Early modern web links
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BOPCRIS: British Official publications 1688-1800
A full set of 18th, 19th and 20th Century British Official Publications consists of approximately 250,000 Parliamentary Papers and an unknown number of non-parliamentary publications.
British History Online
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.
British Library Catalogue
With 'Explore the British Library' you can search, view and order items from our main catalogue of nearly 57 million records, or search the contents of the Library's website. Search other BL catalogues for Archive and Manuscript sources.
C18-L: Resources for 18th-century studies across the disciplines
Resources for 18th-century studies across the disciplines, which has an interdisciplinary bibliography on as many aspects of 1660-1830 as possible.
Clergy of the Church of England Database
The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd), launched in 1999 and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, makes available and searchable the principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales with the aim of providing coverage of as many clerical lives as possible from the Reformation to the mid-nineteenth century.
Collection of Broadside Ballads
The Bodleian Library has unparalleled holdings of over 30,000 ballads in several major collections. The original printed materials range from the 16th- to the 20th-Century. The Broadside Ballads project makes the digitised copies of the sheets and ballads available to the research community.
Quarterly online journal first published in 2000, is deliberately more informal than most scholarly journals with more emphasis on think-pieces and exchanges of scholarly opinions than on fresh scholarship.
Copac gives you details of materials in over 70 institutions. This includes all the UK copyright libraries.
Early American Imprints
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 has been hailed as the definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America. This incomparable digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period
Early English Books Online
A huge online corpus of texts published in Britain from 1475 to 1700. Many include page images, and some transcriptions.
Early Modern Notes
Blog of Dr. Sharon Howard; Project Manager at the University of Sheffield
Early Modern Online Bibliography
Blog created by Anna Battigelli (SUNY Plattsburgh) and Eleanor Shevlin (West Chester University of Pennsylvania) for feedback on the EEBO, ECCO and Burney Collection Online
Early Modern Resources
Early Modern Resources is a gateway site for anyone studying the early modern period (c.1500-1800 CE). It only lists resources that are free to access and are primarily concerned with the period. Sites are checked for suitability but not rigorously evaluated.
Ecclesiastical Sources for Slave Societies
This unique digital collection is maintained at Vanderbilt University and includes the oldest serial data on Africans in the Atlantic world, dating from the sixteenth century. Materials from the oldest churches in Havana and Matanzas are available online.
Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland (pages works in English, sources are mainly medieval, with some early modern)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
An online corpus of texts published in Britain from 1700-1800, based on the English Short Title Catalogue and containing over 180,000 titles.
As the official publication of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Eighteenth-Century Studies is committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture. The journal selects essays that employ different modes of analysis and disciplinary discourses to explore how recent historiographical, critical, and theoretical ideas have engaged scholars concerned with the eighteenth cent
Empire Online is a powerful and interactive digital resource, enabling undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society.
English Short Title Catalogue
Lists over 460,000 printed items published between 1473 and 1800, giving the archival location of all known copies (and hence allows you to supplement both EEBO and ECCO, which do not hold copies of all printed items)
Gallica digital library
The French National Library's collection of its scanned holdings (page works in English, sources are in many languages)
Global Books in Print
Books In Print offers one-stop access to more than 4 million titles — as well as 250,000 publishers. Integrating several leading databases within one Web interface.
Index to Theses
A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1716.
ISI Web of Knowledge
The Web of Knowledge Service for UK Education provides a single route of access to Thomson Reuters's products subscribed to by an individual institution. It includes Web of Science; Journal Citation Reports; Current Contents Connect; Derwent Innovations Index and many others. This platform provides a unique way of searching, including the ability to perform an 'All Database' search on the content of multiple searchable products.
Iter, meaning a journey or a path in Latin, is a not-for-profit partnership dedicated to the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development and distribution of online resources.
John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera offers a fresh view of British history through primary, uninterpreted printed documents which, produced for short-term use, have survived by chance.
