Monday 10 May 2010

Websites for Writers: The Internet Public Library

Welcome to Websites for Writers, where every Monday I feature a site that offers inspiration and/or reliable information for writers.

Last week we went a century into the past with Mostly Victorian. This week we're mixing traditional institutions with cutting-edge technology by featuring the Internet Public Library.

At this site you get what it says on the tin--everything you could possibly want from a good library is here, or linked from here. Online books, encyclopedias, and a massive list of links to international newspapers are all easily searchable. Looking for a database of Native American authors? They got one. A literary encyclopedia? Got that too. Info on copyright law? Check. If you're stumped, you can even ask a librarian. It's a massive hub of reliable information run by consortium of universities and a handy first stop for any writer needing to look something up.

Of course for the true bibliophile, there's nothing like a real library, where you can hold a 500 year-old book in your hands.

1 comment:

Donna Volkenannt said...

Hi Sean,
Thanks for posting these links. Great idea and great resources. I'll check them out each Monday.

Looking for more from Sean McLachlan? He also hangs out on the Civil War Horror blog, where he focuses on Civil War and Wild West history.

You can also find him on his Twitter feed and Facebook page.