Using Google Play Books you can find, read and download free classic works of literature and other primary sources like first hand accounts of historical events, autobiographies, correspondence, diaries, are more.
|A work will be free if it is out of copyright or the author or publisher choose to make it free. This brief explanation of length of copyright & publications can help you determine if an author's work might be available for free, full text online.||
Works Published After 1978
Works Published 1923-1978
Works Published Before 1923
Here's how to get started:
In Worldcat you can put au: in front of the author's name and search to see if we have anything written by them.
Example: Try au:William Shakespeare
Want more on WorldCat? Try the How to Use WorldCat Guide.
Search EBSCOhost eBooks. There are lots of great classics that you can find in EBSCOhost eBooks that you can read online or check to download to your device. Must be on campus or have a COM ID to access off campus.
Example search: edgar allen poe
Alternatively, you can type a command in the basic search box like this to get the same results:
AR "Poe, Edgar Allan"
In the reuslt list you'll find the eBook Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Tales. Now you can read stories like The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Read Death, and The Pit and the Pendulum.
Use the links below to see lists of many classics available from these large collections:
Search Literary Reference Center to access full text classics such as Aesop's Fables or A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by browsing the list. Must be on campus or have a COM ID to access off campus. You can browse by:
1. To get started click the Full Text Classics link in the Browse box.
2. Browse by title, genre or locale by selecting the tab and either typing in what you want, or if you are not yet sure, just scroll down the list to see what is available.
3. Click below the title on Full Text Classic to get the actual work (may be divided into chapters); click on the title to get information about the work such as plot summaries.
COM Library has Guides that include full text literature. Look for the Read the Classics and Open Access tabs.
Access free full text collections of literature online. Collections that focus on specific periods or authors can be found on each of the tabs by period in the Web sites box.