John White Drawings / Theodore de Bry Engravings
Many of these images are available in print in Harriot (cited below under “Primary Texts: Letters and Narrative Accounts), but this website allows the viewer to compare and contrast watercolors with engravings.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History publishes material on all aspects of the history of the Christian Church. It deals with the Church both as an institution and in its relations with other religions and society at large. Each volume includes about twenty articles and roughly three hundred notices of recently published books relevant to the interests of the journal's readers.
Journal of the History of Ideas
Since its inception in 1940, the Journal of the History of Ideas has served as a medium for the publication of research in intellectual history that is of common interest to scholars and students in a wide range of fields. JHI defines intellectual history expansively and ecumenically, including the histories of philosophy, of literature and the arts, of the natural and social sciences, of religion, and of political thought.
Library of Congress Catalogue
Contains 15 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections
Library of Congress Hispanic and Portuguese Collections: An Illustrated Guide.
The Hispanic and Portuguese Collections of the Library of Congress are the most extensive in the world and include more than ten million books, maps, periodicals, government serials, and newspapers. The collections include rare books, manuscripts and maps about Spanish and Portuguese expansion into the Atlantic, Native American cultures, and the colonial histories of Spain, Portugal, France, and England in what is now the Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.
Modern Languages Association Bibliography
Secondary material relating to literary themes
Munich Digitisation Centre
The Bavarian State Library's scanned holdings (page works in English, sources in several languages)
New England Quarterly
Long-established journal about the region of New England that publishes top-rate academic articles, a good proportion of which concern the American Revolution
Past and Present
Founded in 1952, Past & Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world. The journal offers: A wide variety of scholarly and original articles on historical, social and cultural change in all parts of the world; four issues a year, each containing around seven major articles plus occasional debates and review essays; challenging work by young historians as well as seminal articles by internationally regarded scholars; a range of articles that appeal to specialists and non-specialists, and communicate the results of the most recent historical research in a readable and lively form.
Portal de Archivos Españoles
The national internet portal of twelve major archives of Spain and two national centers of documentation. It easily searches them all and provides amazing access to millions of documents, many of them digitalized
Founded in 1996, Reformation is a leading English-language journal for the publication of original research in scholarship of the Reformation era. It is sponsored by The Tyndale Society. Members of the Society receive the journal as part of their annual membership benefits. Please contact the Society to join or for other enquiries.
Renaissance Festival Books
View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that
Renaissance Quarterly is the leading American journal of Renaissance studies, encouraging connections between different scholarly approaches to bring together material spanning the period from 1300 to 1650 in Western history.
Sixteenth Century Journal
In publication since 1969, the Sixteenth Century Journal (SCJ) prints twenty to twenty-five articles and over four hundred book reviews a year. The SCJ is dedicated to providing readers with thought-provoking research and inquiry into the sixteenth century broadly defined (i.e., 1450-1648). Our articles all maintain a strong historical core and cover subjects from around the world.
The digitised archive of Spectator periodical 1711-1714
Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture
Published by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture is an annual volume that features significantly revised versions of outstanding papers read at national and regional conferences of ASECS and its affiliates. Committed to representing ASECS's wide range of disciplinary interests, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture particularly selects essays that reflect new and highly promising directions of research in the field.
The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
The 1,280 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.
The British Museum's Prints and Drawings
The British Museum's digitised collection of prints and drawings
The Hakluyt Society
Since the mid-19th century, the Hakluyt Society has been translating and publishing sources detailing all aspects of the history of voyages of discovery and exploration. European encounters with Africans and Americans in the Atlantic world figure prominently in these volumes. Website includes a link to those older editions now available online.
The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents
Easily accessible and searchable online edition of Jesuit letters detailing their experiences with Native Americans in North America during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Contains some errors and should be checked against authoritative editions.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court
The Seventeenth Century
The Seventeenth Century is established as the leading forum for interdisciplinary approaches to the period, and complements these with stimulating specialist studies on a wide range of subjects. The journal is international in its scope. There is a general preference for articles embodying original research.
The Times Digital Archive 1785-2006
A searchable archive of the digitised Times Newspaper, covering the years 1785-2006.
William and Mary Quarterly
Now in its third series, it was transformed in the 1940s from a genealogically fixated Virginia journal to the premier journal in early American history and culture. Publishes the most important specialist articles on the American Revolution.