¶ Dear readers,
¶ As a researcher, the internet and the mass of digital projects in recent years has evened the playing field unlike that of any previous generation. The out-pouring of open-source and digitization projects of materials already out of copyright has meant that if you have access to the web, you have access to the texts of the early modern world.
¶ Moving toward the end of the semester, I try to use my pedagogical energies to start designing for next fall’s courses while I am still in that mind. It is increasingly difficult to get students to buy pre-copyright texts because they have access to them for free online, so good digital editions are of increasing importance. If they aren’t going to buy the book, it is a salve to have online sources I trust to which to point them. Here are a few sources, organized around a single author, that include the kind of critical apparatus and ease of use I look for in print teaching editions.