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Primary Sources on the Web: Perseus Digital Library


The Perseus Digital Library is an astounding resource for all scholars of the humanities.  It is particularly useful for scholars of Greek or Latin, because they have digitized the majority of the canonical texts from the ancient Western world.  These texts are accompanied by a translation from the public domain, and a synced dictionary that identifies and parses word forms.

Besides those classical resources though, Perseus also hosts a viewable database of a newspaper published in Richmond around 1860 (The Daily Dispatch).   This is a fascinating resource, and it comes linked to a neat google maps layout that projects on a google map all of the places mentioned in the newspaper that you happen to be viewing.

This site will undoubtedly continue to grow.  I find that the weakest part of its collections is the “Art and Artifact Image Browser”, because  The images are often low-resolution and the organization of the image database is sorta clumsy.  It is rapidly improving, though.

Recent and upcoming developments in Google Image searches (more on those soon) hold more promise for large scale image collecting and searching.    images.google.com

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