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English History Open Library

Middle English Text Series: A Robbins Library Digital Project

The Middle English Texts Series is a long-running academic publishing project based out of the University of Rochester’s Robbins Library. The goal of this project is to make relatively unknown or unread medieval texts available to scholars, teachers, and students who may otherwise struggle to find them in the commercial market. These digital editions, which are free for anyone to view and print, embody this ideal of making ‘fringe’ medieval literature accessible to as many people as possible.

https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams

Level: All

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English History

NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship)

NINES is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. Our activities are driven by three primary goals:

  • to serve as a peer-reviewing body for digital work in the long 19th-century (1770-1920), British and American;
  • to support scholars’ priorities and best practices in the creation of digital research materials;
  • to develop software tools for new and traditional forms of research and critical analysis.

The NINES Collex interface is at the center of these efforts. It aims to gather the best scholarly resources in the field and make them fully searchable and interoperable; and to provide an online collecting and authoring space in which researchers can create and publish their own work.

NINES also is home to Juxta, a tool for comparing and collating multiple documentary instances of the same work; and to Ivanhoe, a collaborative game-space for interpreting textual and other cultural materials. Other interpretive tools and applications are in the planning stages.

https://nines.org/

Level: Researcher

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English History

Romantic Circles

Romantic Circles is a refereed scholarly Website devoted to the study of Romantic-period literature and culture. It is the collaborative product of an ever-expanding community of editors, contributors, and users around the world, overseen by a distinguished Advisory Board. Review our Conditions of Use Statement for information on the re-publication or other use of Romantic Circles resources.

https://romantic-circles.org/

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English History Open Library

18th C Scholarship Online

What is 18thConnect?

18thConnect gathers together information about and links to the best primary and secondary texts that are available in digital form, either freely available on the Web or available by subscription. The digital scholarly resources in the field of eighteenth-century studies that are all searchable here, together, in one place, come from libraries, companies like Gale, and scholars themselves. All of these resources are either digital collections of primary texts or content that has been or will be peer-reviewed by 18thConnect itself. 18thConnect therefore contains:
· metadata about each site or collection;
· links that take users to the materials in sites and collections;
· if available, plain text versions of each digital item for full-text searching.

Users who come to the site can search all the digital materials aggregated by 18thConnect at the same time by word or “facet”: title, author, date, collection, genre, discipline, material type. All of these search options are visible under the search tab at the upper right.

What is 18thConnect?

A Search Portal

A digital “aggregator,” 18thConnect gathers together information about and links to the best primary and secondary texts that are available in digital form, either freely available on the Web or available by subscription. The digital scholarly resources in the field of eighteenth-century studies that are all searchable here, together, in one place, come from libraries, companies like Gale, and scholars themselves. All of these resources are either digital collections of primary texts or content that has been or will be peer-reviewed by 18thConnect itself. 18thConnect therefore contains:

Users who come to the site can search all the digital materials aggregated by 18thConnect at the same time by word or “facet”: title, author, date, collection, genre, discipline, material type. All of these search options are visible under the search tab at the upper right.

A Peer-reviewing Organization

All materials aggregated by the 18thConnect search portal are peer-reviewed. We include scholarly projects that have been peer-reviewed by our editorial board. The Process of peer review is described here, and there is a page of instructions about how to submit your web site or digital resource.

Once your site has been accepted, the Director of 18thConnect will write you a letter that can be used for your Promotion and Tenure Committee as well. We recommend that sites passing peer review at 18thConnect submit their work to the MLA Scholarly Editions Committee for the MLA seal.

An Online Community

18thConnect provides users each with their own “My18th” page tab (upper left) which allows them to save searches, collect items, make exhibits, save documents that they are editing, and see all their own tags. Under the “Exhibits” tab at the top right, users can see all the exhibits—curated arguments using 18thConnect materials as well as items from the Internet—that have been made public by other users. Here they can join groups, engage in discussions, and view all users’ tags, for which we will eventually, as they grow, add searching capacity.

Crowd-Sourced Correction

A main feature of 18thConnect is TypeWright. This web-based software allows users to correct documents from EEBO and ECCO. These documents have been automatically generated by Optical Character Recognition Engines that are not always accurate. Once users have corrected these documents, our contracts with ProQuest and Gale allow us to give the person or people who corrected it a copy of that text. We give two kinds of copies: plain texts and TEI-encoded texts, enabling users to make their own digital editions which we welcome them to submit to us for peer review. Other companies and libraries are making similar contracts with us to enlist our community’s help in correcting OCR outputs.

https://18thconnect.org/

Level: Researcher