The Online Library of Liberty (OLL) is pleased to be attending the August 2008 American Political Science Association Meeting in Boston.
For more information about the OLL, see the following documents:
About the OLL
The OLL is a multi-award winning library of over 1,000 classic texts and 600 essays and study aids which are made available at no charge to the public for teaching & learning about the humanities & social sciences. It has a powerful search engine which allows full text searches, downloadable MARC records, and customizable reading lists for teachers & professors.
The texts span 4,000 years of human history & cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, sociology, & war & peace. Most books are available in 3 different formats: facsimile PDF so that scholars can see what the original text looked like; professionally proof-read HTML with detailed and linked table of contents to aid navigation; & downloadable, self-contained, & searchable PDF E-Books. All authors have a brief bio & are grouped into schools of thought, historical period, & nationality. All books have a brief description of their content & are organized into collections such as subject areas, topics, debates, & other special collections. Detailed bibliographical, copyright, & fair use information is provided about each book.
The OLL has been recognized by a number of prestigious bodies for its outstanding contribution to research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences. The National Endowment for the
Humanities gave the OLL its “Best of the Humanities on the Web” Award (2005) saying “the OLL has some of the highest quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet.” The British Arts and Humanities Research Council’s gave the OLL its “Editor’s Choice” Award (2007): describing it as “one of the best and most relevant online resources in the arts and humanities. The International Political Science
Association has selected the OLL as one of the Top 300 websites in the world for research in political science.
Of Special Interest to those in Political Science
- the most scholarly editions of the complete works of Adam Smith (Oxford UP), David Ricardo (Cambridge UP), John Stuart Mill (University of Toronto P). See the Special Collections page.
- the collected works of the following Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, James Wilson, John Adams
- the Debates in the State Conventions (Elliot), and the Records of the Federal Convention (Farrand)
- the collected works of others such as Machiavelli, William Shakespeare, John Locke, Montesquieu, Thomas Paine
- The Intellectual Portrait Series with 25 hours of MP3 audio of interviews with leading economists and political philosophers such as Armen Alchian, Gary Becker, James Buchanan, Ronald Coase, Milton Friedman.
- 1,081 titles in total: 401 volumes on political theory, 312 on economics, 234 on history, 157 on philosophy, 110 on the American Revolution & Constitution
- titles are organised into Topics, such as the American Revolution, the Rights of Women, and Freedom of Speech; and Debates, such as on the French Revolution and ideas about Utopias
- authors are organised into Schools of Thought, such as 19th Century Utilitarians, the Anti-Federalists, and the Founding Fathers of the American Constitution
- scholars & others have created their own annotated reading lists of OLL material, many on Political Theory
- hundreds of biographies, bibliographies, & essays on key political ideas & political theorists
- timelines of key authors & intellectual debates
- over 80 key political & legal documents chronicling the development of free societies in the west
- Course Reading Lists on Political Theory created by users of the OLL with links to key texts
- Debates: socialism, equality, religious toleration, French Revolution, Utopias
- Collections: Banned Books
- Schools of Thought: Founding Fathers, abolition, Scottish Enlightenment
- Topics: freedom of speech, American Revolution, rights of women, progress, property
User Created Reading Lists
Teachers & professors can now create their own customized reading lists for their classes using the resources of the OLL. See how to do this.
- sign on & begin browsing the OLL website to select entire books or chapters to add to your list.
- when you are finished making your selections you can edit your list giving it a title, adding explanatory information about your course, adding links to your own institution’s websites, changing the order of the readings, & so on.
- when your reading list is finished you assign it to a subject area (e.g. “History”) & a suitable audience (e.g. “College Undergraduate”). If it is appropriate we will publish it on the OLL so your students can access it via the WWW.
- browse our current reading lists for inspiration. See what other teachers are doing & how they are using the OLL to facilitate teaching & learning in the humanities.