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   Part I contains:

  • More than 26 million pages of text
  • 136,291 titles
  • 155,010 volumes
  • 136,209 MARC records

   Part II contains:

  • More than 6 million pages of text
  • 46,607 new titles of previously unavailable or inaccessible materials
  • 50,629 volumes

   Part I and II combined contain:

  • More than 32 million pages of text
  • 182,898 titles
  • 205,639 volumes
  • 7 major subject areas covered


TIME PERIOD: 1701–1800


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Consisting of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online was the most ambitious single scholarly digitization project ever undertaken. Bearing witness to what many scholars consider the three most significant events in world history — The American Revolution, The French Revolution and The Industrial Revolution — this two-part resource features:

  • Full-text search capabilities
  • Canonical titles of the period as well as contemporary works that analyze and debate those titles
  • Works by both well-known and lesser-known authors

From books and directories, bibles and sheet music, to sermons and pamphlets, Eighteenth Century Collections Online features a variety of materials to provide a critical tool for both faculty research and classroom use.

With more than 50,000 new titles of previously unavailable or inaccessible materials, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II is an essential addition for current owners of Part I. The cumulative resource, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part I and II is now available to new customers.

Summary: Based on the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) captures most significant monographs published in the UK during the 18th century regardless of language, plus thousands of English-language works from elsewhere.

Significance: Covering three of the most significant events in history — the American, French and industrial revolutions — and the development of such modern-day commodities as the novel, ECCO is a must have resource, essential to the study of the eighteenth century.

Source: ECCO has been sourced largely from the British Library as well as other leading institutions including Oxford, Harvard, Huntington, Cambridge and others. The books have been filmed over the past few decades and those film collections have now been digitized.

Structure: From books and directories, bibles and sheet music to sermons and pamphlets, ECCO includes a wide variety of materials. In all, there are thousands of titles, each of which falls into one of seven subject areas.

  • History and Geography — Explore ancient and contemporary times, voyages and discoveries, biographies and memoirs, genealogical collections, gazetteers, church antiquities and tourist guides of Britain. Topics include chronologies, recreation, military, travel diaries and topography. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the American Revolution from the British perspective
  • Social Science and Fine Arts — Social Science looks at manufacturers and merchants, artisans and skilled workers, international business, banking, taxation and lotteries. Topics include current events, social reform, business/economics/finance and political science. Fine Arts reviews music, painting, theater and architecture, building and carpentry, vocal and instrumental music, paintings, prints drawings, coins and metals, collectibles and private art collections
  • Medicine, Science and Technology — Science, applied science and technology, treatment of diseases and conditions are covered. Topics include agriculture, cookbooks, military technology, natural philosophy, scientific education and more
  • Literature and Language — Find celebrated eighteenth-century essayists, novelists, poets and playwrights — including hundreds of works by the best known authors as well as many by lesser-known authors. Topics include drama, poetry, ballads, religion, grammar, dictionaries, songs from plays, satire, book catalogues and more
  • Religion and Philosophy — Resources include sermons, bibles and prayer books to moral and ethical debates and prescriptions for proper conduct
  • Law — Follow the development of law in the British Empire. Topics include acts, criminal and international law, appellants' cases and more
  • Reference — View ephemeral material on the whole of life during the century. Topics include almanacs, catalogues and more

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