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Libraries, Texts, Bibliographies

Important Libraries

  • BLC — British Library Catalogue
  • BVB — Bayerischer Verbundkatalog
  • GBV — Gemeinsamer Verbundkatalog Niedersachsen etc.
  • KVK — Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
  • OLIS — Oxford University's online union library catalogue

Bibliographies & Databases

  • DBIS Research databases available in Germany

  • ABELL — Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, 880,000 records, monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.
  • ESTC — English Short Title Catalogue, bibliography of all books published between 1473 and 1800, description of materials, library shelf marks.
  • EZF Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek Freiburg
  • IMDb Internet Movie Database
  • MLA Standard Research Bibliography
  • PAO — Periodicals Archive Online
  • ZDB — Zeitschriftendatenbank, Titel- und Besitznachweise, 1,2 Mio. Titel in allen Sprachen von 1500 bis heute, keine Aufsatztitel.
  • Muse


  • EEBO — book production 1473-1700
  • ECCO — the book production of the 18th century
  • Gutenberg
  • LRC
  • Corpus of Middle English texts
  • MOML — The Making of Modern Law, covering the watershed period of legal development during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • MOME — The Making of the Modern World, presents more than 61,000 books from the period 1460-1850, and 466 pre-1906 serials, focuses on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing.
  • Munseys
  • The Times 1785-1985
  • TLS
  • Web Gallery of Art
  • Internet Archive


Culture & History

Important Institutions



Research Sites

  • C18 18th century mailing list and more
  • H-Net History in general
  • H-Albion History British Isles
  • SHARP Book history

Mailing Lists








Pragmatics & Discourse:


Intercultural & Cross-cultural Communication:


Applied Linguistics:

Working Papers:

German Journals:

Didactics, Language Aquisition & Practice

Language Practice

General Language

Reference works:

Grammar: Advanced Grammar in Use. With Answers and CD-ROM. (Taschenbuch) von Martin Hewings (Autor)

Dictionary: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (DCE), m. CD-ROM

German-English Dictionary: PONS Großwörterbuch Englisch: Englisch-Deutsch / Deutsch-Englisch. Rund 390.000 Stichwörter und Wendungen

Visual Thesaurus (You can try this out online.)

Dave's ESL Cafe (covers everything from grammar to pronunciation to job opportunities and teacher training programs)

Individual Skills

Reading comprehension:

Newspapers: , especially The Learning Network at the New York Times:

The Guardian (UK)


To improve your own writing, especially in the areas of grammar and punctuation, please consult this website from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University in the US.

You can find many exercises to help improve your writing: Writing exercises - Paraphrasing

Proofreading your work: Punctuation

Listening Comprehension

University Lectures

Here you can find a variety of lectures which various universities make available to the public:

This is a general website where you can find lectures as well as online courses:

Here is one specific example of US university which makes its lectures available to the public:

University of California at San Diego:

But check other universities, since most have similar websites. Another source is youtube, where you can find lectures and seminars.


National Public Radio (US)

Minnesota Public Radio (US) Prairie Home Companion


Learning English


6 Minute English

Grammar Challenge


Political Satire

TV shows - full episodes available on line:

Parodies of Songs:

In addition, here are some sites on regional, social and ethnic dialects of modern English.

New online access to "Varieties of English" and "The Atlas of North American English""

You can now access the online version to "Varieties of English", which covers varieties of English spoken all over the world. This works the same way as the "Atlas of North American English" (actually, since it is the same publisher, the format is identical, making it much easier to use)

Varieties of English website:

You just type in your new library username and password (the one that has four letters and four numbers).

The great thing is that you can even use this databank at home (ah, the glories of cyberspace!) You will need earphones to hear the audio samples. The websites allow you to listen to reading passages as well as free passages from English accents all over the world (VAE) as well as from different parts of North America (ANAE).

Here is the link to the Atlas of North American English:

This is the British Library's Sounds Familiar website, which shows the different dialects found in the UK today

"Do You Speak American" website

This is the website that accompanies the DVD and book "Do You Speak American?", both of which are available in the university library.

Among other fascinating spots on this website is the following map, which you can click on to listen to radio stations from all over the US.

I would encourage to just look around on the site; there is a plethora of audio and visual material here which will help you in your study of American dialects.

America's Regional Accents, Holding Fast

Dictionary of American Regional English

This is the website of the Dictionary of American Regional English. It includes dialect maps, but also audio files of samples of speech from speakers of many different American dialects.