Books (Open Access)

  • The Directory of Open-Access Books (DOAB) includes many strong sources. I recommend using the browse function rather than the search function and searching either by subject or by publisher.
  • Google Books Advanced Search is useful for finding full-text copies of old books and periodicals. The number of titles that are available for download is significantly larger in America than in Taiwan.
  • HathiTrust is a useful repository of full-text sources. However, it is much more useful to individuals who are members of partner institutions, who are able to download books on the site. Currently, no Taiwanese university partners with HathiTrust.
  • Internet Archive: Especially if you are working with a text that is no longer in copyright, Internet Archive may be able to give you access to the whole.
  • OAPEN: Open-access books published in Europe.
  • The Online Books Page: U Penn has created a useful site that makes it easier to find open-access texts. See also their page on texts in languages other than English.
  • Western European Literature, of The University of Virginia, provides information on full text resources in European languages other than English.

Taiwanese scholars should also be aware that most Taiwanese universities have access to Early English Books Online (EEBO) through HUSO.

Please let me know of other open-access resources that belong on this page. 

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