University of Toronto English Library

Sizable full text collection of poetry, drama, and prose and non-fiction works, together with criticism and theory resources, glossaries, a history of English, and English composition resources. Works are selected for their usefulness to the university English student. Developed, maintained, and edited by Prof. Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto Department of English.

The University of Toronto English Library on the Web is designed for the use of the University of Toronto community, and especially for its students of English literature.

UTEL consists mainly of a large database of electronic texts. The texts that have been selected to be included in UTEL are English language texts that are potentially useful to students, especially undergraduate students, of English literature. The database thus contains many of the novels and nonfictional prose works that are often studied in an undergraduate programme of English literature. Works are available to read online, or to download.

You can search the entire database by selecting Search Database from the main menu. This will allow you to perform keyword searches, including proximity searches, on the database as a whole. Note that works of poetry are not currently available for searching. The search function is useful for finding the location of quotations and for finding answers to questions like, Is the adjective "little" frequently paired with the term "woman" in Victorian fiction? To attempt an answer, you can search for the keyword "little" near the keyword "woman" within ten characters, and limit the search by publication date between 1840 and 1900. Once you get the results, you can then perform a similar search to find the occurences of "little" near "man" in the same period, and compare results with the previous results.

UTEL has a section on Criticism and Theory Resources which includes a Glossary of Literary Theory and studies of criticism and literary theory. These resources should be particularly interesting to students of literature. It also includes a English Composition Resources page, which should be interesting to anyone writing university-level essays, especially if the essays are English course essays. There is a step-by-step guide to writing essays, a utility to help build a correctly formatted bibliography, and a guide to grammatical terminology.

About the Project
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University of Toronto
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Who's Involved?
People Involved: 
Ian Lancashire