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How to use UTEL

The University of Toronto English Library on the Web is designed for the use of the University of Toronto community, and especially for its students of English literature.

UTEL consists mainly of a large database of electronic texts. The texts that have been selected to be included in UTEL are English language texts that are potentially useful to students, especially undergraduate students, of English literature. The database thus contains many of the novels and nonfictional prose works that are often studied in an undergraduate programme of English literature. Works of poetry are held in the Representative Poetry On-line site. Currently, there are no works of drama in the database, but some will hopefully be added soon. To see a list of works that have recently been added to the database, select Recent Additions from the home page menu.

Texts that have been included in the collection are all, as far as we know, no longer under copyright regulations. There are thus no works from the second half of the twentieth century. Note that some of the texts in the collections are not available anywhere else on the Web (or at least were avabilable here first).

To find a specific work in the database, you can go to the index of works, which lists the titles of the works alphabetically by genre. Or you can go to the index of authors, which lists alphabetically all the authors in the database. Each has a page whereon is listed all the works in the database written by the author, as well as any works of literary criticism written specifically about the author or his/her works.

Once you have found the work of literature you are looking for, you can read it off the Web, or download it to your personal computer, or perform simple searches. Each work is segmented into small files, usually one file for each chapter, to make it easier to read and dowload. An "all" file, which contains the complete work, is available for each work, but is often very large.

You can search the entire database by selecting Search Database from the main menu. This will allow you to perform keyword searches, including proximity searches, on the database as a whole. Note that works of poetry are not currently available for searching. The search function is useful for finding the location of quotations and for finding answers to questions like, Is the adjective "little" frequently paired with the term "woman" in Victorian fiction? To attempt an answer, you can search for the keyword "little" near the keyword "woman" within ten characters, and limit the search by publication date between 1840 and 1900. Once you get the results, you can then perform a similar search to find the occurences of "little" near "man" in the same period, and compare results with the previous results.

UTEL has a section on Criticism and Theory Resources which includes a Glossary of Literary Theory and studies of criticism and literary theory. These resources should be particularly interesting to students of literature.

There is a History of English Resources page with links to dictionaries and other English Language resources.

UTEL includes a English Composition Resources page, which should be interesting to anyone writing university-level essays, especially if the essays are English course essays. There is a step-by-step guide to writing essays, a utility to help build a correctly formatted bibliography, and a guide to grammatical terminology.

Finally, UTEL includes links to other Web sites that might be of interest to students and scholars of English literature.

This page last updated May 28th 1998.

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