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Mathematics

Euclid's Elements
  http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html

Exercises in Math Readiness for University Study
  http://math.usask.ca/readin/

American History

The George Washington Papers
  http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html

A Hypertext on American History
  http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/

Theodore Roosevelt. Selected Works
  http://www.bartleby.com/tr/index.html

Shakespeare

The Julius Caesar Site
  http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/JC/

King Lear
  http://quarles.unbc.ca/lisad_html/index.html

A Midsummer Night's Dream
  http://quarles.unbc.ca/midsummer/midsummer1.html

 

Sciences

Mendel's Paper
  http://www.netspace.org/MendelWeb/Mendel.html

Your Genes, Your Choices
  http://ehrweb.aaas.org/ehr/books/index.html

Soil Biological Communities
  http://www.id.blm.gov/iso/931/soil/soil.htm

Darwin - The Voyage of the Beagle
  http://www.literature.org/Works/Charles-Darwin/voyage/

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
  http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html

Deserts: Geology and Resources
  http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/

 

Literature

The Arabian Nights
  http://www.arabiannights.org/index2.html

The Canterburytales
  http://www.litrix.com/canterby

Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/innocent/iahompag.html

Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
  http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/twain/huckfinn.html

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pridprej.html

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/usher/

The William Blake Archive
  http://www.iath.virginia.edu/blake/main.html

 

 


Annotations

Exercises in Math Readiness for University Study
      http://math.usask.ca/readin/
An online text book presented by the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. The text is available in four different languages and it consists on summaries of basic topics in mathematics accompanied by exercises at three different levels of difficulty.

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Euclid's Elements
      http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/elements.html
Hypertext edition of Euclid's Elements, one of the most influencial works in Mathematics. The text is fully annotated and contains explanations to all the topics. It has introductory material, a list of references to be found online, and a geometry Applet that allows to manipulate the figures that accompany the text.

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Mendel's Paper (English - Annotated)
      http://www.netspace.org/MendelWeb/Mendel.html
Electronic edition of Mendel's paper "Experiments in Plant Hybridization" from 1865. This text is part of Mendelweb, an educational resource for teachers and students interested in the origins of genetics. The site includes the original paper as well as the English version which contains links to a glossary of terms. There is a set of notes and summaries to accompany the main text which is, however, not linked. Both the original and the English version can be downloaded from the archive.

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Your Genes, Your Choices. Exploring the Issues Raised by Genetic Research
      http://ehrweb.aaas.org/ehr/books/index.html
Online book by Catherine Baker that describes the Human Genome Project. It is addressed to the general public and presents a comprehensive glossary of terms as well as pictures and graphics. The book is divided into chapters that present different issues related to genetic research.

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Darwin - The Voyage of the Beagle
      http://www.literature.org/Works/Charles-Darwin/voyage/
Online version of one of the key works by Darwin presented by the Online Literary Library. This is the journal of the voyage undertaken by Darwin around the coast of South America and to Austronesia; and his observations of natural history and geology of that area. The text is presented by chapters with an index at the beginning that provides links to the main topics developed in the chapter. The only other supplemental materials are other works by Darwin which are easily accessed from the main page.

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Soil Biological Communities
      http://www.id.blm.gov/iso/931/soil/soil.htm
Online text from the Bureau of Land Management that explains the biology of soil. It is supported with graphics and photos of the different ecosystems described.

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This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
      http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html
HTML text that provides an introduction to the concept of plate tectonics and its influence on most geologic processes. The text is complemented with graphics, maps and photos.

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Deserts: Geology and Resources
      http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/
This HTML text describes the geologic processes by which deserts are formed, as well as the resources that they provide. It is organized in a clear way for a general audience. The text is supported by graphics, maps and pictures that clarify the definitions.

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The George Washington Papers
      http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html
This site includes digital images of 65,000 documents kept at the Library of Congress that include: correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, journals, reports etc. The documents are divided into 8 series and only 4 of them are ready online. There is extensive bibliography and essays as well as some text transcriptions. These transcriptions are not easy to locate in the site. It is possible to do a search for keywords or browse the documents but navigation is very slow due to the amount of time required to download the digital images.

