4. Virtual resources
Besides descriptions and catalogues of real libraries and archives, you can find on the Net numerous virtual libraries, that is, numerous websites containing the transcriptions of entire texts. We suggest that you should have recourse to them only for the first reading, or in order to search for particular words or phrases. If you need to quote those texts in your thesis or papers, you should refer to printed editions, whose philological accuracy is more easily verifiable. On the other hand, the Net offers you several other research tools, such as:
- META-OPACs: these are search engines that allow you to scan materials of several library catalogues at once.
- humanities portals and sites, that is, portals/sites devoted to different aspects and fields of humanities
- digital works and authors, that is, web-sites devoted to individual authors or works
- e-journals, that is, periodicals published only (or also) online.
Another essential digital source of information is the
- MLA International Bibliography which represents the best source for tracing secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books. This will also be available on CD-ROM or in print in your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50000 books and journals each year.