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This page lists a variety of useful online resources pertaining to the Scots language and Scottish literature and culture. Please also visit our links to other dictionary projects.

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Education

Association for Scottish Literary Studies aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. ASLS is an active academic publisher, whose serial titles include the peer-reviewed journals Scottish Studies Review, Scottish Language, and the online International Journal of Scottish Literature. ASLS also publish critical editions of Scottish literary works.

Education Scotland A national public body which provides support, resources and staff development for early years and school education, and promotes learning throughout life.

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Gaelic

Comunn na Gàidhlig Comunn na Gidhlig (CnaG) was established in 1984 as a co-ordinating Gaelic Development Agency. Operating at local, regional and national levels,CnaG supports and strengthens Gaelic by providing a range of services including advice and information on Gaelic matters, and development of courses and accessibility to Gaelic training and projects.

Faclair na Gàidhlig Faclair na Gidhlig, the Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language, will document fully the history of the Gaelic language and culture from the earliest manuscript material onwards, placing Gaelic in context with Irish and Scots. By allowing identification of the Gaelic/Scots interface throughout Scottish history, it will increase our understanding of our linguistic national heritage and will reveal the fundamental role of Gaelic in the linguistic identity of Scotland.

Am Faclair Beag Am Faclair Beag, an online Gaelic dictionary incorporating the classic Gaelic dictionary by Dwelly. The Faclair Beag is being expanded to bring its content up to date, and includes English-Gaelic entries as well as the Gaelic-English of Dwelly's original.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Founded in 1973, Sabhal Mr Ostaig is committed to being a centre of excellence for the development and enhancement of the Gaelic language, culture and heritage, by providing quality educational, training and research opportunities entirely through the medium of Scottish Gaelic.

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Genealogy

Ancestral Scotland From the meaning of surnames to the jobs our ancestors did, this section of Ancestralscotland.com will help you explore your Scottish roots.

Scotlands Family A resource for people researching Scottish ancestors

Scotland's People One of the largest online sources of original genealogical information, with almost 50 million records available.

Scottish Roots A Scottish genealogy service set up in 1984 and based in Edinburgh.

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Libraries and Online Collections

Edinburgh University Library Walter Scott Digital Archive is designed around the extensive Corson Collection of Walter Scott material held in Special Collections. Includes a page of additional links.

National Library of Scotland Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots; a vast reference library.

SCAN Scottish Archive Network: Internet access to the written history of Scotland.

Kist o Riches A website containing thousands of oral recordings of stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.

School of Scottish Studies Archives Archive of the Celtic and Scottish Studies department at the University of Edinburgh. The Archives contain over 9000 recordings of songs, music, tales, verse, customs, beliefs and oral history, collected since 1951. This is a resource of national and international significance and is at the heart of teaching and research at Celtic and Scottish Studies.

SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) a charity and online learning resource base with 336,500 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

Sounds Familiar is a unique and groundbreaking new interactive website from the British Library, celebrating the UK's many different accents, dialects and vocabularies. Users will be able to hear recordings of people from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and children and young adults are being asked to add their own.

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Scotland's Culture

Burns Country Burns Encyclopedia, Burns Discussion Group, and other useful information.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which opened in December 2010 in Alloway, Ayrshire offers visitors the chance to experience Burns heritage within the environment that inspired his imagination.

Rampant Scotland thorough website "for everything about Scotland", with 13,000+ Scottish-related Links and 3,700 web page features on Scotland and the Scots. Offers a weekly newsletter. Start with the Scots and Gaelic page.

Scots online umbrella website for Scots history, language and news.

Scottish Parliament the official website for Scotland's government.

Scottish Place-Name Society exists for the support of all aspects of toponymic studies in Scotland.

The Robert Burns World Federation world Burns club, established in 1885.

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Scots Language

Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) comprises electronic editions of the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language: the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary (SND).

Elphinstone Kist new and fresh writing in North-east Scots.