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A Hypertext on American History
      http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/
Hypertext versions of several books produced by the United States Information Agency: Outline of American History, Outline of American Government, Outline of American Literature, and Outline of American Economy. The books have been supplemented with scores of primary source documents, essays by students of American History and American Studies, and some pictures. Directed by Dr. George Welling and hosted by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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Theodore Roosevelt. Selected Works
      http://www.bartleby.com/tr/index.html
This collection includes eight works by Theodore Roosevelt published online by the New Bartleby Library. The site includes a table of context and a biography but no other supporting materials.

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The Julius Caesar Site
      http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/JC/
This site is part of the Perseus Project, a digital library for the study of the Classics and the English Renaissance at Tufts University. The site includes two editions of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: a facsimile edition and First Folio edition with commentary and notes by Variorum. The text is supported by a large amount of critical material on Julius Caesar as well as an extensive bibliography.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
      http://quarles.unbc.ca/midsummer/midsummer1.html
Annotated hypertext edition.

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King Lear
      http://quarles.unbc.ca/lisad_html/index.html
Annotated hypertext edition.

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The Arabian Nights
      http://www.arabiannights.org/index2.html
The Arabian Nights are a collection of Persian, Arabian and Indian folktales which can be found in several manuscripts. The 34 tales presented here by the Electronic Literature Foundations are versions by Andrew Lang and Richard Burton. The Lang version is intended for a general audience while the Burton version contains explicit violence and sexual content. Although there is no text support, the structural resources include: easy navigation from any place in the text that allows to choose the pagination, move from tale to tale and change versions. There is the possibility to bookmark pages as well as do a search for keywords. The text is accompanied by many illustrations.

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The Canterbury Tales
      http://www.litrix.com/canterby
This is another site from the Electronic Literature Foundation. It includes the tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer in two editions: the original Middle English and a Modern English in rhyming couplets. The two texts can be viewed separately or together and are illustrated with portraits. Navigation is easy between tales as it is possible to choose pagination, move from tale to tale and change versions. There is the possibility to bookmark pages as well as do a search for keywords. Finally there is a forum where messages can be posted with questions or comments about the text.

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Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
      http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/innocent/iahompag.html
Full electronic text of Mark Twain's immensely popular book, published in 1869. This online version is supplemented with a sample of the 240 illustrations which accompanied the original publication. Also accompanying the text is useful information describing how the book came into existence (it was based on a set of travel letters the author sent to a San Francisco newspaper who helped fund his trip abroad), its literary sources, reviews by critics, and the touring lectures Twain engaged in following publication. A wonderfully useful feature is a map showing the route followed by Twain when in Europe, hot linked to pages in the book describing his experiences in each location. Innocent's Abroad is one of 8 books by Mark Twain offered by the University of Virginia's Hypertext Project, which includes hypertext versions of literary works by other American authors.

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Travels with Samantha by Phillip Greenspun
      http://photo.net/samantha/travels-with-samantha.html
This is a self-published online book that attracts about 1000 readers a day and received the Best of the Web Award in 1994. Written by Phillip Greenspun, Travels with Samantha, describes the summer he spent traveling the North American continent in a minivan, in the company of Samantha, his Apple PowerBook 170. In text that is often humorous and unusually insightful, Greenspun tells of his adventures, describes the people he meets, and shares his observations on life. The book is illustrated with stunning photos taken along the way.

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Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: Text, Illustrations, and Early Reviews
      http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/twain/huckfinn.html

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
      http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pridprej.html
Hypertext version of Austen's most famous novel first published in 1813. The text is divided into chapters and is linked to some very useful resources to aid reading the novel. These resources include a list of characters, a list of events in chronological order, comments on random topics related to the novel, an index to the main motifs and a list of important places with a map to locate them. The text also contains illustrations and search forms to search the novel itself, other works by J. Austen or all the pages contained in the site.

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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"
      http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/usher/
Online version of Poe's short story. It includes a summary, description of the setting, characters, style etc. The text is not annotated.

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