World Digital Library: A Great Resource
I occasionally come across a resource that keeps me reading or browsing for much longer than I planned, and the new World Digital Library is one of those. Some of the earliest written works known to man have been digitized and are available for study on the site. Over 30 libraries and research institutions from many nations have participated in putting together the initial collection, and others are expected to contribute to keep the collection growing.
The site is easy to navigate, and like a good encyclopedia, one fascinating item leads to another. And another… Browsers will begin at a world map on the homepage. Clicking on one of the regions depicted will lead you to a page of thumbnails of the items available. Click on a thumbnail to see a well-written description of the item and links to more information. You may also search the site by place, time, topic, type of item, and institution, and read the information in any of seven languages.