A History of Scots to 1700 by Caroline Macafee on the Dictionary of the Scots Language website.

Itchy Coo Braw Books for Bairns o Aw Ages Itchy Coo is a best-selling, award-winning imprint which specialises in Scots Language books for children and young people. Established in January 2002, Itchy Coo is a collaboration of writers, illustrators, actors, schools, a publisher and marketing and design teams. In a very short time, it has become the premier publisher of Scots Language teaching materials.

Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language An electronic edition of John Jamieson's groundbreaking historical dictionary, orginally published in 1808.

SCOTS (Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech) A corpus of Scottish texts from 1945 to the present day.

Scots Bibliography A selected, classified bibliography of the Scots language. Although this list stopped being updated in 2010, it is still a treasure trove of valuable material for anyone looking for suggested reading about all aspects of Scots.

Scots Language Centre founded to promote the Scots language, giving people who speak Scots the chance to learn more about their own language.

Scots Language Society promotes Scots in literature, drama, the media, education and in every day use.

Shetland ForWirds: a website promoting the Shetland dialect.

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Scottish Books & Book Festivals

Association for Scottish Literary Studies aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. ASLS is an active academic publisher, whose serial titles include the peer-reviewed journals Scottish Studies Review, Scottish Language, and the online International Journal of Scottish Literature. ASLS also publish critical editions of Scottish literary works.

Aye Write! Glasgow's Book Festival celebrates the rich variety of Glaswegian writing and also brings the best of Scottish and international writers to the city. The programme includes a fascinating mix of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, talks, debates and workshops.

Birlinn Books incorporating Polygon, Birlinn Military and Adventure, John Donald and Tuckwell, Birlinn publishes a range of books of Scottish interest, including books on history, archaeology, customs and traditions, travel and folklore, modern and classic Scottish poetry and fiction.

BooksfromScotland.com a specialist bookseller based in Edinburgh, Scotland, set up to bring together and sell the widest possible range of Scottish books and authors and to provide customers with the latest information on what's new and hot in Scottish writing. The website also offers publisher and author profiles, and a new publications e-newsletter. SLD's publications are available here.

The Bottle Imp Scottish Studies ezine exists to promote and support the reading, teaching, discussion and study of Scottish literature. Our contributors include both writers and academics, from within Scotland and without. The Bottle Imp comes out twice a year, spring and fall; feedback is welcome and contributions are invited.

Edinburgh International Book Festival The EIBF is the world's largest celebration of the written word; a vibrant meeting place where people of all ages can enjoy events by some of the greatest writers and thinkers on the planet.

Itchy Coo Braw Books for Bairns o Aw Ages Itchy Coo is a best-selling, award-winning imprint which specialises in Scots Language books for children and young people. Established in January 2002, Itchy Coo is a collaboration of writers, illustrators, actors, schools, a publisher and marketing and design teams. In a very short time, it has become the premier publisher of Scots Language teaching materials.

Luath Press committed to publishing well written books worth reading.

New Scottish Writing a list of contemporary Scottish authors which includes publications, prizes awarded and upcoming titles. From the Scottish Writing Exhibition website.

Scottish Book Trust committed to the promotion of reading and books.

Scottish Poetry Library a remarkable collection of primarily contemporary poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English; also historic Scottish poetry.

Scottish Text Society a major publisher of important texts from Scotland's literary history.

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Scottish Studies

Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh

Scottish Studies Centre, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Scottish Studies Database If you are already involved in Scottish Studies, please consider adding your name and research interests to the Scottish Studies Database. The SSD is list of scholars currently working in Scottish literature, language, history and culture, with their research interests and institution. We hope it will help scholars and students make and maintain professional contact.

Studies in Scottish Literature (University of South Carolina) The University of South Carolina prides itself on its reputation as one of the foremost institutions in the United States for the study of Scottish literature. The Thomas Cooper Library is fortunate to have one of the foremost collections of Scottish literature anywhere outside of Scotland.

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