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Useful Databases and Websites

Early Books, Newspapers, and Journals

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

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Irish Newspaper Archives

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British Periodicals (Collection I)

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP)

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Early Book Catalogues

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)

  • Lists over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800
  • Mainly, but not exclusively, in English
  • Published mainly in the British Isles and British colonies
  • From the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries

Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC)

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Library of Congress Online Catalogs

Catalogue of the Library of Congress in the United States.
See also the Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

Catalogue Collectif de France

  • Locate more than 20 million documents in the French library system
  • Search the catalogues of the Bibliothèque Nationale and French academic and public libraries using a single search interface
  • Search a directory of 4,100 French libraries and documentation centres, and access a description of their contents

Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC)

The USTC is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century.

Book History Databases

The British Book Trade Index

  • Indexes workers in the book trade in England and Wales up to 1851
  • Covers a wide range of book-related trades, including printers, publishers, booksellers, stationers, papermakers, and engravers.
  • Gives names, biographical and trade details, and sources of further information
  • Searchable by name, trade, location, and date

Scottish Book Trade Index (SBTI)

  • Indexes names, trades, and addresses of people involved in the Scottish book trade
  • Covers the period from the beginnings of Scottish printing to about 1850
  • Includes printers, publishers, booksellers, bookbinders, printmakers, stationers and papermakers
  • A work in progress, updated periodically

Exeter Working Papers in Book History

  • Extensive coverage of the book trade in London and Devon
  • Some coverage of the wider UK and international book trade
  • Indexes, checklists, and biographical information
  • Covers a range of dates, with emphasis on the 18th and early 19th century

London Book Trades: A Biographical Resource

  • Biographical information about people who worked in the London book trades
  • Contains entries for over 30,000 individuals
  • Covers the period from the introduction of printing to around 1830
  • A work-in-progress and does not provide comprehensive coverage
  • Downloadable as a Microsoft Access file

Book History Online (BHO)

  • Online bibliography of the history of the printed book and libraries
  • Book production, distribution, conservation, description and analysis.
  • History of the arts, crafts, techniques, and equipment in relation to books
  • History of books and libraries in their economic, social and cultural environment

Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration (DMVI)

  • High quality images of 868 literary illustrations published around 1862
  • Searchable by keyword, illustrator, engraver, and iconographic category
  • Bibliographic and iconographic details with the images

The Reading Experience Database (RED)

  • Details what people read, where they read it, and what they thought of it
  • Covers the period 1450-1945
  • A work in progress
  • Limited to the experiences of British subjects
  • Searchable by keyword, name, date, socio-economic group, gender, religion, occupation, and type of text read

Book History Societies

The Printing Historical Society

  • Indexes the Society's Journal
  • Lists relevant publications
  • Links to websites of relevance to printing historians
  • Details events and available research grants

SHARP Web - The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

  • Lists conferences, events and calls for papers
  • Provides an extensive list of links to related websites, such as research resources, online exhibitions, book history courses, and projects and societies
  • Lists relevant journals and publications


CESAR - Calendrier Electronique des Spectacles sous l'Ancien Régime et sous la Révolution

  • Contains a database and image bank dedicated to Ancien Régime and Revolutionary theatre
  • Searchable by category and name
  • Information and images on all aspects of the French theatre between 1600 and 1800
  • Supplementary materials such as contemporary reviews, police reports and treatises
  • Available in French and English

RASCAL - Research and Special Collections Available Locally

  • Contains details of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives in Ireland
  • Records details of content, location, format and access
  • Can be searched or browsed by title or institution

Manuscript-Related Websites

1641 Depositions

  • A fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 Depositions

Beyond 2022 - Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury

  • An all-island collaborative project to create a virtual reconstruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland which was destroyed in 1922


  • Reconstruction of the medieval Chancery records which were destroyed in 1922.

The Down Survey Project

  • Digitised versions of the surviving maps of the Down Survey of the 1650s