-breed software and full-text servers that are coordinated into a vertical portal for the study of electronic texts. Each center will be integrated into its local research culture and, thus, some variation will exist from center to center. The TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal) project is based at McMaster University, and consists of a network of six of the leading Humanities computing centres in Canada (Université de Montréal, McMaster University, University of Victoria, University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick, and University of Toronto).



The Text Encoding Initiative [1994-present]



The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Its chief deliverable is a set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation. In addition to the Guidelines themselves, the Consortium provides a variety of supporting resources, including resources for learning TEI, information on projects using the TEI, TEI-related publications, and software developed for or adapted to the TEI.



Torre do Tombo Online [2005-present]


Direcção-Geral de Arquivos [Lisboa, Portugal]


O "Projecto TT Online" tem como objectivo divulgar e disponibilizar, via Internet, fontes arquivísticas da Torre do Tombo, decisivas para a compreensão histórica de Portugal e do Mundo. Para o efeito, na sua primeira versão, que teve o apoio do Programa Operacional da Cultura, do Ministério da Cultura, foram produzidas mais de 52.000 descrições e digitalizadas 335.900 imagens dos 72 volumes do Arquivo de Oliveira Salazar, 7.000 fotografias da Companhia de Moçambique, 45.000 documentos da colecção Corpo Cronológico e 229 documentos que integram os Tesouros da Torre do Tombo, colecção virtual criada no âmbito deste Projecto.


University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections  [1998-present]


This site features materials from the University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have participated in partner projects with the UW. Collections are primarily pictorial, although some have accompanying essays and text. Other media are presented, such as newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters and maps. The emphasis of these collections is on rare and unique materials.



University of Toronto English Library  [1996-present]



UTEL (the University of Toronto English Library) is the main undergraduate and graduate site for students and faculty of the Department of English. It was created in 1996 with funds from a grant to Prof. Ian Lancashire from the Provost's Information Technology Courseware Development Fund and with support from the Department of English, chaired by Prof. T. H. Adamowski. The prototype UTEL site was set up on the University of Toronto Library Web server in 1993-94 to make available the Department of English teaching anthology Representative Poetry On-line.

UTEL consists mainly of a large database of electronic texts. The texts that have been selected to be included in UTEL are English language texts that are potentially useful to students, especially undergraduate students, of English literature. The database thus contains many of the novels and nonfictional prose works that are often studied in an undergraduate programme of English literature. Works of poetry are held in the Representative Poetry On-line site. Currently, there are no works of drama in the database, but some will hopefully be added soon. Texts that have been included in the collection are all, as far as we know, no longer under copyright regulations. There are thus no works from the second half of the twentieth century. Note that some of the texts in the collections are not available anywhere else on the Web (or at least were available here first).




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