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English Research Guide

A guide to assist in library research for English and Film Studies classes

Digital Public Library of America or DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. 

Citing Digital Primary Sources

Citing digital primary sources can be challenging, as the particulars of the citation will depend not only on where you accessed the material, but also on what kind of material it is. In general, it is a good idea to collect as much citation information as you can (URL, page number if available, access date, dates on the original document, database name and publisher).


Advice and formats for citing digital archives:

 From the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
 Citing Archival Resources
 Digital Archives Materials

Books Available Online

These online collections include digital versions of many out-of-copyright works including government documents, historical magazines and other periodicals, and books published before 1923.

  • GoogleBooks
    Full-text collection includes books in the public domain. Includes only snippets of books still under copyright unless otherwise specified by author or publisher. Also includes magazines and periodicals.
  • HathiTrust
    Multi-university-library digital library, draws on GoogleBooks' digitization project. GSU is not a member library, so downloading not possible, but generally full-text viewing is.
  • Internet Archive
    Digital library, includes texts as well as moving images, live music, audio.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Digital copies of books whose copyrights have expired.
  • Center for Research Libraries Digital Collections
    Wide-ranging collection of digitized resources. Search the CRL's catalog, or browse the collection.

Keyword Tip

Do a keyword search on your topic and add a special term as another keyword, such as

photographs    ​