NOTE: The best way to find listings of electronic versions of books by women is to search the Celebration of Women Writers site (see below), edited by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, and the Online Books Page, by John Mark Ockerbloom, both mounted by the University of Pennsylvania Digital Library. Examples of various projects linked from these sites as well as other resources on women writers are listed below. There is no way to limit a search to women writers in Google Books, though if you know the author or title you are interested in, it is definitely worth trying. Another big project is the Open Library, from The Internet Archive, which does offer a way to just find books by women authors (any format) or limited to E-Texts in the project. (A subject search for "women" turns up thousands of books in numerous subjects.)
- American Female Poets, an 1853 anthology, is one of the books in fulltext in the American Verse Project at the University of Michigan.
- Bartleby.com: Great Books Online includes works by Agatha Christie, Emily Dickinson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Post, Gertrude Stein, and Mary Wollstonecraft.
- British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832 electronic text collection from UC-Davis.
- Brown Women Writers Project is creating an electronic textbase of women's writing in English before 1830.
- William B. Cairns Collection of American Women Writers 1650-1920, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Memorial Library site describes this major literary collection. "What Can a Woman Do?" by Amy Hielsberg is an article about the collection, from the Wisconsin Alumnus v. 86, no. 3 (1985) (click on the article from the table of contents).
- Contemporary Women Novelists: A Selected Annotated List, by Helene Androski (1996)
- A Celebration of Women Writers is browsable by author, century, and country. Included are links to available on-line works by or about them.
- The Literature section of the Feminist Majority Foundation site includes links to many pages for individual authors.
- Digital Schomburg Collection of African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century digitized works including visual images. Some of the authors and works included are: Alice Dunbar-Nelson: Goodness of St. Rocque and Violets and Other Tales, Mary Prince: History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Adah Isaacs Menken: Infelicia, V.W. Broughton: Twenty Year's Experience of a Missionary, N.F. Mosell: The Work of the Afro-American Woman, and poems by Eloise Bibb, H. Cordelia Ray, Mary E. Tucker, and Phillis Wheatley
- Domestic Goddesses, a.k.a. Scribbling Women page by Kim Wells, Texas A.& M, collects literary criticism for Victorian writers of domestic fiction. Writers are Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sara Josepha Hale, Sarah Orne Jewett, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Susan Wagner, and Edith Wharton.
- Emory Women Writers Resource Project includes hypertext versions of works by numerous women writers from the 17th through the 20th century. The project includes genre fiction; early modern works, through the 18th century; World War I poetry; Native American works; works on abolition, freedom and rights; and women's advocacy.
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Utopia
Information about feminist science fiction authors and books.
- "Gender and Creative Writing: A Bibliography," by Susan Hubbard and Gail Stygall.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center has a library.
- Harriet Wilson Project's purpose is to is to raise awareness of Harriet Wilson and her literary work, Our Nig.
- Household Words: Women Write From and For the Kitchen is an online exhibit of from the Van Pelt Lib., Univ. of Pennsylvania.
University of Virginia has hypertext versions of
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs
- The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
- The Life of Harriet Stuart, by Charlotte Lennox
- Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Nig, by Harriet Wilson.[appears to work in IE, but not in Firefox, 8/2008]
Many more full-text online versions of works by women writers are part of U. VA's Texts by Women Writers from the Modern English Collection.
- International Centre for Women Playwrights supports female dramatists around the world. Site includes a newsletter, Seasons and databases of playwrights and plays.
- Native American Women Playwrights Archive at Miami University of Ohio includes author information, synopses, and more.
- Nineteenth Century American Women Writers texts is a section of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers's site.
- Texts by Women Writers from the Modern English Collection, University of Virginia Electronic Text Center, includes scores of works by American and British women writers.
- The Open Library offers a way to just find books by women authors (any format) or limited to E-Texts in the project sponsored by The Internet Archive. (A subject search for "women" turns up thousands of books in numerous subjects.)
- Poetess Archive is both a database and a journal covering the time when "popular poetry was often written in what came to be designated an "effeminate" style, whether written by men or women." The database has over 4,000 items in it as of early 2010, "for works by and about writers working in and against the “poetess tradition.”
- Project Gutenberg, the pioneer project to offer books in electronic form on the Internet, contains whole texts of Emma Goldman, Kate Chopin, Olive Schreiner,and other women writers. Database is searchable by authors, titles, and subjects.
- Sisters in Crime (SinC) "is an international organization of writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers and teachers interested in promoting the work of women mystery writers." Site includes a bibliography, arranged by author and books-in-print catalogs, which currently works for children and young adult and works in German.
- Victorian Women Writers Project at Indiana Univ. includes works by British writers Louisa Bevington, Amy Levy, Dollie Radford, and others.
- Voices From the Gaps: Women Writers of Color, developed at the University of Minnesota by professors Toni McNaron (English), Carol Miller (American Studies), and Laurie Dickinson (graduate student in English).
- Wisconsin Women Writers of Adult Fiction and Poetry 1962-1992 bibliography
- Women and World Literature bibliography of anthologies in translation
- Women Mystery Writers bibliography
- Women of the Arthurian Legend, by Katherine Marsh , University of Rochester.
- Women Romantic Era Writers site maintained by Adriana Craciun points to electronic texts produced in a variety of places as well as some contemporaneous responses and visual sites.
- Women's Literary Salons Archive, 1975-1985, New York, Cerridwen, Paris, Los Angeles; Ephemera from the Collection of Professor Gloria Orenstein, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California. Documents a feminist forum for intellectual discussion and for the presentation of feminist writings from the time period.
- Women Writers is an e-zine.
- Women's Writing is a journal concerned with works written before about 1900.