Electronic Resources: English Language and Literature


Dictionary of Old English: Web Corpus – UCB access only 
A searchable online database consisting of about three million words of Old English and another two million words of Latin. Each word is delivered with a full sentence of context which can then be opened up into a three-sentence context. An index of spellings is provided. Compiled as part of the Dictionary of Old English project at the University of Toronto.

Dictionary of Old English A-G – UCB access only
The 2007 release of the Dictionary through letter ‘G.’ This is the standard resource for the language.

Bosworth Toller, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
This database provides a user-friendly, searchable text of the classic dictionary for Old English, Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898) and T. Northcote Toller, Supplement (1921).

The Circolwyrde Wordhord
Carl T. Berkhout’s glossary of computer terms in Old English.

Modern English to Old English Vocabulary
Bill Schipper’s reverse dictionary for people who want to write in Old English.


Full-Text Databases

Electronic Sawyer 
This is the electronic, updated version of P. H. Sawyer, Anglo-Saxon Charters: An Annotated List and Bibliography (1968).

Oxford Text Archive
An archive of several thousand high-quality, well-documented electronic texts, including reference works such as the Bible and standard dictionaries.

Fontes Anglo-Saxonici
A database register originally intended to identify all written sources which were incorporated, quoted, translated, or adapted anywhere in Old English texts or in Latin texts written in England to 1066. The aim of the register is to allow researchers to determine what source texts were available to which authors at what times.  This is a very useful resource though the user should know that it remains incomplete. A negative result cannot be interpreted as indicating no written source is identifiable.

Middle English Compendium - UCB access only
Offers access to three major Middle English resources: a searchable electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary; a large collection of Middle English prose and verse texts; and a hyperbibliography of Middle English literature.