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Classic Literature Library Info
Another nice collection of classic literature in the public domain. They include the complete works of several major authors, including Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and more.

Historical Documents
Internet History Sourcebooks Project Info
This is an extensive index of mostly public domain historical texts. Many documents are on this site plus others are linked across the Internet. Due to the size of this collection, it's a good place to start seeking a particular document.

Quoteland Historical Library Info
Browse this nice collection of (mostly U.S.) historical documents and speeches. Also included are a number of RealAudio multimedia items.

Directory of Open Access Journals Tool
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