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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

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Top 10 IN Resources : Great Reads
These Resources Will Blow The Keys Right Off Your Board!
By  Sarah E. White

he month of March conspires to offer us two great reasons to celebrate reading: Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Week. In celebration of these two events, and the fact that good reading is fundamental to good writing, this month’s top 10 list looks at good sites for great reads (and information about ebooks).

Project Gutenberg
The granddaddy of all free ebook sites is Project Gutenberg, which offers public domain books on all sorts of subjects, from literature to art, science, religious texts and more, in more than 30 languages, searchable by author and keyword. You can also volunteer to help grow the database and add an editing credit to your resume.

One of my favorites for reference books online, this site also offers a lot of public domain texts. I can’t live without this site’s World Factbook, but it also has fiction, nonfiction and verse. Offers a quote a day and a word a day, among other fun stuff for book nerds.

The Online Books Page
From the University of Pennsylvania, this site boasts more than 20,000 free books, combining Gutenberg’s listings with other sources in various formats, again searchable and browsable. This site also offers links to searchable serial archives for such publications as Agriculture Factbook and The Ladies’ Repository (a 19th century women’s magazine).

A Celebration of Women Writers
Going hand-in-hand with Penn’s Online Books Page, the Celebration Of Women Writer’s page includes that collection’s publications by women. The cool thing about this site is that you can search for authors by century, country of origin or ethnicity, so if you are particularly interested in, say, women writers from Tunisia, you can find them all.

Another great basic free online reading site is Bibliomania, which offers 2,000 texts as well as study guides and research aids. The site includes fiction, drama, interviews, articles and short stories, even a search by theme, so you’re bound to find something to read here no matter what you like to read.

Renaissance Electronic Texts
The University of Toronto library offers a small but impressive collection of old-spelling editions of Renaissance-era manuscripts, including Shakespeare’s sonnets, a database of early-modern English dictionaries and links to other sites offering more information on this time period and its literature. Also check out the English library for information on the history of English and more great sources.

If you’re looking for information on American home economics, or are just interested in what life was like for American women from the 1820s to the 1950s, check out this resource from Cornell. You can search for keywords or browse by time period, as well as look up articles by author or journal.

Rare Book Reading Room
While the actual books are not available for reading on this Library of Congress site, it’s a fun place to look around and to see what they actually have available in the nation’s biggest repository of all things literary. The site offers pictures of some of the illuminated books and essays dealing with different kinds of books the Rare Books Reading Room houses.

Modern History Sourcebook
For students of history or just writers needing to know something about a certain political, historical or social movement from Darwinism to the Civil War, this site will provide basic outlines and source material to make your stories more realistic or help you get through that quiz.

Want 2 Learn
With a variety of ebooks and resources on a variety of topics, Want 2 Learn should be on your favorites list when you’re looking for free courses or information on marketing, the Internet, writing, grammar and other topics. Includes links to reviews and other information.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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