- The English
Subject Centre has a list of English Department in Britain with a
map for easy access. This very useful site
also lists academic staff details, and offers a search engine
find colleagues by name, teaching area or research area.
- The websites of all
British Universities and Departments
Gutenberg (20,000 books available, most of them in English; the
catalogue can be searched by author or by title)
Catalogue of Electronic Texts (the 14,000 documents in the
be searched by author, by title, or by date). The Alex Catalogue is
being rebuilt at a new address; although
this new catalogue at the moment includes fewer titles than the
original one, it makes the texts searchable.
Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia, which makes
10.000 of its 70,000 books available to the general public, and makes
their texts searchable.
Page at Pennsylvania University; its 30,000 books include many
non-literary works. The resources are at the moment being reorganised,
and some titles may be temporarily unavailable.
sister project of Wikipedia, is building an on-line library, which
at the moment numbers over 100,000 books, and is rapidly expanding.
- The Library of the University of Adelaide
(1,200 titles available) uses a legal loophole to publish e-texts
of books by authors who died as late as 1954, including W. B. Yeats, H.
G. Wells, James Joyce,
Virginia Woolf and George Orwell.
- Project Gutenberg
Australia uses the same loophole (1,600 titles available).
Humanities Hub is a service offered by RND (The Resource
Discovery Network). Humbul, which is hosted by the University of
Oxford, offers searchable databanks of on-line resources.
English, a professional information resource for higher-education
(Advanced Learner's, American English, Idoms, Phrasal Verbs...)
Wordsmyth English Dictionary
(The American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus 1922 edition, The
Encyclopedia, dictionaries of quotations, etc.)
(The American Heritage Dictionary, Roger's Thesaurus - latest edition -
and various other resources)
(conjugates verbs and converts numbers to text in several languages,
and translates words from and into 8 different languages)
Helper (synonyms, etc.)
English slang and
colloquialisms in the UK
World Wide Words
abreast of the most recent developments of vocabulary, updated weekly.
The newsletter and the recent updates to the World Wide Words can
be accessed from this site).
synonyms, antonyms, homophones, etc.)
Detective ("words and language in a humorous vein")
The Online Etymology Dictionary
compilations of dictionaries
Look Dictionary Search (searches several of
the sites mentioned above for definitions)
lists of dictionaries
Frank Dietz's Glossary
Links (a list
of over 2,500 specialised glossaries and dictionaries - not maintained
Literary Encyclopedia - a free
database of biographies, profiles of works and glossary of literary
terms; currently over 3000 completed records. Complete
works lists for 5000 writers. This is a companion site of University
Encyclopedia (over one million
the British press
- All the covers of Private
Eye from issue number 1 in April 1961 can be seen here
- The Yahoo directory of world
- The front pages of the day's British papers are displayed
on the Sky
feeds from the UK
(You do not know what RSS is? The technology
is explained on the BBC News website).
By clicking on the links below, you can have easy access to a choice of
fresh news articles and comment straight from
the main British media sources. The choice obviously takes into account
the availability of news feeds. Also, paying feeds have been excluded.
You can see the full list of news feeds offered on the websites of each
The "quality" press
The weekly press
British radio and
Thanks to the on-line BBC Radio Player
can listen to all the BBC radio stations live and/or to an extremely
wide list of
selected recorded programmes (news, drama, comedy, concerts, sport,
gives access to a large number of news video and audio reports (follow
"Latest news in audio and video").
allows you to watch numerous videos of recent news
items as well as to listen
to a short news
gives links to over 300 British radio stations live on the web in
different formats (Real, MP3, WMP).
BBC TV is available free-to-air (that is,
in parts of Western Europe (the Benelux, most of France, parts of
Germany, Switzerland and Spain, Iceland, and of course the whole of the
Isles). See the Astra
2D site for technical information. The map on the left shows the
"footprint" of the Astra 2D satellite, and the theoretical diameter of
the dish needed to watch the channels broadcast from the satellite,
although the site also carries testimonies of viewers in several
European countries which suggest that the actual footprint may
cover a slightly wider part of Europe, and that reception is possible
beyond its theoretical limits.