eBooks and eBook Collections at McKendree


EBSCOhost eBooks Collection    

Historical Statistics of the U.S. 

MyiLibrary by Ingram     

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Reference Collection 

Free eBook Sites

ABU: la Bibliothèque Universelle 

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century (in French)

Alchemy Virtual Library   

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts   

Public domain texts in the areas of American and British Literature, and Western Philosophy. A unique feature of the Catalog is the on-the-fly creation of PDF or ebook (Newton Paperback, Palm Pilot, or Rocket eBook) files.

Alexandria Digital Library Project 

American Verse Project  

Volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.

Antique Books   

Reproductions of antiquarian books in color.

ARTFL Project   

Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language. The project maintains a database of nearly 2,000 texts,searchable by word, word root, prefix, suffix and inclusive dates. Philologic displays the bibliographic information and page number for each occurrence and can sort the results on screen by date, author name, keywords and other fields.

The Avalon Project  

The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.

Banned Books Online  

Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page.


Accurate online text of major out of copyright works including the Columbia Encyclopedia, Harvard Classics and poetry collections. The Preeminent Internet Publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Bibliomania: The Network Library  

Free online literature with more than 2000 classics.

Digital Book Index  

Links to 73,000 titles, most are free.

DocuBase at Berkeley  

DocuBase is a set of services that allows users to store, organize and maintain network-accessible distributed document resources. Examples of such resources are on-line readers for courses, collections of documents related to some topic, collections of personal documents, technical report series, and collections of documents maintained by a working group.

Early Manuscripts at Oxford 

Including ancient papyri from Herculaneum and Celtic manuscripts.

Electronic Text Collection: Western European Literature  

Extensive links to literary texts in Western European languages other than English. Maintained by the Association of College and Research Libraries, Western European Specialists Section.

Gallica: 19th Century France   

Major project with already more than 2,000,000 pages and 10,000 images and sound files online.

Google Books

Search and browse books in full-text or preview mode online.  Use to search for books in your area libraries.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

The Gutenberg Bible

The first book printed with movable type is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455.

Humanities Text Initiative

An alphabetical list of humanities resources.

Japanese Text Initiative

The University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library are pleased to sponsor the Japanese Text Initiative, a collaborative effort to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the World Wide Web.

Making of America

Focusing on American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, the collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This online collection contains approximately 1,600 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

Online Children's Stories

Web sites that have a variety of stories available: some folktales, some contemporary stories, maybe some poetry and non-fiction as well.

Online Library of Liberty

Full text of books on American and European history, economics & law.

Open Library

One web page for every book ever published.  It's a lofty but achievable goal.

Oxford Text Archive

The Oxford Text Archive Website works closely with members of the Arts and Humanities academic community to collect, catalog, and preserve high-quality electronic texts for research and teaching. The OTA currently distributes more than 2500 resources in over 25 different languages, and is actively working to extend its catalog of holdings.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks:  choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

We (Project Gutenberg) carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. 

RAND Online Publications

View all of RAND's online publications grouped by topic. Most titles published in 1998 or later are available online, along with selected earlier publications.


An easy to read full-text interface of mainly public domain literary works.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Collections

The first online books and manuscripts from the Smithsonian Institution.

Spunk Library

Anarchist and related texts.

SunSITE Digital Collections     

Technical Reports Online  

Links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports from hundreds of organizations.

William Blake Archive

Works by Blake: illuminated books, drawings, paintings, engravings, and more. Includes the latest news of work completed, work in progress, recent and forthcoming presentations, etc.